Simple and quick-to-make recipe for Spanish bread pudding, topped with almonds, cinnamon and sugar
3 cups (750 ml) fresh full cream milk
1 cup (250 ml) fresh cream
5 T (75 ml) sugar
1 large cinnamon stick
5 cm piece of lemon peel
2 extra-large eggs, beaten
¾ French loaf, cut into 2 cm thick slices
½ cup (50 g) flaked almonds
¼ cup (60 ml) sugar
½ t (2,5 ml) cinnamon
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the milk and cream together with the sugar, cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Remove from heat just before reaching boiling point, allow to cool, covered, before removing the cinnamon and lemon peel. Beat the eggs and flavoured milk together.
Place the bread in a snug single layer in a buttered ovenproof dish. Pour the milk mixture over. Cover and leave to soak for a few hours or overnight.
Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 180°C.
Mix together the flaked almonds, sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the bread pudding.
Bake for 30 minutes until golden and fluffy. Very good served with Orange Ice Cream.
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By: Ina Paarman