Beating bowel cancer together

Tony Singh’s bread and butter pudding with orange and cardamom

Tony Singh is amongst the celebrities calling on the nation to put the kettle on and host a Brew Together fundraising event this April for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Whether it’s an afternoon tea, a coffee morning or a bake sale, your support matters.


  • 3 oranges
  • 300ml milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 15 green cardamom pods, crushed with a pestle and mortar
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 15 slices white bread, preferably slightly stale
  • 8 free range eggs
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 55g shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 85g golden sultanas
  • 4 tbsp Seville orange marmalade, strained to remove peel


Remove the zest from the oranges and set the rest of the oranges aside. Pour the milk and cream into a pan, add the orange zest, split vanilla pod and crushed cardamoms and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and place a large roasting tin inside to warm up. The tin should be large enough to hold a 30x22x5cm (12x9x2inches) baking dish with space remaining around the edge.

Butter the bread and cut it into triangles. Segment the oranges with a sharp knife and discard the peel. Remove the translucent outer skin from each segment, and discard. Slice each segment in half, beat the eggs and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Pour the infused milk through a fine sieve onto the egg mixture.

Arrange a layer of bread, buttered side up, in the baking dish, then add a layer of pistachio pieces, sultanas and orange segments. Repeat the layers, finishing with the bread and making the final layer overlap neatly. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the top. Put on a kettle of water to boil.

Place the dish in the roasting tin in the over. Carefully pour boiling water into the roasting tin to come halfway up the side of the dish, taking care not to allow any of the water to go into the pudding. Bake for 30-40 mins, or until nearly set through.

Heat the strained marmalade in a small pan over a gentle heat until liquid, and use to brush the top of the bread and butter pudding. To serve, scoop out each portion and dust with icing sugar, plus a dollop of crème fraiche if you like.

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