F1 Bake Off – Round 13 – Belgium


The ‘Bodding’, to be precise, is this week’s F1 Bake Off for the Belgian Grand Prix.

But what is ‘Bodding’??

‘Brood’ is the Flemish word for bread, and they’ve simply smushed bread and pudding together to make ‘Bodding’. Or to put it another way, Bodding is simply bread pudding!

It’s a very easy recipe to make – messy, but simple.

And the recipe I used was a traditional one from Celia Dreams‘ website.

So, here you go:



  • 800 g of stale bread
  • 500 ml milk (preferably whole)
  • 200 g of brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (or at least 2 vanilla sugar sachets)
  • 4 eggs

Optional ingredients to snazz up your Bodding

  • 100g of raisins or chocolate chips
  • 5ml of brown rum
  • A coffee background …. (what???)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 apple cut into small pieces

Method (for the basic Bodding)

  • Preheat the oven to 170 C / somewhere between Gas Mark 3 and 4 / 150 C (Fan)
  • Heat the milk and add the vanilla seeds
  • Stop cooking before boiling
  • In a large salad bowl, cut the bread into small pieces and sprinkle with the warm vanilla milk
  • Then add brown sugar (and coffee background if using), knead and soak until completely absorbed, stirring occasionally
  • When the bread has softened and forms a slurry, remove the remaining liquid using a sieve or colander
  • Beat the eggs and add them to the mixture
  • Knead everything by hand until a moist but not soggy paste (in good Belgian spoken brusselei r, it says it must become the ” michpape “)
  • Pour the mixture into a cake tin that you have previously buttered and lightly floured (round or rectangular, whatever)
  • Cook for 1 hour.Check regularly that the top of the bodding does not burn (otherwise cover with a sheet aluminum)
  • The interior of the bodding should stay a little wet
  • Let cool before unmolding
  • Serve with custard

Adding the optional bits

  • Soak the grapes in the rum with one to two tablespoons of water. Add the grapes and maceration liquid to the bread / milk / egg mixture before baking.
  • Add chocolate chips to the bread / milk / egg mixture before baking.
  • Add cinnamon to the bread / milk / egg mixture before baking.
  • Add apple pieces to the bread / milk / egg mixture before baking.

Here’s how mine turned out, and it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. In fact, it was rather tasty, especially with the custard 😉

Bodding (bread pudding) in a bowl with custard

And, if you want to see how I made it, check out the video here:

Do you like bread pudding?

Would you give this recipe a go?

Let me know in the comments below.

The F1 Bake Off will be back in a fortnight, just in time for the Italian Grand Prix …

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