challenge accepted, round #1: bread pudding

Dimitris my friend, this post is just for you.

For anyone who is unaware of that reference, about two weeks ago we were challenged by a friend of ours to make a dish containing only ingredients we would normally find in our pantry. No shopping trips allowed for this one.

Now, I may have copped out a bit as bread pudding has to be by far one of the easiest things to make & I can guarantee that almost 90% of people have these things lying about the house.

Have you ever wondered why most restaurants in the US have bread pudding on the menu? It’s because it is also one of the best ways to recycle stale bread instead of throwing it away.

I can see here that I’m clearly not doing a very good job of exciting appetites. I’m reading over what I’ve just said & realizing that I’m actually doing a pretty damned good job of turning you all off the idea of this dessert…… DON’T LISTEN TO ME!

Bread pudding is amazing!!! That, I promise. In fact, every time I make it, it’s all been eaten before it even has a chance to cool down. All I’m saying is, maybe I cheated a bit by making it because at the end of the day, it’s really straight forward. Still, it’s yummy & I love to share yummy things.

Also, you can add all sorts of things to this: rum, bananas, walnuts, dates, raisins, apples, chocolate, or anything else you can think of. I love desserts that are easily manipulated to suit all cravings.

Ingredients:
– 500g stale bread, cut into 1in cubes
– 100g butter, melted
– 440g heavy cream
– 4 eggs
– 170g brown sugar
– 100g sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 pinch nutmeg
– 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:
1. pour the melted butter over the bread, mix & set aside.
2. combine all of the other ingredients in a bowl & mix well.
3. pour the bread into the mixture & allow to soak for 40 minutes.
4. preheat the oven to 175°C.
5. either pour the bread mixture into a baking dish or ramekins & sprinkle lightly with sugar on top.
6. bake for 40 minutes.
7. remove from the oven & serve hot with some home-made vanilla ice-cream.

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4 thoughts on “challenge accepted, round #1: bread pudding

    • No powders at all, I find the vanilla extract liquid. Actually, I’ll be experimenting making my own vanilla extract this weekend…. should be ready in time for christmas :)

  1. How do I understand 5oo grams of bread crumbs, In cups how many is this? I’m looking at the bread pudding recipe, no knowing the measurements for grams.
    Thankyou.

    • Good morning Connie. It’s approximately 5 cups of bread. You don’t want to use bread crumbs though as you’re going to end up with a very mushy dessert. Instead, cut either a fresh or stale loaf of bread into cubs about 1in in size & allow them to dry out. Then proceed with the recipe. I hope this helps!

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