This bread pudding is very versatile and lovely in texture. Christmas time can inspire a bread pudding by simply substituting a good-quality eggnog for the milk (or part of it). Also add a pinch of nutmeg and mace to produce a sumptuous holiday dessert. Otherwise, enjoy this just as it is with a dollop of whipped cream.

This bread pudding is very versatile and lovely in texture. Christmas time can inspire a bread pudding by simply substituting a good-quality eggnog for the milk (or part of it). Also add a pinch of nutmeg and mace to produce a sumptuous holiday dessert. Otherwise, enjoy this just as it is with a dollop of whipped cream.

Mashed potatoes can be made almost completely ahead. Do nearly everything – boil, peel and mash; stir in milk and salt – up to two days ahead. Before serving, reheat. Adding butter at the last minute makes them taste freshly mashed.

Mashed potatoes can be made almost completely ahead. Do nearly everything – boil, peel and mash; stir in milk and salt – up to two days ahead. Before serving, reheat. Adding butter at the last minute makes them taste freshly mashed.