February 2, 2024


For my Burns Night Supper I decided to make this as well as the traditional Cranachan.  Marmalade was thought to have been invented in Scotland after all although this is now disputed.  (See here.) 

One of the guests was tee total and as the recipes I had settled on for both desserts contained whisky, I made two versions of each; with and without it.  I had an idea that whisky is not to everyone’s taste, not even the Scots, and as it turned out both versions were equally popular!  For this pudding I simply divided the ingredients between two separate baking dishes and put a good dollop of whisky into half of the egg mixture. 

It was delicious and you can see the original recipe here.  I used "wonderloaf" but it would also be good made with brioche or sliced croissants - for a Franco-Scots variation!


8 slices of white bread, crusts removed

approximately 50g very soft butter

approximately 4 tblsp orange marmalade, plus a few extra tsp

300ml milk (I used semi skimmed as that's what we have)

250 ml double cream

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tblsp golden caster sugar (white sugar would be fine)

1 tblsp whisky (optional)

icing sugar for dusting (I forgot this step!)


Butter a suitable ovenproof pie dish.

Butter both sides of each slice of bread.  Make four marmalade sandwiches by spreading 4 of the slices generously with marmalade and topping them with the other 4 slices.

Cut each sandwich into four triangles and arrange them, pointed end up, in the pie dish.

Put the milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, whisky and sugar into a large jug and beat well together.  Pour this mixture over the sandwiches and set aside to soak in for 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 160°C / 140° fan / gas mk4. 

Dot a few teaspoons of extra marmalade over the pudding and dust with icing sugar.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the edges of the bread are brown and crisp and the custard is set.

Serve straight away or just warm.

Serves 6-8.


  1. This is a superb post - I love B&B pud, and marmalade. And fascinated to read the historical revelations. If Janet Keillor were alive now, somebody would probably be taking her to court (like the Butter Chicken Case) Surely similar recipes can evolve in different kitchens at the same time? I remember Nigella introducing the idea of remixing Marmite and butter to make it easy to spread on toast. My kids shouted "Mum's been doing that for years". Your Burn's Night guests were truly spoiled by your thoughtful menu.

    1. Angela, thank you for your comment, it was a great evening!
      What happens when a Scotsman, random other nationalities (including one completely bemused American lady) get together for a Burns Night Supper? Fun, fun, fun and I enjoyed every minute of preparing for it and doing it!
      Mind you, those Scotch pies were a bit of a challenge!!