Friday, April 4, 2014

Traditional Maltese Bread Pudding - Pudina tal-Hobz

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Maltese people eat a lot of bread and on many occasions they have extra bread that is not fresh enough to eat by itself but would be a waste to throw away. This is when making a bread pudding comes in handy. I have come up with the ingredients from my mum's recipe which didn't have any amounts at all! What makes a bread pudding great is that apart from the bread you can add whatever ingredients you like best.

I myself barely eat bread nowadays (you know all those carbs!)  so tried to buy the old store bought bread that's usually also on discount!

I've served this recipe a while back to a few Maltese people living away from Malta to make them remember the tastes from home!

  • 1 loaf of stale bread. Both white or brown will yield a good pudding
  • 3 cups of milk (or more if necessary)
  • 125 grams butter. You can opt for less butter if you wish.
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 100 grams sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 100 grams chocolate chips
  • 10 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • Dried/fresh mixed fruit and nuts of your choice. I use:
    • 1 banana
    • 1 apple (shredded)
    • 1 pear (shredded)
    • handful of sultanas
    • handful of cherries
    • handful of candied peel
    • 100 grams hazelnuts
    • 1/2 mandarin peel
    • 1/2 lemon peel
    • 1/2 orange peel
    • 100 grams dates
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C;
  2. Smear a dish that can go in the oven with butter and line with baking paper;
  3. Use only the soft part of the bread and break into small chunks;
  4. Dip the bread in milk. Make sure that the bread absorbs all the milk. Throw away any extra milk by squeezing the milk out of the bread;
  5. Kneed the bread into a mush;
  6. Add the sugar, butter, eggs, cinnamon and cloves and mix together until smooth;
  7. Cut/shred all dried and fresh mixed fruit in small pieces. The bigger pieces the chunkier the pudding;
  8. Mix all dried and fresh fruit and chocolate chips in the bread mixture;
  9. Add most of the coconut flakes to the mixture leaving a small portion to cover the top;
  10. Move the pudding to the oven dish and cover the top with the remaining coconut flakes; 
  11. Place in the oven and cook for around 45 minutes to an hour;
  12. Leave the pudding to rest before serving.
How the recipe was written before! No measures at all! The language of the text is Maltese. Please ignore all my spelling mistakes.

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