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Every other week, we’re unearthing Heirloom Recipes -- dishes that have made their way from one generation's kitchen to the next.
I'd like to say that I grew up spending my childhood summers baking with my Grandma in the countryside. I'd like to be able to recount the stories of picking wild strawberries for strawberry shortcake and learning to make the perfect scones with her. But I can't do this because the truth is, none of that ever really happened. Unfortunately, I only knew my Grandma for a short period of time so I don't have stories to tell.
What I do have though are recipes. Recipes written on yellowing paper which my dad always wants me to bake out of nostalgia. They're typical fruity recipes - Summer pudding, Gooseberry fool, Queen's pudding and Raspberry Tart. They're typical but special: accumulated by my Grandma over the years because of the fact that they are the best versions of those recipes.
This marmalade bread pudding is a prime example. It came from Robert Carrier's "250 Favourite Recipes from Around the World" which I've slightly adapted to make the prep a bit quicker. It's the perfect way to use marmalade - even if marmalade isn't your jam (pun intended) - because it's just such a comforting dish. With a crisp top and creamy center, it's an ideal spring dessert.
For the bread:
10 tablespoons (6 ounces) softened butter
10 to 12 slices of thick-cut, white bread
4 tablespoons marmalade
2 large oranges, zested and juiced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/3 cup superfine sugar
For the custard:
360 milliliters (12 ounces) milk
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
4 tablespoons light cream