Lancashire Wet Nelly Recipe
This recipe used to cause big controversy in my family. My great grandma and my grandma made it in two different ways. How wet do you like your Nelly?
So here's the thing – Wet Nelly aka Nelson cake (I'm from Nelson by the way) is reputed to be a kind of Lancashire bread and butter pudding made with stale breadcrumbs, milk, eggs and dried fruit. However, my granny disagreed with her mother on this and always made a version without eggs and dried fruit which I love.
A Wet Nelly smells of Christmas, it's crunchy, biscuit-like and goes perfectly with a cup of tea.
If you add eggs and dried fruit it's moist and more like bread and butter pudding, so here's the recipe both ways and the choice is yours...
Personally and technically I think great grandma is right (but I prefer granny's version).
Bake till golden brown