Bread pudding and boyfriends

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Food and relationships go hand in hand, have you noticed? When you are in the initial stages of rosy hued romance, you will go out on dates to fancy restaurants where the items on the menu will be largely unpronounceable and unheard of. You will giggle together and order these exotic items and relish every bite. Exploring is the key word – exploring both yourselves, and new things around you – especially the food that you eat together. Food plays an important part because dates are often over good food, wouldn't you agree?  

Notice how the dynamics change. As you progress from dizzy lovers to the more complacent long-in-love couple, your dining out decreases – visits to exotic restaurants are  reduced to “special occasions” only and exotic food is replaced by pizza, Chinese takeout and – homemade experiments.

This is not, in anyway, a bad thing – though it might sound it at the first go. This period of life is actually quite charming in its own way. Both of you are comfortable in your skins, sometimes perhaps too comfortable. You know what to expect of each other – and you fall into a comfortable routine that is warm and sunny and fuzzy in its own right. This is the time for hot chocolate and homemade chocolate cake, for sugar cookies baked at home with a glass of milk, for a plate of macaroni and cheese with a glass of lemonade – you get the drift.

There is one dish, however, that speaks volumes of comfort. Serve it to your boyfriend and snuggle under the covers on a cold winter evening with mugs of steaming hot milk on the side table. If it’s a summer day then go to the veranda and sit on old fashioned arm chairs with a bowl of this – and dig in with two spoons.  Milk, however, is the constant factor here. This dish cannot be accompanied by citrus lemonade or a juice. It is best served warm, with hot milk – you may add a bit of chocolate powder to it, why not?

I’m talking about bread pudding. Easy to make, delicious to eat. It’s a recipe that is made by mums and grand mums and the reason why it finds a place in a couple's life is because it takes them back to the era of childhood comforts. No one should miss out on this feeling. So bake him a bread pudding. This dessert is not fancy; it doesn't look very good – so save it for the later part of the relationship, when comfort is the key word. Initially, you will be raring to show off your culinary skills – and that’s fine. But once the tiramisus have been baked to exhaustion and you simply want something new, reach for that loaf of bread, and bake this instead. All it needs is a few kitchen ingredients – and minimal effort.

You will need:
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup butter – salted, unsalted – doesn't matter.
2/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces – stale bread works well here
1/2 cup raisins 

This is how you make it:

Step 1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk just until film forms over top. Combine butter and milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.

Step 2. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add milk mixture.

Step 3. Place bread in a lightly greased casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle with raisins and pour batter on top of bread.

Step 4. Bake at 200 degrees C for 35-40 minutes or until set. 

Serve warm and enjoy!:)

You can make a warm caramel sauce to top the pudding with – melt some sugar over a low flame with a pat of butter, swirl it around the pan and let it cool to an amber liquid. Add a touch of rum or liqueur to it if you want an adult taste and stir some more. Pour it over the warm bread pudding before serving – or digging into it. It will be a hit with the boyfriend. :)

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