A delicate delightful dessert, which can be made in no time... The ingredients used are so common, and sure we all will be using it regularly. Bread Pudding is an old fashioned dessert, and was also know as "poor man dessert" as it was made with stale moistened bread with some sugar and spices...now it's all updated and this dessert is made with full creamy richness and toppings of nuts or fruits. Many varieties of bread can be used and I have made it with a French loaf... Give it a try and U will totally love it... Will soon post an egg-less version.
Bread(French loaf) - 2 cups
Chopped almonds - 3 tbs
Chopped apple -1/2(optional)
Dry fruits - 2 tbs(optional)
Large eggs - 1
White sugar - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Ground Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Unsalted Butter - 2 tbs(Melted)
Milk -1/2 cup
Full Cream - 1/2 cup
Pre heat oven to 150° C,Take the bread and cut into small cubes and set a side.
Take a oven proof bowl or glass and grease it with melted butter on all sides,place the cubed bread and top it up with nuts and fruits and set a side.
In a bowl add in egg and sugar,using a electric beater or by whisk beat egg till they are pale and fluffy.
Add in ground cinnamon,milk and cream and whisk till all combined.
Then add in melted butter and mix well
Pour the egg milk mixture on top of the cubed bread and allow it to soak well for good 10 mins,if you have any left over egg milk mixture add in to the bread.Prepare a water bath(see notes)and pop it into the oven and bake for 30 mins or till the custard is cooked well.
Serve this delightful dessert warm or cold and enjoy each bite:)
Water bath prevent the eggs from curdling,so carefully pour in enough hot water so that the water is halfway to the bowl.I used my oven tray which was shallow enough to hold a good amount of water or you can use any large shallow pan,in this case place a clean kitchen towel at the bottom of the pan pour in some water and place the bread pudding pan on top,this way it can hold the pan well.
You can replace milk with cream and vice versa.And for a variation you can replace 1 tbs of milk with rum.
Adding nuts,apples its totally your choice.
I wanted individual servings so i used 2 small bowls but i suggest to use a single bowl so that i can hold a good amount of custard and gets soaked well.
Keep smiling :)