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Freezing Brioche Pudding

Asked by helenaberthon. Answered on 3rd December 2017

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Can you freeze the Orange Scented Brioche Pudding once cooked? If so, what would be the preparation instructions to cook it from frozen?

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Nigella's Orange Scented Brioche Pudding (from FEAST) is a bread and butter pudding that is made with sweet brioche bread and marmalade. The assembled pudding can be frozen for up to 3 months as long as you use a dish that is suitable for both the freezer and the oven. Wrap the dish tightly in a double layer of clingfilm and a layer of foil before freezing. However we would not recommend cooking the pudding from frozen as there is a risk that the outer edges become dry while the centre is still uncooked. For the best, soft-set texture for the cooked pudding we would suggest thawing the pudding for 24 hours in the fridge. Remove the dish from the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking so that the pudding it loses its fridge chill and then bake following the instructions in the recipe.

Leftovers of the pudding can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or can be frozen in airtight containers for up to 1 month. If frozen then defrost overnight in the fridge before eating. The pudding will always have a more solid and slightly drier texture when reheated but individual portions can be reheated, until hot all of the way through, either in a low oven (around 150C/300F) for about 20 minutes or in a microwave following the manufacturer's instructions.

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