It really takes one food blogger to know another; we know just what sort of gifts to get each other that would push the right buttons! I have mentioned how Finla played Santa in February by sending me a bag full of “loot” including 2 boxes of cranberries. Last week, Harini came down to stay over and guess what she brought me? Cranberries and lot of other foodie stuff plus some photography props! Now, these two ladies and I have been friends for a while and our friendship goes way beyond food and blogging, but well thought out gifts always help, right?
When I first saw the ingredient bread, all I could think of was bread pudding. One would think that bread pudding is easy enough to make but a lot of the time bread pudding seems to turn out a gloppy messy thing which I wouldn’t touch with the proverbial ten foot pole!
For me bread pudding is soft, creamy and moist while just holding its shape and texture. You should be able to slice through it with your spoon and have it almost dissolve in your mouth.
The challenge here was how to incorporate the lime into the bread pudding. I finally decided to make a sauce out of it. We also don’t like “eggy” custards here at home, so I made my custard for the bread pudding and the sauce with vanilla flavoured custard powder.
I used ordinary white bread, but the bread pudding would taste better if one used brioche, challah or other enriched breads. I made individual bread puddings using dariole moulds as I find it easy to unmould and serve them this way. You can also bake them in ramekins or in an 8” square dish.
Eggless Spiced Cranberry And Chocolate Bread Pudding
And finally, a reminder that I’m giving away a cookbook and yu might want to take a chance at winning it. The giveaway is open till the 12th June, 2011.