This is originally a recipe from Malta and I'm guessing it was their take on the classic English bread pudding! It is a very useful recipe to have in hand when you get unexpected guests or even when you're suddenly hit with a craving for dessert...Any self-respecting cook will have all these ingredients in their pantry/fridge already, so there's no special shopping involved.
This caught my attention one Sunday while idly watching the Fox Traveller channel, on the Italian Food Safari. It seemed so easy and the name was intriguing enough that not only did I google it immediately but also sprinted to my kitchen and had it all ready to go into the oven in barely 15 minutes! It turned out tasting chocolatey, dense on the inside and crusty outside, with all the crunch of the nuts and sweetness of the dried fruits adding to an overall satisfactory dessert, considering how easy it was to put together!
I didn't get time to write down the measurements so this is something I'm just approximating, which means you too just have to wing it and see.
- Bread-1 loaf or 10-12 slices (preferably a day old)
- Eggs-2, beaten
- Sugar-6 to 8 tablespoons
- Custard powder-2 tablespoons (vanilla flavour)
- Cocoa powder-2 to 4 tablespoons
- Cornflour-2 tablespoons
- Vanilla essence-1 tablespoon
- Dried fruits-1/4 cup (I used dates)
- Almonds-1/4 cup, slivers or flakes
- Rum or brandy-1 tablespoon (optional)
- Cherries-A few, cut into half
- Preheat oven to 180 C.
- Crumble the bread slices in a bowl and pour water over it enough to submerge everything. Keep aside for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a sieve/colander and drain out the liquid.
- Transfer to a shallow baking pan and just add in all the other ingredients one by one and mix it all well.
- Place the cherries on top, alternating with some of the almond slivers or flakes.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Cool and serve.
Personally, I think it would go really well with a dollop of ice cream or fresh cream :-)
If you dig bread puddings, then you mightalso like these that I've blogged about before:
Marmalade Bread Pudding
Shahi Tukra-Baked and Royal As Ever!
I am sending this over to the Tea Time Treats event hosted by Kate at What Kate Baked for this month's theme which is "The Perfect Pudding"
Until next time, ciao!