Don't cost much bread pudding

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This week, courtesy of the neighbourly project, I was lucky to find some bread, cooking apples and lemons in this week's M&S delivery. I knew that I would be unable to use all the bread but was reminded of a childhood favorite that my mum used to make with left over bread- Bread Pudding! Bread Pudding is a brilliant recipie for using up ingredients. It's a delicious treat and as an added bonus lots of ingredients are interchange!

For example you can use white bread, brown bread or the centres of rolls or baguettes. For the fruit you can use any combination of dried fruits such as sultanas, currants, raisins or apricots
For this bread Pudding I used sultanas that I found in the cupboard, but any combination dried fruit can be used in its place.
Ingredients:
450g bread, crusts removed.
550ml milk
350g dried fruit
200g cooking apples, peeled cored and chopped
100g butter
150g soft dark brown sugar
2 lemons
2 eggs, beaten
4 teaspoons of mixed spice

Start by tearing the bread into small pieces then add the milk and stir. This then needs to be left for 30minutes or so, until the bread has soaked up the milk and is soggy. This is a great job for the kids!
Place the dried fruit in a bowl and add in the zest and juice from the lemons and leave until the bread is ready.
Melt the butter in a bowl, add the sugar, beaten egg and spice. Whisk with a fork until no limps remain and the mixture is smooth. Then add the mixture to the bread. Mix really well then add the dried fruit and apple.
Stir really well and place the mixture in a lined or greased dish.
Cook on 175*C for 1.5-2hrs.
Remove from oven and spkinle the top with a little sugar.

If you do not wish to use cooking apples simply use 500g of dried fruit instead of 350g and reduce cooking time to 1hr 15- 1hr 45mins
Upto 2 hours is a long time to have the oven on just for a cake, however as the pudding contains no raising agents the oven can be opened throughout the cooking time, so other things can be cooked at the same time. I put in jacket potatoes whilst this one cooked!