Lisa Faulkner’s croissant and apricot bread and butter pudding recipe

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Lisa Faulkner’s croissant and apricot bread and butter pudding reminds her of French holidays and is made with day-old croissants instead of bread

Total Time50 mins plus soaking time

Lisa Faulkner’s croissant and apricot bread and butter pudding reminds her of French holidays. It’s made with croissants instead of bread for an extra indulgent pudding and using apricot jam and dried apricots means you can have a taste of summer all year round. There’s no better way to finish off a Sunday roast – just add cream or ice cream.

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  • 25g lightly salted butter
  • 400ml milk
  • 200ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, scraped, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 day-old croissants, cut into 1.5cm thick slices
  • 125g apricot jam
  • 100g dried apricots, chopped





  1. Preheat the oven to 170C, gas 3. Generously grease the base and sides of a 2.5 litre ovenproof dish with the butter and set aside. Combine the milk, cream and vanilla pod and seeds in a saucepan and bring to simmering point.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar, eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. Pour the hot milk mixture over the eggs and sugar and whisk to combine. Discard the vanilla pod.
  3. Mix the apricot jam with 2tbsp hot water to loosen then spread over the slices of croissant. Arrange the croissant slices in overlapping layers in the bottom of the dish, sprinkling the chopped apricots between the layers.
  4. Pour the custard mixture over the top and leave to soak for 15-20 minutes. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Lisa Faulkner
Celebrity chef

Lisa Faulkner is an actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modeling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well-loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks, and EastEnders. Lisa's cooking and recipes have been inspired by her mother's love for cooking and love for making family dishes that bring everyone together.