30 mins Preparation, Make 2 servings
- 1 loaf of Promise Gluten Free brioche
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups full-fat milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 vanilla pod
- 3 cups pitted and halved cherries
- 1 pinch grated cinnamon
- 1 pinch grated nutmeg
- 1/2 lemon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Pour the milk and the cream into a heavy-bottomed saucepan and warm it over medium heat.
When it’s just about to boil, remove it from the heat.
Add the grated lemon zest.
Split the pod along its length and scrape the seed with a sharp knife.
Drop the seeds into the milk, along with the empty pod.
Let it infuse while you start beating the eggs.
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the 4 eggs and half cup of sugar for 4 to 5 minutes, until very light and pale.
Take out the vanilla pod from the milk.
With the mixer still on, gradually add the warmed up milk to the eggs until incorporated.
Pass the egg-milk mixture through a sieve.
Cut the brioche loaf in circular shapes using one of the mugs as a cookie cutter and cut the slices into rounds that will fit the inside of each mug.
Place one slice at the bottom of the mug and cover it with a generous handful of cherries.
Cover the cherries with one more slice of brioche, then cherries again, and one final layer of brioche.
You should end up with 3 layers of brioche and 2 layers of cherries between them.
Once you’ve filled all the mugs with the brioche slices, carefully pour the milk-and-egg mixture over each mug.
You may need to let it sink in a bit, then do all mugs again until each mug is full.
Don’t worry if the mugs fill all the way to the top. The brioche will continue to absorb the liquid and the level will go down.
Place all prepared mugs in the fridge.
They need to rest for at least 30 minutes, but overnight is also a splendid idea
Now turn on the oven to 350° F (180° C).
Cook the puddings in a bain-marie: place the mugs into a deep roasting dish.
Carefully pour boiling water into the roasting pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the mugs.
Place the tin in the oven and cook it for 40 minutes, or until golden brown. The juices from the cherries will have made their way through the bread, which is exactly what they’re meant to do.
Remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.