‘Nigerian’ Bread Pudding with Pawpaw Custard

This was the point of the lime marmalade…but it was TOO bitter. Even to feature, not less star in the dish. Thankfully, I had some great, store-bought orange marmalade which took its rightful place at the table.


This is another recipe from Zina. This time though, she cooked. Baked it. For us.

“These culinary creations all come from the heart. The bread and butter pudding recipe of last year was an homage to her father. Zina: “The ‘agege bread’ is covered with a little lime jelly and cooked in a papaya custard, made with Peak milk of course. Bread and butter pudding is very English and I suppose this represents him sending us to England for school. But the Agege bread and the palm wine is obviously very Nigerian. Also papaya and lime was his breakfast in Nigeria, and the recipe references this. He also loved lime marmalade, which is a rare flavour for that preserve, and whenever I see it, I think of him.”

Edible Identities, February 2013.


‘Nigerian’ Bread Pudding with Pawpaw custard


Day-old sliced bread
Orange/ Lime marmalade
2 cups of pawpaw
350ml Evaporated milk
1/4 – 1/3 cup of sugar, or to taste
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons of finely grated lime zest
Mixed spice, to taste
To serve:  cream (pouring, whipped) and finely grated lime zest


Use stale bread – fresh bread results in an unpleasant, soggy texture to the pudding

Butter a baking dish and pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C (180 deg C)

Step 1: Prepare the Bread

Butter and spread marmalade on the slices of bread. Stack them up and cut on the diagonal, forming 2 triangles on each slice.


Arrange the slices in overlapping rows in the buttered dish.


Step 2: Prepare the Pawpaw Custard

In a blender, combine the pawpaw, milk, sugar, eggs (whole and yolk), sugar, spice.


Blend, until well mixed.

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Pour over the bread. Your next steps will be determined by the kind of bread pudding you like.


If you want a creamy, soft pudding, then let your bread soak in the custard for 15 – 20 minutes. If you want to enjoy a spectrum of bread textures that begins at the base of the dish with unctuous baked bread and finishes with toasty, crisp peaks with barely a whisper of custard, then slide it into the oven right after assembling.


Step 3: Bake

Cook for 35 – 45 minutes in the centre of the oven until golden brown.

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About 10 minutes to the end of cooking time, glaze the top of the pudding with warmed marmalade. Let bake through. Once golden, remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving. The custard will firm up a bit.

Step 4: Serve

In the interim,…


grate some lime zest, pull out the cream and set up shop to dine. To feast.



I loved it. Love it. Will be making it. I love how beautiful it looked, and how easy it was to achieve the ‘look’. If I hadn’t seen Zina arrange the bread triangles, I might have been wary of attempting it on my own….so that was one. The custard was amazing – creamy, blossomy with almost pumpkin qualities.

The spice blend created very warm, autumn-like flavours. Which I thoroughly enjoyed warm and fresh from the oven. For dessert. With a healthy portion of cream, not whipped and garnished with microplaned lime zest.

And of course, it kicked off my morning. Perfect as ‘Breakfast of Champions’.

Thank you, Zina. I’ll definitely make this. This time with proper lime marmalade, homemade or bought. You didn’t think I’d given up on this lime marmalade thing, did you? No way…not that easy.

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  1. I love bread and butter pudding – it’s the custard middle that does it for me… plus it was a dish from my childhood. Never thought of adding fruit to it – let alone something as exotic as paw paw. Fantastic.

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