Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Homemade Sweet Bread Pudding For The New Years

What's for dessert on the New Years?

Let's take a moment to celebrate the coming of the New Year in an old-fashioned bread pudding. For it's going to be a special eve so nothing can top anything homemade.

Since New Year's day (January 1) seems to bring out the “let’s start with all things we think best for the New Year”, why not start with an old-fashioned pudding bread too? They say we're now  in the "let's go back to basic" days, so isn't it just perfect time to go back to  basic bread? After all, that's where it all began.

Pudding Bread! - Thanks for this photo!
  I actually grew up with pudding bread as part of my life.  Mom enjoys making them and we enjoy eating them, that’s the scene. We soak pieces of bread (often leftover and stale bread) in a mixture of milk, sugar and eggs and leave it to soak for more than an hour, or until bread feels melty. We sometimes mix in lots of fruits to eliminate sugar though you can choose the plain milk-creamy kind of a pudding. Then Mom would transfer the mixture to a shallow baking pan (baking dish today) and bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 300 degrees.

My assignment was to decorate the pudding, so I would put icing inside a cone-shaped parchment and pipe the pudding. I’ve always loved the way I do it and I could've taken a picture of our family pudding… oh well. But it almost certainly look like the one on the photo, though we had ours a bit denser when filled with fruits.

It's fun seeing the family pudding back on the table during holidays, and this time I would enjoy making lots of the pudding while it's the kids' turn to enjoy eating them, and what's more fun is to see friends and relatives widen their eyes in the simple taste of a plain old-fashioned pudding matched with hot chocolate on the New Year's Day.

Maayong Pasko ug Malipayong Bag-ong Tuig Kanatong Tanan!
          Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year To Us All

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