A hearty and filling dessert is just what is called for when you need something sweet at the end of a meal. You can prepare this in advance and keep it for baking just before dinner, so that it is ready when you finish.
Classic Fruit and Bread Pudding
Fruit and bread pudding is a favorite of many families and some may have their own recipes. Though you can use any non-savory or even sweet bread in this, using whole meal or other whole grain bread adds to the nutritional value of this dessert.
200 gm. slightly stale bread
250 ml milk
50 gm. butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
½ tsp. cinnamon powder
¼ tsp. powdered cardamom seeds
1 tsp. vanilla essence
2 cups chopped mixed fruit (apples, pears, peaches, pineapple or any one or more seasonal fruit)
Cut bread into small pieces.
Heat milk and soak bread in milk for 10 minutes. Work with your fingers or a fork to mash whatever you can, leaving it somewhat lumpy.
Beat eggs till fluffy, add sugar, butter, lemon rind, cinnamon powder, cardamom seed powder and vanilla essence. Mix into soaked bread.
Line a baking dish with greaseproof or parchment paper.
Put in half the bread mixture.
Arrange the fruit on top.
Top with the remaining bread mixture.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 350°F/180°C for 40 minutes or till somewhat browned on the top.
Remove and serve with custard, whipped cream, ice-cream or on its own.
1. You can make this ahead and refrigerate cooked or uncooked for a few hours or even overnight. This is easy to make, and you will probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Just use stale bread as fresh bread does not do well in this dish.
2. This amazing recipe contains fresh fruits that yield many nutrients, vitamins, minerals and are delicious as well. It is lighter on the tummy than a stodgy bread pudding. When you add fresh fruit to your dessert, you get some more fruit in your diet. Spices are warming and add taste.
3. You can also add dried fruit and nuts to the fresh fruits (or even instead of) in the dish. Nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans will go well, depending on the fruit you select. Raisins and dried apricots are good bets, if you want to use dry fruit as well. Layer these with the fresh fruit. These will add to the taste and nutrition of the pudding.
Calories 472, Carbs 72.4 grams, Cholesterol 114 milligrams, Fat 15.6 grams, Fiber 5.9 grams, Protein 13.3 grams, Saturated Fat 8.3 grams, Sodium 308 milligrams, Sugar 23.6 grams