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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Salted Caramel Bread and Butter Pudding



Bread and butter pudding was never my favourite of desserts, I think it was mainly due to the currents and the fact it was made from slices of white buttered bread.  After baking it looked like slices of white buttered bread with black specks all over it.  Only recently has it become a pudding I really love and that is due to the number of different ways of making it - with currents, with chocolate and recently I saw a raspberry and whiskey Burns Night version.

I decided to bake this pudding after I was left with almost a whole loaf of Brioche.  I had brought it to make Eggs Benedict but only required two slices.  After a bit of searching around the net I was able to piece together my own version of 'salted caramel bread pudding'.   It is very easy to make the caramel with the added salt gives it that savoury yet sweet taste.  

When you assemble the pudding and bake it you will find molten caramel inside and the top turns crumbly/crunchy.  It will rise when you bake it so make sure you leave enough space in the oven but as soon as you take it out it will start to settle and sink back in to the dish.  Crunchy on top, soft and smooth inside.

Serve with ice cream.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Chocolate Brownie Pudding


Second post of the year and actually something I made way back in December but just didn't have the time to write about.  It is made using an electric stand mixer but a handheld would work just fine, I don't think I would try it without mechanical help due to the amount of whisking required.

This chocolate pudding is really easy to make and does not actually require you to buy any chocolate.  Instead it uses cocoa powder to make a rich molten pudding that is perfect with ice cream.  Baked in a water bath the end product has a cooked crust which hides a soft centre.  

This recipe is taken from an Ina Garten cookbook (Back to Basics) and it is something I have made a number of times due to the absence of ingredients that normally require a trip to the shops because they are not the sort of thing you have in all the time.  It may take an hour to bake but its pretty quick to throw together.  It is also very nice cold and turns in to more of a sticky brownie.