Yeah, I hear you.
My stollen have been building up dust since the end of last December. I don't really go by this 'use by date' business, but I figured my stollen probably aren't at their best. What to do with stale stollen? I was pretty short on ideas, I thought about chopping it up, covering it with sugar and melted marg and then using it as a crumble topping, then I thought about just deep frying it and finally the perfect idea came into place...bread and butter pudding!
Stollen Choc Chip Bread and Butter Pudding
- 1 reaaaalllyyy old stollen
- soya butter
- 200g dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 vanilla pod
- 800ml custard
- 400ml water
- 5 tbsp cornflour
- 6 tbsp sugar
- Slice the stollen thinly and give each slice a generous spread of the butter
- Place into a buttered dish. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate between layers.
- To make the custard, cut down the vanilla pod and remove all the seeds, put into a pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until smooth.
- Heat up the mixture to just below a boil and then simmer for 8-10 minutes, whisking the whole time. The custard will be ready when it thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Pour the custard over the stollen and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
- Put the pudding into the oven for 30 minutes.
This was sooo good. I don't know if it was because the stollen was out of date or the heat of the oven but the marzipan sort of crystalised a bit, which burnt like hell when I dived in but tasted delicious. The chocolate chunks made it even better and I wish I'd added some extra cherries.
I think I put a little bit too much custard into the dish but to be honest, I think it was a good mistake to make.
I'll definitely be making this one again, I might have to buy more stollen to compensate for this!