Jamie Oliver's Cracking Christmas: Bonkers Bread & Butter Panettone Pudding Tart

Layers of decadence come together to form this irresistible dessert.

Layers of decadence come together to form this irresistible dessert

(Credit: David Loftus)

"OK guys, we all know we love bread and butter pudding, but it’s time for a change. This version is super-fun — ripping up a panettone, layering it with chocolate, marmalade and custard, then baking it until golden and gorgeous in a tart tin. It’s a total showstopper, unexpected, and from a flavour and comfort perspective I’m sure there won’t be much conversation happening round the table when you bring this bad boy out." - Jamie Oliver

Bonkers Bread & Butter Panettone Pudding Tart

By Jamie Oliver


  • 125 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 750 g plain panettone
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 300 mL double cream
  • 300 mL whole milk
  • 5 large free-range eggs
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 60 g quality dark chocolate (70%)
  • 60 g bitter orange marmalade


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Lightly grease a 28 cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Bash 2 tablespoons of demerara sugar in a pestle and mortar until fine, then mix with the remaining demerara so you have a range of textures. Tip into the tart tin and shake around to coat. Tap gently, then tip any excess back into the mortar for later. Slice the edges off the panettone in strips and use them to line the base and sides of the tart tin, pressing down hard to compact and create a pastry-like shell.

Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds, then put both seeds and pod into a pan on a medium heat, along with the cream, milk and butter, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the butter has melted. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs and golden caster sugar for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Whisking constantly, add the hot cream mixture to the bowl until combined, then discard the vanilla pod.

Now it’s time to build this crazy comfort pudding. Pour one-third of the custard into the base of the tart and leave to soak in for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, tear up all the remaining panettone into rough chunks, soak them in the bowl of creamy custard for a minute or two (the more it sucks in, the better!), then layer up in the shell you’ve created, snapping up and adding little chunks of chocolate and dollops of marmalade between the layers — there’s no need to be neat about it, you want a range of heights, saturation and textures. Pour over any leftover custard, leaving it to soak in if necessary, then sprinkle with the remaining demerara sugar. Bake for around 25 minutes, or until set. Allow the pudding to rest for 10 minutes, then serve with cream, custard or ice cream, if you like — it’s delicious cold too, if you’ve got any leftovers!

Yield: Makes 12-14 servings

This recipe originally appeared on Jamie’s Cracking Christmas © 2014 Jamie Oliver, taken from Jamie’s Comfort Food, published by Michael Joseph. Visit or follow him at @jamieoliver. Photography by David Loftus Copyright © 2014.


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