29/01/2009

Beach, Salad and Bread Pudding YAY!

I don't wish to gloat but it has been a glorious day here on the Costa Blanca - the whiff of Spring is most certainly in the air and I feel my nerves a-twitching to do some much needed Spring cleaning and airing out of nooks and crannies. But rather than do that, I went for a walk along the beach instead. HURRAH!
Sea and fresh air always gives me an appetite and I enjoyed a delicious dinner of Tuna Friendly Tuna, Baby Leaf Salad, Avocado and Cauliflower Salad. It was gorgeous and I could eat it all over again. Everything except the Chickpeas in the Tuna Friendly Tuna was raw too!
Yummah!
But onto the Bread Pudding recipe 'cos I know I promised you all and I've been keeping you waiting long enough. This is a childhood favourite of mine and the fact it uses up old Bread just appeals to my thrifty nature even more than the fact it's delicious - well maybe not more but it's pretty darn close! My mum always made Bread Pudding by using Tea and though I've not tried this recipe with Fruit or Herb Teas - I'm sure keen on doing some experimenting with them 'cos I reckon that would be a winner too. Bread Pudding makes 8 slices Ingredients 8 slices stale white Bread (crusts or a mix of half and half) 1 1/2 cups (300ml) of cold English Tea Handful crushed Almonds 12 Dried Prunes, roughly chopped 12 Dried Apricots, roughly chopped 80 grams/half a cup Sultanas 1/2 teaspoon Mixed Spice 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup 60ml/1 third of a cup Soya Milk Method Tear the Bread up into chunks and place in a big bowl. Pour over the cold Tea and stir round. Leave for an hour stirring every so often to make sure all the Bread soaks up the Tea. Beat out any lumps. Add the Almonds and Fruit and give a good stir. Add the Mixed Spice, stir. Add the Maple Syrup and Milk and give everything a really good stir. Grease a 7 by 10 inch pan with Marg and spoon the mixture in, making sure to even it out with the back of the spoon. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for and hour and a half. Keep an eye on it and if the top goes really brown then cover with aluminium foil for the remaining baking time. Use a spatula to loosen the edges when it comes out of the oven but leave it to cool before removing from the pan. Sprinkle with white Sugar and cut into 8 equal slices.
Nom Nom Nom

24 comments:

jumbleberryjam said...

I've never been a bread pudding fan, but perhaps it's because I grew up in the U.S. and ours was tea-free. Must give your recipe a try! And happy spring air!! How I miss the sea!!

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half pint pixie said...

Yay Spring! You have made a very happy Mr. HPP, he loves bread pudding, I have never had it so methinks soon I shall attempt it using your recipe :)

DJ said...

Young Treehugger... may the bread-pudding force be with you... we'll see when I give your recipe a try on Saturday!

Laura said...

The beach looks beautiful- I am so jealous of you. I haven't been able to leave my house in the last 2 days because of an ice storm that passed through Monday! No fun but at least I have a fridge full of veggies and a heater that works.

Bethany said...

that is so cool that you live near the beach. I would love it and be in the water every (warm) day. there won't even be 1/2 a whiff of spring in Seattle for a couple of months. I'm envious :(

tea in bread pudding sounds really yummy. I eat mine warm and doused in maple syrup (otherwise I couldn't say I came from Vermont).

Chelsea said...

Wow, those are amazing photos! It is freezing here, and pretty grey. I am jealous!

Sal said...

lucky you - really wish i lived near the beach!

your bread pudding looks ace - i never would have thought to put tea in it!

shellyfish said...

Oh do send me some of that glorious sunshine! How I long for Spring!
Fabulous looking bread pudding!

jessy said...

i love the beachy photos, Jeni! they're warming me up just looking at them! yay!

ooooh - totally gonna have to try your bread pudding! i have never made bread pudding, but had it many times back in my omni days. i can't wait to try this out! thank you, Jeni! :)

Felicity said...

ooo, thank you for this recipe. Mr Thrifty will be thrilled when I make this for him. He will probably want to marry me all over again ;)

Beach walk, nice. We went for a walk on the beach a couple of weeks ago. Dressed in winter coats, hats, gloves, etc. Not quite the same! You are a lucky Ms Treehugger.

I ♥ puggies said...

I love the beach! I can't wait for it to warm up a little and spend the day at Myrtle Beach again.

Edain: said...

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Marni said...

I love bread pudding. I mean ... looooouuugghhhhhhvveee it. :)

This recipe looks fab. I've printed it off and can't wait to try it.

And hooray for walking on the beach! Inspires me to take the time to do the same.

STEPHANIE said...

ah the beach. I would pick walking on the beach over pretty much anything!
It doesn't even matter if it's cold and raining!

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Jeez I'm being loopy this week, I thought I left a comment earlier. Doy...I can't even remember what I said now.....
Spring in the air already? I'm looking forwards to snow in the next few days! Yay! Enjoy strolling along the beach >:o)

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Niiiice! I don't think I've ever had bread pudding. Must try it.

Your beach photos are beautiful, and I must admit... they make me ever so jealous.

We are still stuck in an uber-snowy winter. Snow again today, and a storm predicted for Monday. Grrrrr....

River said...

What a beautiful beach! The water looks so clear and inviting.

The Tuna Friendly Tuna looks delicious, and I love that name!

Bread pudding!! Oh the yumminess! And I even see a face in there! :P

aTxVegn said...

Oh how I would love to be on a warm beach. Eating bread pudding.

Vegyogini said...

Ooh, I love bread pudding!

For the Love of Guava said...

everything looks yummy... too bad I read your posts backwards and am now to angry to have an appetite.

Eric said...

Ahh Spain is so beautiful. I didn't make it quite as far as Costa Blanca but I was in Malaga and Granada. I love Spain!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Eric - Malaga and Granada are just simply BEAUTIFUL!!

sp said...

OMG that looks so good! Everything looks good, the beach, the salad and the pudding.