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Give Us Today Our Daily Bread


I tried to put the title in Aramaic but then, searching the internet, I found out that in the language of Jesus, there is no mention of bread. I found bread in the Syriac version of the Lord’s Prayer, which is not the original Aramaic. Well, I can not argue with that as my knowledge of both is zero and I decided to go for the English version, thank you very much. Why have I put this title? Because I am writing a recipe with our daily bread, an old, traditional, English one. And it is just amazing because I have never thought of a desert so delicious with bread, the main ingredient. Apart from the desert I used to eat, sometimes, when I was a child, with bread and sugar, very popular among children those days. You just had a slice of bread, damp it with a bit of water and sprinkle sugar on top. And there it was, something quick and nice for the craving children. Now I will write about something that requires a bit of work, but not too much and it is much more tasty. Imho, it is very easy to make and delicious, and I know as I did it myself, lots of times and following different recipes. Today, I am presenting you a very good one, though I haven’t made it yet. It is from “The Lady” magazine, from 30 of November 2004. I will also mention what you can replace as, you know, being creative in the kitchen, is a MUST.

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 400 ml (3/4 pint) double cream (replace with milk if you don’t have cream)
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) Baileys Irish Cream liqueur (or serve yourself and forget about using it in the recipe)
  • 200 g (7 oz) caster sugar (or any organic substitute you use)
  • 2 vanilla pods, split in half lengthways (or 2 tbsp vanilla sugar)
  • 6 free-range egg yolks (you can do without)
  • 6 whole free-range eggs
  • 10 slices brioche, each slice about 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick (or our daily bread)
  • 200 g (7 oz) dark chocolate (at least 70 % cocoa solids), chopped (please, please, leave the chocolate alone)

Method:

  • Place the cream, Baileys, sugar and vanilla pods in a large saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. Remove the vanilla pods.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 140Β Β°C/ 275˚F or Gas Mark 1 and grease a shallow 2-3 pint capacity ovenproof dish. Whisk the egg yolks and eggs together in a large bowl and strain in the cream mixture. Whisk lightly to blend. Cut the brioche slices in half diagonally and arrange in the dish in slightly overlapping layers. Pour the cream mixture over the top and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or by placing it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure that the water does not touch the bowl. Pour over the top of the pudding. I don’t have to say to dip your fingers in the chocolate. πŸ˜‰ Place in a baking dish half-filled with warm water and transfer to the oven. Bake until set, about 50 minutes.

Bon appetite!

Panem nostrum cotidianum II


De mult vreau sa scriu reteta aceasta. Mi se pare atat de modesta, umila chiar. Dar tocmai acesta e farmecul ei. Din painea noastra cea de toate zilele se poate face un desert minunat, la care nu m-as fi gandit niciodata. E un desert specific englezesc, pe care l-am descoperit la Londra si care mi-a placut foarte mult. In cazul in care ai in casa doar paine si ceva oua si lapte, adica strictul necesar, poti sa te bucuri de un desert foarte delicios, cum nici nu ti-ai inchipui ca poate fi, avand in vedere ingredientele. De curiozitate am incercat mai multe variatii si am descoperit ca poti face desertul mai bogat sau mai simplu, dupa posibilitati. De aceeasi data, el ramane la fel de gustos. Si simpu de preparat. Mai tii minte cum se face varianta rapida a pizzei de casa, cu felii de paine? Ei, asa e si cu desertul acesta. Rapid. Si bun. Pentru blog, am ales o varianta mai bogata in ingrediente si mai pretentioasa cumva, pe care nu am incercat-o dar stiu ca este delicioasa. Reteta este din revista ” The Lady”, din 30 noiembrie 2004. Pentru cine nu are toate ingredientele, voi mentiona cu ce se mai pot inlocui, dupa placerea si gustul fiecaruia. In bucatarie, ca in orice de fapt, e musai sa improvizezi. Totul e sa vina din inima, ca mancarea se gaseste cine s-o manance, dar daca e gustoasa si e facuta din inima, nu are cum sa nu fie apreciata. Vorbesc din proprie experienta, cand am facut niste clatite, amarate, ca vai de ele, saracele, cel putin mie asa mi s-au parut. Faceam comparatie cu clatitele pe care le fac de obicei, ca la carte, si care sunt mi-nu-na-te si foar-te a-pre-ci-a-te. Dar ele s-au dovedit cele mai bune clatite din lume pentru le-am facut cu dragoste si asa, simple, au fost cele mai apreciate.

Budinca din paine si unt cu ciocolata

4 portii

Ingrediente:

  • 400 ml smantana grasa (poti inlocui smantana cu lapte)
  • 200 ml lichior Baileys Irish Cream (si fara asta se poate sau, daca ai in casa, orice alt lichior crema cred ca ar merge)
  • 200 g zahar pudra (daca nu vrei zahar, mergi pe orice alt indulcitor natural care iti place)
  • 2 pastai de vanilie, taiate de-a lungul (merge foarte bine 1 plic de zahar vanilat sau 2, pentru mai multa aroma)
  • 6 galbenusuri oua (fara acestea cred ca se poate)
  • 6 oua (fara acestea NU se poate)
  • 10 felii de briosa de cca 1 cm grosime (vorbesc de briosa aceea mare, ca o paine, si dulceaga. Daca nu ai, 10 felii mari de paine sunt de fapt ingredientul originar. Si 10 felii de cozonac merg foarte bine, vorba Mariei Antoaneta, daca nu ai paine, mananci cozonac)
  • 200 g ciocolata amara de cel putin 70 % cacao, tocata (evident ca se poate fara, dar daca ai putina ciocolata de calitate, rasfata-te)

Preparare:

  • Pune lichiorul, vanilia, zaharul si smantana intr-un vas la foc mic si amesteca pana se topeste zaharul. Scoate de pe foc si lasa sa se raceasca. Indeparteaza si pastaile de vanilie, daca ai folosit asa ceva.
  • Incalzeste cuptorul la 140Β°C, 275Β°F, sau nr. Β 1 la cuptor. Unge cu unt sau ulei o tava mai adanca de cca 1,2-2 litri (2-3 pints). Cu robotul de bucatarie bate ouale intregi si galbenusurile impreuna apoi varsa in ele si amestecul cu smantana. Bate-le iar sa se amestece bine. Pune in tava feliile de paine sau briosa taiate pe diagonala, cumva sa fie una peste alta si nu un strat foarte nivelat. Scurge peste ele amestecul de mai inainte si lasa-le 10 minute sa se patrunda bine.
  • Topeste ciocolata la bain-marie sau la cuptorul cu microunde. Rastoarna TOATA ciocolata peste felii (stiu ca eu as gusta cu lingurita si la final as sterge cu degetul orice urma de ciocolata, lingandu-l apoi ). Pune tava astfel pregatita intr-un alt vas mai mare, plin pana la jumatate cu apa calda si apoi totul la cuptor, pentru cca 50 de minute.

Pofta buna!