Thinking of a gift for mother's day? Why not surprise your mom, (or the mom of your kiddos) to a breakfast-in-bed with this super easy bread pudding. It's so easy to make that I did it during my lunch break! It takes 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake. How easy is that? However, if you have time, I would recommend you let the bread soak in the milk mixture for a good 20 minutes before you pop in the oven to absorb the flavor.
4 slices of white loaf bread, cut into 1 inch squares
1cup fresh milk
1cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar*
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
a few shavings of nutmeg
1 and 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
maple syrup, to serve (optional)
*If not using maple syrup, sugar may be adjusted from 1/2 to 1 cup.
1. Preheat oven to 200*c.
2. Except for the bread, berries and chocolate chips, mix everything together in a saucepan over low heat. I don't intend to cook the mixture, I just find it easier to mix together when its warmed, 3-5 minutes.
3. Butter 4 ramekins. Divide the bread, berries and choco chips into 4 ramekins. Pour over cream mixture (Note: If you're not in a hurry, leave it for 20 minutes in the fridge so the bread will soak up more of the cream).
4. Put the ramekins into a roasting pan with water halfway to the ramekins and bake bain marie for 20 minutes. You may also sprinkle sugar on top 1 minute before you get it out of the oven and crank the heat to broil so you'll have a bruleed crust. But watch closely, you want the top bruleed not toasted.
5. Serve hot drizzled with maple syrup on top.