This is a great winter dessert that falls under the category of comfort food. It is a traditional Australian sweet that was born during the depression of World War II. Now is back in vogue and is being served in the best cafes (with a few modern adjustments). This is my delicious and almost healthy(ish) version…Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS (Maks enough for 6 serves)
600 mls of thickened cream
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
½ cup of ‘Craisins’ (sweetened dried cranberries)
¼ cup sultanas
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/3 cup of caster sugar (or Splenda low calorie sweetener)
½ cup of flaked almonds
1 cup of stewed apple (½ x 440g tin of sliced apple)
2 sesame seed read rolls (or some other bread)
½ cup of frozen raspberries (or fresh)
½ cup of frozen blueberries (or fresh)
½ cup of strawberry jam
1. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add the cream and mix with a whisk until combined.
2. Add the vanilla essence, the caster sugar, Craisins, sultanas, almond flakes and stewed apple. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
3. Slice the bread rolls into rounds.
4. Measure the frozen raspberries & blueberries and set aside.
5. Mix the bread rounds into the egg mixture and combine so that all is coated but be careful not to break up the bread. Add the berries last and only lightly mix (so that the egg doesn’t discolour).
6. Empty the mixture into a casserole dish and rearrange the surface so that the soggy bread is spread out evenly. Bake @ 160 C for approximately 30 minutes. If your surface colours to quickly ( like mine did) cover lightly with foil.
7. When firm in the centre, remove from the oven and heat the strawberry jam in the microwave for a minute. Paint the jam over the surface liberally with a pastry brush.
8. Serve piping hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
TIP: If you are planning to make it in a cake tin instead of a casserole dish. Let the pudding cool completely in the tin before trying to turning it out and glazing it with the jam. This is handy if you are making it for a cafe because you can portion it easily and reheat them in the microwave as needed.