Working on new initiatives for waste in our professional kitchens across Ireland is something I do every day. At home checking out my cupboards it wasn’t hard to find food that was destined for the bin. Bread in Ireland is one of the most wasted food items in our homes, so I knew I had to start there. A favourite food in my house for my two young girls is peanut butter, so finding three open jars that were all “nearly” empty wasn’t a surprise. After an over indulgence of chocolate eggs over the Easter holidays there was one last remaining egg that no one was claiming at the back of the cupboard. Adding house hold staples off eggs and milk you have a great dish for all to enjoy after dinner. Conor Spacey Executive Chef with FoodSpace Ireland.







¾ loaf of stale bread
1 Easter Egg (or 1 cup of chocolate pieces)
4 large free range eggs
2 cups milk
2 dessert spoons granulated sugar
1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

1.      Grease a 13″x 13″ baking dish. (or similar size)

2.      Remove the crusts from the bread (in my house we fed them to the birds)

3.      Spread the peanut butter on each slice of bread and then cut each slice into 4 triangles

4.      Layer the triangles of bread into the baking dish, you should get at least three layers so that the dish is nearly full

5.      Slowly heat the milk and melt the chocolate into it

6.      Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add sugar and whisk until combined. Pour in the chocolate milk whisking at the same time.

7.      Slowly pour the egg mix over the bread until all has been soaked up. Press slightly down on the top layer of the bread to make sure that the egg mix is all the way to the top

8.      Preheat oven to 160°C.

9.      Quarter fill a larger tray with hot water and place the pudding tray into it

10.  Bake the bread pudding for 20 – 25 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

11.  Serve Warm


Serving tip:

I found this quite rich because of the peanuts so nice to balance the richness with whipped cream of a lovely ice cream.