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Recipe by Tisme

I saw this recipe being made on SBS Food Safari. It came from a series based on Malta, and this recipe took my eye. It was served in small squares, and looked very much like a Christmas cake. I have not made this yet, but will be making it very soon.

Top Review by Jaya-Jaya

Great recipe! I saw it on food safari as well. You can chuck in whatever's in the cupboard, it doesn't have to follow this exactly. I use the cheap bread bought at day's end; rolls, seeded loaves, anything. I have made savoury versions of this with leftovers and tinned odds and ends. The last few peas in the freezer! So economical and quick to prepare. For the savoury version I use rice/cornflour or sometimes an egg as a binding agent, and throw in a few spices like curry or Medditerranean herbs. Whatever you have that needs to be used! Great when you have to feed large groups of children or men. This recipe is cheap and extends a meal really well. Best of the best!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 loaf bread, day-old
  • 375 g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 500 g mixed dried fruit
  • 250 g almonds
  • 250 g glace cherries, halved
  • vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons whiskey or 4 tablespoons brandy or 4 tablespoons sherry wine


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Tear bread into small pieces and soak in cold water for 15 minutes until soft.
  3. Place bread in a colander and mash, draining liquid.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and add sugar, custard powder, cornflour and cocoa.
  5. Stir in beaten eggs and mix well.
  6. Add dried fruit and half of the almonds and glacé cherries. Add vanilla and whiskey.
  7. Pour into a baking dish or slab tin and decorate with remaining cherries and almonds.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour (check puddina by piercing with a toothpick - the toothpick should be dry when you remove it).
  9. Cut into squares and serve warm or cold.

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