NEW FOR 2017 – a series of recipes to feature in each edition of Podio Magazine! We will also upload special treats online throughout the year – starting with this sneak-peak series. First in our festive line up is a spicy chocolate orange bread & butter pudding.


This sweet treat makes a delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding or can act as a delicious Boxing day dessert.

Ingredients – serves 8

  • 1 400g-500g white loaf, cut into thick slices (brioche or a fruit loaf would work well here too).
  • 700ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Zest of an orange
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 50g white chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g caster sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 140 degrees c.
  2. Cut the slices of bread in half diagonally, so that they form triangle shapes.
  3. Place triangles into large baking dish (around 20cm x 30cm), making sure you squash them in, so that no big gaps remain.
  4. Heat the milk, sugar, cocoa powder & vanilla in a large pan over a medium heat, until the milk just starts to bubble.
  5. Take the pan off the heat, and leave to cool slightly.
  6. Beat the eggs in a large jug and then combine with the slightly cooled milk mixture.
  7. Pour the milk and eggs over the bread triangles and then scatter over the orange zest, white chocolate chips and nutmeg.
  8. Bake the pudding for around 40 minutes, or until the bread has absorbed all of the chocolaty custard.

    Serve warm, straight from the oven, with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Alice Shields is a food blogger and a trained pastry chef.  The former Newman college student sparked her passion for patisserie whilst watching her Grandparents create delicious treats at their former bakery on Ribbleton Avenue. For more recipes & tips check out her blog, ‘Bread and Better’.