Have you ever done things backwards and really enjoyed it? When my eldest was about two years old I served up dessert for dinner and I can tell you the look on his face was priceless. So every now and then I like to surprise the kids and give them dessert for dinner, hubby also likes it because it means less dishes for the dishwasher and so it's a win win for everyone plus I'm guaranteed everyone will eat their dinner without telling me they don't like it. So last week we had a 'Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding' for dinner.
As a child I grew up eating this pudding however my mother generally added sultanas and serve it with cream BUT sometimes mum would add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and that made it seem so special. Since getting married I would have made this dessert maybe three times and on one occasion I managed to dry it out. So when I found this recipe in a diet inspired cook book I knew I had to give it a go and I'm glad I did. The process is quiet easy, its simply delicious and best of all you can eat it cold the following day especially if you don't want to wait for it to be re-heated.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
6 large eggs
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 cups of milk
12 slices of bread, use whatever you have available
1. Preheat oven to 200°C or 180°C for fan forced oven.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs the eggs until they are well combined. Add sugar and vanilla essence and mix well.
3. Add milk and continue mixing for a minute.
4. Pour a small amount of the egg mixture into your medium casserole or small dish.
5. Spread some Nutella over each slice of bread and then cut into 2 or 4 triangles (leave the crusts on). Dip each piece of bread into the remaining egg mixture and then place it into your dish Nutella side up.
6. Place your casserole or dish into the centre of your preheated oven.
7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until its firm to touch.
8. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then serve. Serve with pouring cream or with a little bit of ice cream. If you're making this for someone special you could also grate a little bit of chocolate over the top of your ice cream.
Note: You could even freeze this if you are lucky to have leftovers. If you run out of egg mixture just make up some more as bread can absorb liquids differently.
I hope you enjoy eating this as much as my kids did, I'm glad that I got to share a favourite childhood food memory with you. I'd love to hear what your favourite childhood food memory was.