Orangey bread pudding

by Sunita on August 6, 2008

Yes, the holidays are on in full swing…the voices ringing through the house, are definite proof of it. The sounds of giggling, laughing, and of course, of small feet running down the stairs with a complaint. But, hey, what is childhood without a little squabble with your sibling :-)

But, seriously, I am sometimes amazed at the close bond that seems to be developing between Rengoni and Agastya…they seem to have become really good friends. Although, they still do have their differences now and then, they are easily outnumbered by the number of times that they get along…sharing a joke, playing chase in the garden, poring over books and laughing or being bewildered at their contents; ganging up, in whispers, to creep up behind me and give me a scare,(although the whispers are always loud enough for me to hear and forcing me to stifle a laugh)…yes, the house is very much alive these days. And yes, like every other long holiday, makes me wonder as to how fast childhood flies by. Hope they cherish these days forever.

Now, a few days ago, I made this Orangey bread pudding which I really liked…

and would like to share with you. With a slightly citrusy flavour and a crunchy topping, it was a delight. Here’s how it was created…

What’s needed-

3 eggs
zest of 1 orange
1/2 C fresh orange juice
3/4 C milk
2 large slices of wholemeal bread
4 tblsp of honey
a handful of dates, chopped
a generous helping of almond flakes for topping

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and grease an 8 inch round pan.
  2. In a bowl, tear the bread into small pieces. Add the orange zest and juice. Mix well and keep aside.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk and honey.
  4. Tip the egg mixture into the bread mixture and whisk till smooth.
  5. Mix in the chopped dates.
  6. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and sprinkle the generous helping of almond flakes on top.
  7. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or till nicely browned and a toothpick inserted through the centre comes out clean. It should be firm round the edges and slightly soft round the centre.
  8. Serve hot or cold with a sprinkling of icing sugar (optional)

*note-

  • It may puff up a bit while baking, but will settle down on coming out of the oven.
  • the slices of bread that I used were quite large and thick, if your’s are thin, increase the number, but not by too many…the mixture should not be thick.

A simple , but yummy dessert is now ready to be enjoyed…a hassle free satisfaction for sweet cravings. And, if in the mood for indulgence, serve with a dollop of whipped cream. We liked ours simply like this…

Enjoy!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nags August 6, 2008 at 9:58 am

only 2 slices of bread?? love the simplicity and lack of butter/sugar in the recipe. bookmarked :)

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2 Meeta August 6, 2008 at 10:06 am

ing about the 2 slices too!! lol! Sunita – children are always a joy and this cake is pure joy. Lovely flavors you have used.

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3 sunita August 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

nags,
yes, just two slices, but I must say that they were quite thick…if your’s are thin, you may need slightly more, but not too many, for the mixture should have a light,pouring consistensy.

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4 sunita August 6, 2008 at 10:13 am

Meeta,
Thanks…and yes, children, and watching them grow and mature are indeed a great joy.

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5 Tom Aarons August 6, 2008 at 11:22 am

I’m amazed you can make something so completely delicious looking from bread. Beats a sandwich any day!

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6 SMN August 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Sunita u must be having really good time wth the kids at home i know its a pain atending their chores but they bring back our child hood :)
i guess the greatest joy of a woman’s life is being a mother seeing ur kids grow up. Nice to hear ur kids closeness to each other.
very nice pudding recipe. hey wat if v replace orange wth lime?

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7 sunita August 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm

tom,
Thanks…we did love it :-)

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8 sunita August 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

smn,
Yes,the house does need to be tidies more often, but it is nice to have them around.

As for the lime flavour, well, why not..give it a shot :-)

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9 Mishmash ! August 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm

for a moment your words took me to your home :)

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10 Divya Vikram August 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Recipe looks like a simple one..But it looks exotic.

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11 TBC August 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm

You always make such wonderful things with the simplest of ingredients! :D

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12 ANJALI J. August 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm

when kids are at home, its always fun.. hope u r enjoying too.. :)
pudding looks so rich sunita..

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13 karuna August 6, 2008 at 7:09 pm

looks lovely.

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14 una donna dolce August 7, 2008 at 2:06 am

You manage to make bread pudding so elegant!

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15 Nirmala August 7, 2008 at 3:18 am

Thats really sweet to hear. At home my elder S and younger S too started having fun together. The younger one constantly after the elder one. Yesterday first time ever I watched them playing a game sitting together and it was a lovely sight. I could understand every word of your happiness on this. Thats a nice simple pudding!

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16 Rachel August 7, 2008 at 3:30 am

Simple but looks lovely and elaborate!!

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17 sowmya August 7, 2008 at 4:12 am

nice one..i would love to try this!!!

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18 delhibelle August 7, 2008 at 4:38 am

So lovely, so healthy, so you!

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19 Nabeela August 7, 2008 at 5:40 am

I just wanted to tell you that when I tried to access your individual blog post, I got a message from symantec(my anti-virus software) that this site is a phishing site and it wouldn’t let me access it. I had to use my husband’s laptop to tell you about it. I don’t know what’s going on….I hope you figure it out.

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20 sunita August 7, 2008 at 7:03 am

shn,
btw, you’re most welcome to enter our home ;-)

divya,
yes, it’s as simple as simple can get :-)

tbc,
Thanks :-)

anjali,
Thanks, and yes, having the kids around is fun :-)

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21 sunita August 7, 2008 at 7:07 am

karuna,
Thanks :-)

una donna dolce,
Thanks :-)

nirmala,
Thanks…yes, as they grow up, they tend to play more with each other, don’t they :-)

rachel,
Thanks :-)

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22 sunita August 7, 2008 at 7:09 am

sowmya,
Thanks…do give it a try :-)

delhibelle,
Awww, thanks sweetie:-)

nabeela,
I have absolutely no clue as to why this has happened…thanks for letting me know :-)

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23 sra August 7, 2008 at 10:12 am

Sunita, this is so creative! When I want to indulge next, it is this, it is this!

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24 Kevin August 7, 2008 at 10:54 am

That orange bread pudding looks really good!

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25 Patricia Scarpin August 7, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Oranges and almonds are so delicious together, Sunita, and with bread… Impossible to resist!

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26 bee August 7, 2008 at 5:57 pm

oranges, dates and almonds – spectacular. have you tried adding orange blossom water? you get it in arabic stores. it’s awesome.

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27 sunita August 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm

sra,
Thanks…do give it a try :-)

kevin,
Thanks :-)

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28 sunita August 7, 2008 at 7:30 pm

patricia,
Thanks…yes, they did go well, and tasted really nice :-)

bee,
Thanks…as for the orange blossom water, I have a bottle standing proudly,which I bought a few moons ago and have used only once :-( …found it at the local supermarket…you’ve just reminded me to use it again :-)

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29 Anonymous August 7, 2008 at 10:04 pm

I love this recipe Sunita. I like that it has ingredients that one normally has at hand. I will let you know when I try it.

Mamatha

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30 Poonam August 8, 2008 at 12:37 am

Hey thats all natural sugars in your pudding here..through honey, dates and oranges!

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31 Shreya August 8, 2008 at 5:51 am

the pictures look great! great recipe. love the almond flakes on top.. childhood squabbles make fond memories to cherish as adults..the bonding surely helps then!:-)

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32 sunita August 8, 2008 at 11:36 am

Mamatha,
Thanks…it isindedd a very simple recipe…do give it a try :-)

poonam,
yes, it is :-)

shreya,
Thanks :-)

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