Well today marks the first day of spring and also the last day of our “Father’s Day” series.
So first of all, we have a new blog header which is just lovely – Spring has sprung and I love the colours here…
I intend to be spending spring, and probably most of summer, redoing our children’s room. The fabric in the spring banner is what I have chosen to make the quilts out of for their beds, and seriously… you can’t go wrong with yellows, whites and greys can you? If you want to see the first part of this re-decorating see this post.
During Spring I will only be doing blog posts 3 times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, unless it is a Party week (when I will aim for 7 consecutive posts). So please check back on those days, follow the blog or follow Julilah on facebook to get our regular updates.
And secondly… I sewed my finger today (all I can say is thank goodness for automatic locking when there is an obstruction to the needle) and so typing is rather ouchy, so this post will be short! But I want to share with you my favourite “Daddy Treat” recipe. It was my Dad’s favourite dessert, and one of my husbands too…
So here is my special BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING RECIPE:
8 Thick Slices of (old) Bread
A few Tsps of Caster Sugar
Vanilla Bean Paste
3 Cups of Milk
1/2 C Cream (or add an extra 1/2C of Milk)
Options: Sultanas, Jam, Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Mixed Spice… or any other yummy bready puddingy flavours!!!
- Make 4 butter (and jam if you want) sandwiches and cut into triangles. Whether you want big triangles (halved) or small (quartered) doesn’t matter.
- Layer the bread in some sort of arrangement inside a greased (middle sized) casserole pot.
- If you want to, sprinkle the bread with some sultanas and/or spices… whatever floats your boat really. Sometimes I also sprinkle sugar over the bread, and sometimes I add the sugar into the custard base, which is the next step.
- Whisk the eggs, vanilla (please avoid that vanilla essence garbage… it isn’t real and doesn’t taste nearly as good as the real thing – you work out how much you want, you might just want a tinge of the flavour or you might want a vanilla bomb in your mouth), milk (& cream if you have it) together. Whisk the sugar into this if you didn’t sprinkle it on the bread.
- Pour this custard mix over the bread and let it stand for 30-45minutes until the bread is all moist and has mostly soaked up the custard.
- If you want, sprinkle the top with another fine coating of sugar and nutmeg. Nutmeg is my favourite for this recipe. Preheat your oven to 180oC.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the custard around the bread has set. The top should be slightly browning and a bit crusty to touch.