Queen of Puddings

June 12, 2017
Queen of puddings

Queen of Puddings is a traditional British dessert. It consists of custard layer spread with jam and a soft meringue topping.

The British have been making different puddings from bread and milk since the seventeenth Century. Bread and butter pudding is probably the most well know but there are many variants.  As well as bread and milk some of these include jam and meringue. Queen of Puddings is one of these desserts. It can also be known as Manchester pudding.

The origins of the dessert are not know. It may date back to the turn of the twentieth century when Queen Victoria is said to have made favourable comments about the dish. This could have given rise to the name Queen of Puddings. We may never know but this is a delicious dessert fit for a queen.

Queen of puddings

Queen of Puddings

These days Queen of Puddings is a rather retro recipe and not made often. It is a shame as it is a lovely dessert and a great way of using up stale bread. For me it is also a way of using up the last of my frozen raspberries before the new summer crop arrives. I already have lots of green berries and suspect I may have more berries than last year.  Queen of Puddings contains raspberry jam and I chose to make my own.  Shop bought works just as well though.

Queen of Puddings is a recipe that brings back memories for me. It is one of the first recipes I made during Domestic Science classes at school. Today this is better known as food technology. When the dessert was complete it was put into a Tupperware box and I took it home for my parents to try. Needless to say the pudding got rather mixed up on the way home but was still delicious. The recipe is so easy to make, it could easily be made with your children.

Queen of puddings

Making Queen of Puddings

To make Queen of Puddings properly you need time. The custard mixture does need to soak for twenty minutes before cooking. You can cook it without soaking but you will not get the same creamy texture. When I think back to my Domestic Science lesson I am not sure how we made the pudding in an hour. We didn’t make our own jam which did save a little time. We just spread shop bought jam onto the custard base.

If you do have the time it is worth making your own jam. It really is not too difficult. The extra taste it gives the dish is worth the effort. It really does not take that much more time, you can easily make the jam while the custard is soaking and baking. This retro recipe for Queen of Puddings is definitely worth the effort. The whole family will enjoy it.

Queen of Puddings Recipe

Queen of Puddings

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: medium
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A custard base with a jam and meringue topping for a delicious dessert.


  • 600ml whole milk
  • 25g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium  eggs, separated
  • 130g  white breadcrumbs

For the raspberry jam (or use shop bought)

  • 150g frozen raspberries, defrosted
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. First make the custard base.
  2. Put the eggs, milk, butter, lemon zest, vanilla essence and 50g sugar into a pan.
  3. Gently heat until the sugar dissolves and the milk is steaming hot, not boiling
  4. Leave to cool
  5. Separate the egg whites and egg yolks
  6. Beat the egg yolks with a whisk then whisk into the cooled milk mixture
  7. Add the breadcrumbs
  8. Grease a pie dish and pour the breadcrumb mixture into it
  9. Leave to soak for 20 minutes
  10. Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/gas 2
  11. Bake the custard for 35 minutes until golden and set
  12. To make the jam heat the raspberries in a pan for 5 minutes until the juice is released
  13. Add the caster sugar and bring to the boil for five minutes, stirring all the time. The mixture should thicken.
  14. Let it cool then stir in the lemon juice
  15. Spread the jam over the custard
  16. To make the meringue topping whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
  17. Add the remaining caster sugar a spoonful at a time, whisking in between until the meringue is smooth and glossy
  18. Top the jam with the meringue
  19. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until stiff on top

Why not pin the recipe to make later?

Queen of puddings recipe. A custard base topped with raspberry jam and meringue makes a delicous and tasty dessert

Do you have a favourite pudding that you make with stale bread? Let me know below.

2 responses to “Queen of Puddings”

  1. I’d heard of this but had no idea what it was – it looks very tasty 🙂

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