Thursday, October 22, 2009

Waste not, want not. Part II


I couldn't find the ad promoting this year's Waste Reduction Week, so I'm using last year's. You gotta love Oscar the Grouch, brings back fond memories... As the spokesperson for WRW there could be no better person. He even made an appearance on Q, though it was unfortunately not filmed for Qtv...

In honour of Waste Reduction Week, here is another seasonal recipe: Bread Pudding! Yes folks, it is the season for comfort food, and at the top of the list (for me anyway) of sweet comfort foods is bread pudding. All manner of warm pudding is heart and soul warming, but nothing says penny saving and waste reduction like good ol' bread and butter pud'. Traditionally made with old, stale bread, this comfort sweet can be made with any leftover bread-like edible: a lopsided cake that no one wants to eat (no icing); stale croissants, danishes or any other breakfast leftovers; day old bagels... well, you get the idea. You can also use fresh bread if that is all you have, but you might have to cut back on the liquid ingredients since your bread will be moister.

Bread pudding brings back lovely memories for me, but some people do not like the soft, mushy texture... To them I say "You do not know what you are missing!!" Fresh out of the oven pudding has a lovely crisp crust surrounding a soft, creamy inside. Serve with vanilla ice cream, a custard sauce, maple syrup, or.... caramel!

Bread Pudding 
(serves one VERY generously! or more if you are willing to share)

4cups bread or other like food, crust removed if it is hard -like a baguette- and cut up into 1cm dice
250mL (2cups) milk, cream or a combination of both
6 eggs
sugar to taste (more or less 100g or ½cup)
butter
optional additives: raisins, a shot of rum, nuts, chocolate chips, ground spices, sesame seeds....

-Beat eggs and sugar until well blended.
-Add milk, and mix well.
-Throw in bread, and whatever additives you choose to. Let soak for at least 3o minutes, up to 2 hours, mixing occasionally so that each bit of bread has access to the custard base.
-Preheat oven to 325'F (170'C). Generously butter a loaf pan. If you do not have a loaf pan, you can use muffin tins, a brownie pan, or whatever.
-Pour pudding mix in the buttered pan, and pop in the oven for 30 minutes, more or less. If you want a very crisp top, you can dot the top of the pudding with bits of butter.


By the way, this week end is the International Day of Climate Action, lots of things are happening all over the world in order to push for concrete action to slow climate change. So reduce waste, and bake bread pudding to go with your broccoli soup.

Bon app'!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dahlia,

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed going through your blog! Thanks for the the the Oscar the Grouch heads up. Would you be interested in exchanging links?

    Clinton

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