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Wet Nelly

Liverpool, North West

(or Wet Nellie)

Sloppy mix made from scraps of white bread softened with water, mixed with suet, dried fruit, whole egg, dark sugar, sweet spices and lemon. Poured into a tin c1½ins thick, baked until set. Sprinkled with sugar and served with lemon custard. A form of Bread Pudding.

Similar to the southern form of Bread Pudding

Original Receipt from The National Trust Speke Hall, Garden and Estate (

Wet Nelly

Image: National Trust

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 4 hours and 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

1 loaf of white bread (day old becoming dry is perfectly fine for this recipe) with crusts cut off and cut into chunky squares
100g butter
140g brown sugar
¾ pint milk warmed
500g mixed fruit
1 dessert spoon mixed spice
3 medium eggs

Soak bread in milk for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
When fully soaked, add all other ingredients, mix together well and pour into a greased deep sided roasting tin.
Bake at 180°C/Gas Mark 4 for approx 1 - 1 ¼ hours until soft but springy to touch.
Delicious served hot with custard or cold with a cup of tea.

'Wet Nellie' was also the name given to James Bond's aquatic Lotus car in the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me".

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