Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Butterscotch-brioche bread pudding- A guest post for Collaborative Curry

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Collaborative Curry was one of those first blogs that I stumbled upon, when I was new to the whole blogging scene; and Sunitha was the first food blogger I ever spoke to. We had a loooong skype session once and it was so so much fun:). Again, like I have mentioned before, I have a list of food bloggers I'd like to meet some day, and Namitha and Sunitha definitely make the list. But till then, I guess we will just have to make do with FB, skype, chats and blogs. 

I was mighty thrilled when Namitha wrote in asking me to do a guest post while she was away vacationing in India. I of course jumped at the opportunity and put my mind to work thinking what I'd whip up for a blog that has some amazing recipes and gorgeous pictures. After some brainstorming, we decided on the Bread Pudding and I was glad because it is one of my current favs. But wait a minute, that was not the case till recently. Care to read the story? Well! here goes...
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My first taste of bread pudding was when I was in school or something. My mums favourite dessert to make when we had guests over was either the bread and butter pudding, a pineapple pudding or a biscuit pudding. She claimed they were all super easy to make which is why it made its way through to our parties ever so often. Last Christmas, when we were all home in India and while discussing the Christmas menu, we asked her what was dessert and these 3 options came up again. And my brother and myself in unison said, NOT AGAIN!! That's how much we detested the three desserts. (The fact that we still ended up having pineapple pudding after much discussion, speculation and arguments is another story altogether). 

With this aversion to bread pudding in mind, I never really bothered giving it a go anywhere else. It is mostly available in the dessert section of almost every pub menu along with the quintessential British favs sticky toffee pudding and apple pie, but I never really favoured it since it was something I'd grown up with. But it all changed, just recently. We decided to hit a riverside pub on one of those glorious spring evenings when the sun was out and every Londonite was either out in the park or in a pub. You would know by now that the pub culture in UK is so flourished, that even on a Monday afternoon, you can see pubs full of the working crowd. No Monday blues in UK I guess:)
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Anyways, we grabbed a couple of beers and ciders and basked in the sun like nutcases who were sun deprived and invariably ended up having dinner there. Pub food is not so awesome, unless you go to a theme pub like a Thai or a Spanish inspired one and other than the usual burgers, fish and chips and bangers and mash, the options are not too varied. But I somehow always love pub desserts which I feel is as authentic as it can get. I'm probably wrong about this, but it works for me. I decided on a treacle tart but as luck would have it, that was sold out and my only other option was a brioche bread pudding. Ok what the hell I thought, never tried a 'brioche' bread pudding, so ordered it without much expectation. The pudding arrived and it looked as unappetising as I thought it would be, but one bite into the warm and gooey pudding and boy was I wrong. It was just absolutely delish.

The fact that it was made of brioche just took it a notch higher and the slight caramel taste was fabulous. The only thing I didn't quite enjoy was biting into the raisins, but that's a small price to pay for a tasty bowl of bread pudding. I called up my mom the next day and told her that the bread pudding she makes is not bread pudding at all and to chuck her recipe out. She replied that if she were to get her hands on bread with such high content of butter and eggs, even her pudding would taste great. I argued and have promised to make it for her when I have a chance. I was determined to replicate it at home and so set about googling the recipe. I was not too successful at it, but with some tweaks and adjustments to this recipe, I was able to recreate something close to what I had envisaged. The recipe is quite forgiving and the options are endless. This is however the basic version which since then, I have made quite a number of times, and the results just keep improving. The final outcome doesn't look all fancy and pretty, but trust me, it tastes so darn good, you have to make a conscious effort to not go for a second bowl.
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I couldn't think of a better way to show my gratitude to Namitha and Sunitha than offer them a slice of this fabulous pudding, from across the pond. Head over to Collaborative Curry to check out the recope.
Hope you guys enjoy it and thanks once again for this lovely opportunity.

14 comments:

Akila said...

Rich n delicious

Subhie Arun said...

lovely n yummy..

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thepickyeater said...

delicious :D i love bread pudding

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious beautiful bread pudding and presentation

Spice up the Curry said...

bread pudding is so delicious

Turmeric n Spice said...

Love the story . I was laughing when I read " She replied that if she were to get her hands on bread with such high content of butter and eggs, even her pudding would taste great" sounds so much like my mother.

Am not crazy about bread pudding but have been seeing a lot of it on the blogosphere . I love your recipes and since u have done all the googling maybe I should try this.

Btw collaborative curry was among the first few blogs that I was inspired by and I think the guys do a great job :)) and I love your space too!!

DivyaGCP said...

Awesome and inviting clicks. Heading over to Collaborative curry to read the recipe.

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Alpana said...

Gorgeous pics.......am sure the bread pudding is delicious.

Priya said...

Kudos to you both, saw your guest post there.Irresistible pudding Nisha.

Sunshine And Smile said...

So far I tried making bread pudding like 3 times and all those three times .. super failure!
I think it's the bread that matters the most.

Vineetha said...

U know..I have never been to a pub ,not because I don't want to ,it's becoz they will throw us out if we go with a kid :)

Suja Manoj said...

Congrats to both,great post,love it.

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

LOL! :P i like what your mum said about if her bread had so much butter and eggs...
My nephew Ethan fancies bread pudding. and hence it opened up that door to bread puddings for me. i have been wanting to try it with croissant and chocolate chips... caramel would be a good add to i guess. lemme see! :)

Rumana Rawat said...

Superb superb and superb looking dish...