The aptly named Queen of Puddings dates to the seventeenth century,but food historians speculate that its moniker came hundreds of years later, in honor of Queen Victoria. It's a pudding deluxe, consisting of a custardy bread base topped with jam (ours is black currant) and a billowy layer of golden-tan meringue.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter six 1 1/2- to 1 3/4-cup oval gratin dishes; set aside.

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  • Bring milk, butter, 1/2 cup sugar, the zest, and salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add bread; remove from heat. Let stand, stirring often, 30 minutes.

  • Stir in yolks. Divide evenly among prepared dishes. Bake until just set, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees.

  • Heat jam in a small saucepan until thin. Spread over tops of puddings.

  • Put egg whites and remaining 1/2 cup sugar into the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until sugar has dissolved and whites are warm, about 2 minutes. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until medium peaks form. Mound meringue over puddings, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

  • Bake until meringue is golden all over and puddings are heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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