Pinner Fair has come and gone, so it must nearly be June! So what's next on the calendar? We all like to have presents, especially us Dads. Everybody is always busy, rushing here, there and... oh, mustn't forget Dad's birthday!

Nip into Marks (he always needs socks) but he does like a good tie. Another dilemma and if I can't decide, I'll get both!

These are decisions made under duress, in an era when we are cash rich, but very poorly off for time.

It's not only Dads that cause this extra stress, but Aunty Maud's birthday, the wedding anniversary and of course many others.

Not so long ago, there was an advert on TV, where Jamie Oliver is off on his scooter, delivering a cake that he has made for his Gran.

Now that's a good pressie. He knows what she likes and has put some txxxght into it.

So, you can see where we are going: let's cook something special for that more personal gift.

The more ambitious husband may decide to get the cook book out and prepare dinner for the wedding anniversary. (Unless he's a chef, and then it's often expected).

But what about you youngsters? Father's Day is this month, and does he really need anymore socks?

Speaking as a Dad myself, and not wishing to sound ungrateful, I love a good chocolate cake and perhaps even a good bread and butter pudding!

Remember, it's the thought that counts.

This is a favourite recipe that most of us would enjoy, especially if somebody else makes it!

Pannetone bread and butter pudding

Ingredients: (Serves 6-8)

* 1 pint of milk

* zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon

* 2 whole eggs, 2 yolks

* 4 oz caster sugar

* 2 pannetones, thinly sliced

* 2oz melted butter


1) Butter two dishes and arrange the pannetone slices in each one.

2) Whisk the eggs and half of the sugar together, boil the milk, zest and the remaining sugar and add gradually to the eggs.

3) Pour equally into the bowls, allow to soak into the pannetone and cook in a bain-marie in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes.

4) Glaze with apricot jam.

NB: Do not allow to cook too quickly, as if the puddings rise, they will sink in the middle when cooked.