Bread and Milk Pudding With a Taste of the Middle East

Total Time
40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

I concocted this with the Um Ali pudding I'd eaten in Egypt in mind - I had half a loaf of day old Turkish bread (known as Tennis Racket Bread in our house - it is oval and quilted and about the size of the head of a tennis racket). It also is like a cross between England's Bread and Butter Pudding and Bread Pudding (two similar sounding but rather different national treasures). I used nuts and fruit I had in the cupboard pretty much by the handful - I'm guessing at 1/4 to 1/2 cup most times.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cube the bread - about 1cm or 1/2 inch - no need to remove crust.
  2. In large bowl stir bread together with nuts and fruit then tip into greased ovenproof dish (mine was about 7"x11"x2").
  3. Heat the milk, stir in sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and eggs.
  4. Pour milk mixture over bread mixture and press down the bread so all gets moist.
  5. Sprinkle sugar over the top.
  6. Cook in moderate/hot oven for 20-30 minutes (until knife blade comes out clean).
  7. Flash under hot grill to caramelise the sugar if you wish.
  8. Serve warm with pouring cream.