A delicious and easy to make Pandoro Bread and Butter Pudding using Chocolate Chips, and a little Orange Zest. Turn your leftover Traditional Italian Sweet Bread into a comforting pudding that takes only a few minutes to prepare and is baked and ready to eat in 30 mins.
Zest of half a large orange optional. Leave this out if you don’t like the taste of chocolate and orange
butter softened for spreading
1tablespoondemerara sugar for a crispy topping
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Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg (fan oven) Butter the sides and base of a 2.5L oven proof dish.
In a large jug, mix together the milk, double cream, grated Orange Zest, sugar and the lightly beaten eggs. Leave to one side to allow the orange flavour to infuse while you prepare the Pandoro slices.
Using a serrated knife, cut the Pandoro into thick slices removing any very dry crusts. Start to create the first sponge layer at the bottom of your oven proof dish using about half the amount. Spread this layer with softened butter. You may need to fill in a few gaps with smaller amount of sponge chunks. Sprinkle with half the chocolate chips then pour half the milk mixture over the Pandoro slices. Give the mixture another mix before you do to distribute the sugar again.
Add the remaining Pandoro sponge pieces onto the first layer, spread with more softened butter then sprinkle with the remaining Chocolate Chips. Pour the remaining milk and cream mixture evenly over the top. Make sure all the Pandoro Sponge is evenly coated in the mixture. Leave for 5 minutes to allow all the mixture to soak into the sponge layers. At this point it may not look as if there is enough liquid, DO NOT be tempted to add any more or the end result will take much longer to bake and could be too soggy.
Sprinkle the top of the pudding with Demerara Sugar and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 mins or until baked with a golden crispy sugar top and there is no uncooked egg mixture in the middle and the bottom of the dish.
Take out of the oven and leave to cool a little before serving. As the pudding begins to cool, you may see some visible, but cooked liquid. This is normal