I love the combination of berries and citrus, so finding Boddington´s Strawberry Citrus Marmalade was a delight - this product contains strawberries, sugar, oranges, lemons and limes and is available in eight ounce jars. Whilst the original was made with brioche, you could use thickly sliced day old bread, with the crusts removed.
40 grams unsalted butter, softened at room temperature (I use unsalted)
8 thick slices brioche
4 rounded tbsp Boddington´s Strawberry Citrus Marmalade* (or amount to taste)
350 ml Jersey/breakfast milk or whole/full fat milk
1 lemon – finely pared peel without pith
100 ml crème fraîche
2 large fresh eggs plus 2 egg yolks – lightly beaten
40 grams unrefined caster sugar
Decoration – 2 tbsp natural brown sugar, 1/8 to 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
To serve – Cornish clotted cream, lightly whipped double cream or crème fraîche
- Generously butter a 1.25 litre ovenproof dish.
- Cut each slice in half, thickly spread half with marmalade and sandwich together.
- Spread both sides of the sandwiches with butter and arrange in the prepared dish as you work (triangles placed longest side down into the dish, nearly vertical).
- Pour the milk into a saucepan, add the lemon peel and place over a low heat, warm until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan, whisk in the crème fraîche then strain into a jug.
- Meanwhile put the eggs and sugar into a separate bowl, beat until pale and smooth.
- While continuing to whisk, add the milk in a thin stream – mix until smooth.
- Pour in the two thirds of the custard , lightly press the croissants into the custard, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge while the oven comes to temperature.
- Preheat oven to 180ºC, 355ºF, gas mark 4.
- Pour in remaining custard, sprinkle with the brown sugar, lightly dust with nutmeg (using a small sieve or tea strainer).
- Bake for between 25 to 30 minutes, in a Bain-Marie if preferred, until the pudding is softly set and a light golden colour.
- Serve while warm with Cornish clotted cream or lightly whipped double cream if preferred.