Monday, 24 June 2013

Musings of an Accidental Cook

     I enjoy bonding with my family and friends and sharing simple meals  in  inexpensive restaurants. I remember the times my  father would bring us siblings  to Taytay, Rizal.  He would regale us with stories to spice up the food served before us. I could still smell the fresh kanduli (local fish)  in tamarind broth served with fish sauce and green mangoes. I could still feel his happiness enjoying those moments with us. 

    Cooking is definitely one of those activities I would love doing but given the choice of eating outside and preparing a meal from scratch, I'll choose the former.  During my creative moments, however, I whip up meals which a twist. I'll cook adobo with pineapple bits, pasta with sardines or tuyo flakes. I created my own version of bread pudding which I made from day old pandesal and cooked with lots of love and hugs from my daughters. 

Freshly baked Amy's bread pudding!


Bread Pudding Recipe 
(adapted from the recipe at Salamat po)


6-8 big pandesal ( day-old) or 6-8  slices of bread

2 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup raisins (optional) 
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What to do:

1. Break the pandesal into pieces. Drizzle or pour the melted butter  into the pandesal. 

2. Mix the eggs, milk, white sugar, cinnamon, raisins, vanilla extract in a bowl.  Include the pieces of pandesal drizzled with butter and mix it again.

3. Place the pudding mixture into  a container safe for oven cooking. 

4. Bake in preheated oven or turbo broiler for 45 minutes under 360 degrees F (175 degrees C).

5. Enjoy the pudding! Mabuhay!

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