Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bread and Cinnamon Chai Butter Pudding with Raspberry Glaze

I had half a loaf of Glick's Sweet Challah sitting on my bench, left over from my visit to Costo last week, and was a bit tired of having it toasted with strawberry & vanilla conserve.  I also wanted to play a bit more with the Bondi Chai tea powder that Martin sent me.  How could I combine those two things to make something delicious? Turns out, it was easy-peasy! Old school bread and butter pudding, livened up a little.

The English are famous for their puddings so I turned to Cook with Jamie Oliver for a quick refresher on what goes into the custard, and I was away!

I made the chai butter, by mixing 100g softened butter with 1 1/2 teaspoons of Bondi Chai Club Cinnamon, and spread it on both sides of sliced up Challah bread.

Layered the bread in a shallow baking dish, also spread with the chai butter.

Warm 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 3/4 cups cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste over a really low heat - below a simmer.

While that's heating, beat 6 egg yolks, and 1 whole egg, then pour the warm cream mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly.

Pour the custard over the layered bread, dunking any bits that stick out to make sure they're coated, and leave to soak for about 1/2 hour.

Place the baking dish into a roasting tray, and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the side of the dish - making sure it's not so full that you won't be able to lift it into and out of the oven safely!

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees (fan forced) for 45 minutes. After this, microwave 1/4 cup raspberry jam for about 20 seconds on high, and brush generously over the bread tops. Return to the oven for 10 minutes.

Allow the pudding to cool for at least 10 minutes before you serve it - although it will be tough to wait!

I love the balance of creamy, cinnamon spicy, gooeyness, and jammy toastiness, so try to make sure everyone gets a bit of both when you serve it. Be warned, it's very addictive, and very filling. I had to warn Mr Something not to jiggle the couch too much, because my belly might have overflowed! Yet I still have some left - YAY!

Guess what I'm having for dessert tonight!

There you go. That's something by Kate.


  1. yum this looks fantastic, very creative!

  2. Wow, Kate, that really is something! :) Challah bread and butter pudding sounds wickedly decadent, and the chai would have given it a lovely flavour...

  3. Thanks Carolyn, it's not often I can think of something that doesn't require a trip to the supermarket when I want to use something else up, so I was very proud of this one!

    Celia, it's soooo moorish. I really need to stop eating it BEFORE I'm so full I feel sick. I just can't stop myself! Mr Something's not a fan, so there's no-one else to help me.


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