Chocolate and bread with cranberry can be such a heavenly combination
Chocolate and bread with cranberry can be such a heavenly combination

This is one of my favourite go-to-dessert when I need something sweet that doesn’t need too much effort. I’ve made many a bread pudding, but never bothered to steer away from the traditional recipe. This time was different having just cleaned up my pantry I had managed to find some 10 bags of miniscule amounts of berries, nuts, chocolate compound and even custard powder! I had two options, save all the bits and pieces for later or bring out the eggs, bread and milk and bake up a delight for the tired soul. It’s 11pm…but never to late for baking.

Out come the cranberries, raisins, walnuts, ginger-chocolate (which by the way on its own wasn’t very tasty), sugar-free orange marmalade jam, eggs, multi-grain bread and custard powder. Notice I didn’t say butter. That’s because this recipe has no butter at all, just enough to coat the sides of the baking dish. This recipe has been made diabetic friendly, but I have added options for your children at home.

I love the fact that this can be cooked in less than a few minutes
I love the fact that this can be cooked in less than a few minutes

Time taken: 30 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes

Skill level: Child-friendly

Serves: 6 adults

Equipment needed: Baking dish 6×8 (I’ve used glass), oven, egg beater

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of multi-grain bread (you can use normal bread too)
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar-free orange marmalade jam (feel free to use any jam of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 2 tablespoons walnut kernels, roughly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 4 pieces of ginger-flavoured chocolate (feel free to use any chocolate you like, including bounty, yup if you like coconut, it adds a new texture and taste)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free muesli, to sprinkle on top
  • Butter, just enough to line the baking dish

Method

You can use jam, or avoid it and use just plain bread and butter
You can use jam, or avoid it and use just plain bread and butter

1. Spread the jam over the bread slices and make a sandwich of the two slices.

2. Cut the sandwich diagonally into 4 pieces.

3. Line the baking dish with butter and place the pieces such that their peaks are upwards.

The chocolate, cranberry and raisins are completely optional
The chocolate, cranberry and raisins are completely optional

4. Sprinkle the cranberries, walnuts and raisins all over the sandwich pieces.

5. Place the broken chocolate pieces in between the bread pieces.

I've added custard powder because I had some lying around, but it did add a lovely consistency to the pudding
I’ve added custard powder because I had some lying around, but it did add a lovely consistency to the pudding

6. Now mix together the eggs, milk, custard powder and vanilla essence and pour it over the bread. The peaks should stand out.

7. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degree for about 20 minutes or till the eggs are set.

8. Sprinkle the muesli on top and grill for 3 minutes at the same temperature.

9. Serve hot. If serving cold: Serve with hot custard, so the chocolate melts in and turns gooey.

I've added muesli for the crunch and grilled it just for 2 minutes to get that lovely crust.
I’ve added muesli for the crunch and grilled it just for 2 minutes to get that lovely crust.

 

 

 

 

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