One dessert I can distinctly recall from my childhood is bread and butter pudding. The best bits were the bread that had sat on top of the baking custard - they had the flavour of the custard but a more substantial texture because they had been on top. The sultanas were acceptable, but optional in my view. Those sultanas that had managed to breach the surface were quickly dispatched to the bin because, in my view, there is little that is supposedly edible that could taste worst than a burnt sultana.
We rediscovered baked custard a few years ago and it has appeared regularly albeit infrequently on our winter dessert menu ever since; but bread and butter custard hasn't been sighted for decades - until tonight. I searched online for a recipe and found this one at taste.com.au. It's made and in the oven as I type. And in case the taste.com.au site ever disappears, here's the recipe:
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