So a few months ago, Nasrul requested a bread and butter pudding...
If you're a typical student, you will often not be able to finish a loaf of bread before it goes moldy. Since I hardly ever use bread, I counteract this by freezing my bread. But one of my flatmates during my first year usually used any bread that is getting risky in a bread pudding.
Apparently, its very simple, but since I never made one before, I thought I better get a proper recipe. The one I have here is apparently a very nice one. My aunt and her family in London had it the other day, and they requested the recipe from the person who made it. Its slightly more complicated than the one my flatmate used to make, but its not too bad. Here we go!
What you need:
125g softened butter
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons condensed milk
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Sliced bread, crusts removed
Milk, for dipping
What you do:
- Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients for the sauce, one by one, beating well after each addition.
- To assemble the pudding, dip the bread slices in the milk and arrange in a single layer in the bottom of an oven proof dish. Spread a layer of the butter and egg sauce, then repeat with the bread.
- Repeat the layering until the whole dish is full. The pudding will thus have layers, almost like lasagne, really! ;)
- Bake the assembled pudding in a preheated 150 C oven for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Either serve immediately, or cold.
Another possible reason is because of the butter. When we made this, the butter was NOT softened, and hence, it wasn't creamed properly with the sugar. As a result, in the finished sauce, the butter was present in small lumps floating on top of the liquid. That cna't be good, can it? So again, this might result in the changed appearance and taste of the pudding.
But even if the recipe wasn't accurate, I found this tasted quite okay (though a bit too sweet for me...). Its quite complicated, since it actually needs *gasp* a mixer (which most students don't have...), but if you use softened butter, just using a wooden spoon to cream the butter and sugar together should be more than fine.
You can also alter this recipe to your own liking. My flatmate used to place pieces of chocolate over the top of hers, which would melt in the oven. You can also add various dried fruit, such as raisins, if you like. Or perhaps, use your favorite type of bread. Or, even add chocolate in between the layers. :D Its all up to your imaginationn! ;)
Quote of the day: The failure or incomplete success of a recipe oftentimes depends upon some little detail that has been misunderstood or overlooked in the preparation.