Truffled parsnip & brioche pudding with hazelnut & thyme butter

This decadent, savoury take on the classic bread & butter pudding can be served as a vegetarian centrepiece, or an indulgent side dish

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 35 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 1221
  • fat 103g
  • saturates 53g
  • carbs 48g
  • sugars 15g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 1.5g


  • 300g parsnips, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 350ml double cream
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 85g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g vegetarian-style Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp picked thyme leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tbsp good-quality white truffle oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 300g brioche loaf, cut into small chunks
  • 25g blanched hazelnuts, halved
  • 1 small black truffle, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the parsnips on a baking tray, drizzle with the olive oil, season well and roast for 30 mins or until tender and nicely caramelised. Reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, eggs, half the butter, half the cheese and half the thyme. Season well, then add the truffle oil, brioche and parsnips, and leave for 10 mins.

  3. Lightly oil a medium baking dish and tip in the soaked brioche mixture. Heat the remaining butter in a shallow pan and cook until the butter turns brown. Add the hazelnuts and remaining thyme and cook for 2 mins before spooning over the top of the pudding. Cover the dish with foil, and cook in the oven for around 50 mins until puffed up and starting to caramelise. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and place back in the oven for 15 mins to brown fully. Scatter over the black truffle, if using, add an extra drizzle of truffle oil, the extra thyme and serve.

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