Caramelised pudding…

by Sunita on June 11, 2007

Gone are the days when I could sit down and enjoy a nice game of tennis without anyone pulling me out of my seat. During those bygone days, all I had to do before sitting glued to the idiot box was to complete my homework and any other school or college related work. Later , during my teaching tenancy, all I had to do was to finish marking the students’ works. Throughout these years, once I was done with my liabilities, all I had to do was to sit tight in front of the telly.No other tensions or worries…right from the moment the players stepped into the stadium and till the presentation ceremony, in fact even after that, till the credits rolled, I simply could’nt have enough.I could rattle off all the names of the players along with their rankings…in fact most of the trivia attached to them.

Now, of course, it’s a different story…nor do I know the names of most of the players, apart from a few, I hardly get to see any match in it’s entirety. On Sunday evening, both Dinesh( who is also a fan of the game) and myself were quite excited at the prospect of watching the men’s French Open finals. Every now and then, he kept checking the timings and as the game started, we settled down to watch it. The kids joined us as well and I thought, that, at last, I was going to get to watch it. Things went quite well for the first few minutes. Then, Agastya, who was watching the players’ strong strokes( and also Nadal’s grunts while returning the strokes) quite intently at first, got animated and stood in the middle, trying to imitate the players strokes (grunts included). After a few more minutes, he got a better idea and ran upstairs to his room to fetch his tennis set( kiddies version, of course), put on his shoes and began pestering Dinesh to play with him. All the tactics that Dinesh employed were ultimately of no avail and he gave in.

As father and son were hitting the ball in the garden, Rengoni( who had already removed herself from the match ages ago), mentioned with that look accompanied by a sigh as to how she was having to play all alone. This resulted in me having to give up my coveted space in front of the telly to going upstairs and being mothered by her(yes, I had to be her little girl, or as they say most of the time, pretend to be one).

After all this, when I finally managed to escape for a minute on some pretext to catch a glimpse of the match, Nadal already had his teeth on his trophy(if you are wondering what I’m talking about, he has this strange trade mark pose of biting his trophies)… and so ended another vague attempt(a very deep sigh!!!) at watching a great game of tennis…somewhat like Federer, whose hopes of winning the French Open was shattered once again.

We may not have been able to watch Nadal’s sweet route to success, but we did have this sweet pudding, one of my ma’s recipes, which I simply love and would like to share…The preparation time for this pudding is very little but the end product is great. One can just pop it in the oven and get on with the other work.
What’s needed-

2 eggs
3 slices of bread with the crust removed
1 and 1/4 C of milk
4-5 tblsp of sugar
2 tblsp of honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
a handful of crushed blueberries(very optional)

How to-

Pre- heat the oven at 170 deg cel.

Beat the eggs.

Add the milk and mix well.

Tear the bread into the mixture and mix well. In fact the whole mixture can be put into a blender to quicken the process.

Add the honey and blueberries and mix again. The blueberries are very optional and I would suggest to avoid it. I added them on a whim and it did not taste better, anyway. Besides ma’s recipe did not call for them…

Grease a baking dish or ramekins(as I did).

Add the sugar to a heated pan, stirring briskly till it melts.

Pour the melted sugar into the greased moulds and spread it out with a spoon so that it coats the bottom evenly. This should be done very quickly as the sugar sets quite fast. And be careful, molten sugar is a nasty burner.

Allow the baking dish or dishes to stand for a while and check that the caramel coat has hardened. To do this, gently tap with a spoon at the caramel.

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish or ramekins.

Fill half of a slightly bigger oven proof dish with very hot water and place the prepared dish or ramekins in it.

Place this in the centre of the preheated oven and bake till set (approximately 1 and 1/2 hours) or till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

While still hot, run a knife along the sides of the dish. Placing a plate on top if it and holding both of them together, turn it upside down.

If making a single one instead of smaller ones in ramekins, cut into triangles before serving.

Serve hot or cold…tastes great anyway. However I strongly advise against the blueberries…they did not spoil the taste but did not add to it, just rose to the top and formed a thin layer. They were very much non existential apart from the thin dark layer that one can see in the picture at the bottom of the pudding( however the fresh ones were great for garnishing). Goes to show that innovations may not work all the time…so much for trying to fiddle with ma’s recipe…should have known better…

All said and done, The pudding tasted great. The slightly stronger caramelised top with the rest lightly vanilla flavoured, was truly a treat…easily passed the tongues of the kids who have become my newest critics…

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha June 12, 2007 at 11:45 am

HeHe! Marriage and motherhood does that to you girl,what can you do? Same here.I have.nt seen a movie in full for many yrs.It’s always “can we have this and that?” from the kids and it’s always me who gets up!
Pudding looks so yummy.Wish I could grab some.I love your desserts Sunita.Have a great day:))

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2 sunita June 12, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Asha, I know exactly what you mean…
so nice to have you have you over..

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3 Sandeepa June 12, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Ha ha…good one :) But you are such a sweet Mommy

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4 sunita June 12, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Sandeepa, it makes me appreciate all those little sacrifices of my parents much more…

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5 Richa June 12, 2007 at 6:58 pm

hey, the pudding looks yum! did you arrange the blueberries in the order of increasing size or is it photography, either way looks gorgeous! very well presented :)
yeah, it’s become quite the superstition where nadal bites the trophy, but my undaunted faith in federer stands – 100% :)

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6 sunita June 12, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Richa, thanks…Dinesh swears by Federer and so do I…

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7 Cynthia June 13, 2007 at 2:56 am

Sunita, this pudding is so simple. I have bookmarked it to try sometime.

I enjoyed your happenings as a parent :) enjoy it, soon they will grow up and can’t be bothered with these little things. :)

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8 Mome June 13, 2007 at 4:37 am

hey sunita…i had the laugh of my day when i read abt Agastya’s imitation of the gr8 Nadal…I actually imagined right in front of me and trust me i truly miss the innocent naughty cuteness of both Rengoni and Agastya to the core of my heart!!!!
Btw the art of clicking the food snaps is damn mouth watering :P

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9 sunita June 13, 2007 at 9:41 am

Cynthia,do give it a try…you won’t be disappointed…

As for the kids, well, yes, they will grow out of all this before we even realise…

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10 sunita June 13, 2007 at 9:47 am

Mome!!! It’s sooo nice to see you here…how’s your course going on…hope Dipankar’s fine… you know,we really miss both of you a lot…was good fun to have you around…as for the kids, yes, they’re growing all right…do keep in touch.

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11 Dumela June 13, 2007 at 2:56 pm

wow this pudding looks great and easy to do….bookmarked it to try…

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12 sunita June 13, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Dumela, do give it try…nice to have you over…

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13 Sig June 14, 2007 at 5:30 am

Beautiful elegant looking pudding Sunita, love the presentation as usual… You and Dinesh are such great parents to leave the game to play with the kids :)

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14 Sia June 14, 2007 at 11:09 am

ROFL suni… joys of motherhood hah??? u r scaring me now!!! ;)
loved reading abt ur son’s tennis match and ur daughter’s (or mommy;) antics… u r a gr8 mother n ofcourse dinesh is a gr8 dad… i donno if i have that kind of patience:) time will say…
pudding looks mouth watering…

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15 sunita June 14, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Sig,thanks…as for the kids, I guess there’s no other way out…it’s just us they’ve got to pester and then, in a way, I think once you are parents, priorities change…I surprise myself as well…

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16 sunita June 14, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Sia, sorry…didn’t mean to scare you…well, when you come to think of it, these are the moments you’ll cherish forever…I mean the gleam on their faces is enough for that little sacrifice…so there’s nothing to worry about…you’ll be surprised how motherhood changes your perspective…

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17 SJ June 15, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Recipe looks delicious. My mother made a similar bread pudding, but she used the pressure cooker.

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18 sunita June 15, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Sj,oh yes, the pressure cooker…how could I forget…ma used it as well…

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19 Vini K June 18, 2007 at 7:47 pm

Hi Sunita,the time before you had kids seems like ages ago,isn’t it?I feel like I am in a completely different world now.But I really admire your patience with your kids.No wonder your kids love you so much.As for the pudding,I could have one right now:)

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20 sunita June 19, 2007 at 12:19 pm

Vini,parenthood does seem to change one’s perspective…how’s Ananya faring…glad you came over…

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21 Ashwini September 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Hey Is there any way to make this without using baking oven? I live in India, no Baking ovens here..but i do have a microwave. Plz lemme know..

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22 Pearl April 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Hi Sunita,
I have passion for cooking and I remember making this pudding for my siblings when I used to get back home for vacation during my engineering semesters. Now married for almost a year I just wanted to rejuvenate those memories by making this pudding for my husband. I had forgotten the proportions and while browsing I came across your site. Thanks a ton to you for posting this recipie and reviving my memories.
All your recipies are presented with so much elegance that just the sight of the delicacies makes me want more ;) . I wish you Good luck in this extensive exercise of blogging despite all your chores.
Kudos,
Pearl

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23 Sunita April 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

Hello Pearl, yes, this pudding is in the hearts of so many; glad that i was able to revive those fond memories in your heart :-)

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