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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Apple and Blackberry Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding and Degusta Box

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I received another tasty Degustabox at the end of August and have been enjoying it's contents in the ensuing weeks.  You can see evidence of that in the lovely Apple and Blackberry Bread and Butter Pudding I bakes with the package of Brioche Pasquier I received in the box, but more about that later, right now  I want to tell you all about what I got in the August box . . .

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 I do enjoy these boxes when they arrive each month.   It's like getting a Christmas package because you never know what is going to be in it until it arrives.  It's quite exciting really! Once a month, each month Degustabox will deliver to your home 10 to 15 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service.  A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use.     Here is what was in the August box . . .   

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Born from a desire to bring mouth-watering Mexican flavours to the masses, Mexican Dave's legendary tortilla chips have landed.  Mexican Dave's chips without compromising on ingredients, flavour or quality provide an alternative tortilla at a great value price.  There is nothing artificial, they are cooked in sunflower oil and there is no MSG.   They will be in Tesco stores from the 25th August.

RRP £1.00

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Berry White organic drinks are a delicious and refreshing range of fruit drinks, made with superfruits, known fruits and healthy extracts.  BerryWhite drinks are made from premium, organic ingredients with no added sugar or fruit sugars and no artificial preservatives.  Avaliable throughout the UK including online at Ocado and selected Waitrose stores.

RRP £1.59

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Flavour Shots from Schwartz are delicious recipe bases containing a unique blend of herbs, spices and seasonings infused in sunflower oil to give you amazing tasting meals.  Spoon into your pan, add the meat and or veg with a few simple extras, simmer and serve.   There are 8 flavours available to buy in Asda with Herbs and Spices, or in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Waitrose with Packet Mixes.   For more information visit

RRP £1.39

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Fever Tree's award winning range of tonic waters and other mixers are made with the highest quality natural ingredients sourced from small specialist producers around the world. As a result Fever Tree drinks taste clean, subtle and balanced making them the choice of mixer in 7 out of 10 top restaurants in the world.

RRP £1.69 each

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The Lindt HELLO Just For You Heart Chocolate Tin is the perfect chocolate gift for that someone special or even a great little treat for yourself.   Each adorable heart shaped tin contains 10 delicious melt in your mouth Lindt milk chocolate hearts.  Nice to sweet you!  I'm a tiny tin of chocolate hearts, just for you . . . and your tummy. ☺

RRP £3.49

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Cawston Press Kids' Blends are specially blended for tiny taste buds.  They take their gorgeous pressed juice and shake it up with 40% water for a lighter juice drink.  Of course their juice is not from concentrate, there's no added sugar and they never add anything artificial.

RRP £1.89 for a 3-pack

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Feeling exotic?  Caribbean Twist Strawberry Daiquiri is a delicious, sparkling, ready to drink Caribbean style alcoholic cocktail, containing 7.5% real fruit juice.  Just pour a chilled bottle over ice to enjoy the perfect cocktail every time!  Available to buy in Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Iceland, Bargain Booze and Savers.  It will also be coming to Morrisons stores near you in early September.

RRP £2.50

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MOMA!  Our Bircher Meusli multipack is 4 delicious 125g servings of oats, yogurt and a spoonful of fruit . . .  a convenient, healthy, filling start to the day.  Available in Sainsbury's and Waitrose.

RRP £2.99

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New!  Dr. Oetker Edible Wafer Cases are wafer baking cases which you can eat.  There is no need to remove the case; you can now eat the whole cupcake with no waste or mess!  Edible Wafer Cases bring an extra special addition to your baking and are bake stable.  Available to buy from Tesco and Asda stores.  RRP £2.50

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Brioche Pasquier Pan Au Chocolate is made with a brioche dough that is worked into a light puff pastry.  It is then filled with a delicious dark chocolate.  Individually wrapped, Brioche Pasquier Pan au Chocolate are ideal for breakfast on the go or a snack.   RRP£1.79 for six individual brioche

The Pasquier family began baking brioche in 1936 in a small bakery in the West of France.   Based on a traditional recipe, their pain au lait are made using the finest ingredients to make a light, airy, moist brioche roll you can enjoy with your favourite filling.  RRP £1.59 for 8 pains au lait.

It was the Brioche Pasquier Pains au Lait which I used to create this delicious Apple and Blackberry Bread and Butter Pudding.

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It's rich and fruity . . .

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Stogged to the hill with fresh autumn cooking apple and hedgerow blackberries.  With a rich and indulgent custard, there is not much not to like about this dessert!  Served warm with lashings of more cream drizzled over top, it went down a real treat!  Simple, easy and delicious!

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*Apple and Blackberry Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding*
Serves 4 to 6
Quite simply delicious.   All that is good about autumn in a baking dish.

6 brioche buns
softened butter
1 large cooking apple, peeled and grated
1 large handful of fresh blackberries
140ml of whole milk (2/3 cup)
30ml of double cream (3 TBS)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 TBS sugar
the zest of 1/2 lemon
2 large free range eggs, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger 

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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a baking dish large enough to hold the brioche buns in it side by side.

Cut each bun in half.  Butter each half on the cut side.  Lay the bottom halves in the baking dish.  Sprinkle the grated apple over top.  Scatter with the blackberries.   Mix together the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and ginger.  Sprinkle this mixture over top of the fruit.  Cover with the top buns.  Beat together the milk, eggs, cream and vanilla.  Pour this over top of the brioche buns, pressing them down into the mixture a bit.   Let stand for about 15 minutes.
Bake in the heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until puffed and golden.    Serve hot with or without cream.

Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box. It was truly lovely, with lots to enjoy!

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  1. Hi Marie, I've been following your blog since a year more or less and today I'm here to invite you to join an event I created with another blogger. It's called LA VIA DEI SAPORI and it aims to make blogger work together in order to get to know recipes that belong to different countries. In september and october we will be in the United Kingdom. It would be a pleause for us if you joined the event with one or more British traditional recipes. I give you the link where you can find how it works Of course you can post in English. If you have any questions, please feal free to contact my on my blog or in private here thanks a lot, serena


  2. You make companies proud!
    How nice of you to highlight their products.
    With your's a wonderful form of advertising for them in a casual cozy way.
    The brioches look fab!

  3. I usually try to use all that they send me in some way if possible Monique. Of course I can't always use it all, but then my friends are happy recipients of my generosity!


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