Saturdays and Sundays are the most boring television days of the week, except, if you want to catch the repeat telecasts of all the shows and serials run during the weekdays. You have probably watched all of them already and sacrificed a major chunk of your beauty sleep and quality time with family in doing so. Why watch TV on weekdays, why not do it during the weekends, some may wonder. Easy for them to say, how are you supposed to go to bed without knowing what transpires between Castle and Kate, or Prof. Jayanthi's (of Kumkumapovu) reaction when she comes to know her illegitimate daughter has donated her a kidney and saved her life. Even worse, what if the husband plans a weekend outing, and you miss the repeat telecasts? Has he ever witnessed Prof Jayanati's plight, or tried to understand Dexter's need to kill? No? Then he cannot be expected to realize why it is important not to miss even a single episode. Instead he thinks they are all a waste of time (!), and that you can easily catch up with the story even if you miss a couple of episodes or even an entire season (!!).
One such boring Saturday, I repeatedly hit the TV remote button in frustration, hoping to find something, anything that held my attention for more than a couple of minutes. I had watched the malayalam movies umpteen times before. Frankly, I was tired of Mohanlal defying all the laws of physics as he took on dozens of mean, angry men who tried to attack him, and of Mamootty as he danced (somebody please give him a few dance lessons!) with pretty little things and warded off the bad guys with strange dialogues delivered in strange accents. Why couldnt the super human antics be left to Spider/Super/Bat Man and the likes of Salman Khan who looked fit (physically atleast), and why couldn't the running around trees and romancing 16 year olds be left to young fellows like Prithviraj, I wondered? As I watched Lalettan jump from the fifth floor of a building, land safely in a swimming pool and walk away as if he had done nothing more exciting than have a cup of coffee, I decided I had had enough. (The best that can be said about the scene was that he atleast got wet, I half excepted him to emerge from the pool without a drop of water clinging to his designer suit). I switched to Active Cooking channel, where I chanced upon a Bread and Butter pudding recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor. It got me motivated, so Bread and Butter pudding it was going to be.
Bread and Butter Pudding
(Lots of additions and substractions made to Sanjeev Kapoor's Bread and Butter pudding recipe)
5 slices fruit bread (The kind that is sweetened mildly with honey and has tutty fruitty in it. You can use white bread or wheat bread or bun as well)
500 ml milk
45 grams butter softened
10 teaspoons + 3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup chopped banana
1/3 cup raisins
3 tablespoons brandy (optional)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease your baking dish with butter.
In a pan, melt 3 tablespoons of sugar. If the sugar melts unevenly, stir it a bit to ensure even heating. Once the sugar has melted, and becomes golden brown in colour, add hot water to it. Be careful while you do this, because the caramelized sugar is extremely hot and will splutter. While it boils, add the chopped bananas, and stir for sometime. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Butter the bread slices generously. Spoon the cooled caramel and banana mixture on one slice of bread and sandwich with another. Repeat for other slices of bread. Divide each sanwich into four triangles, and arrange in the baking dish.
Add sugar to milk and heat till the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not bring to boil. Beat the eggs well, and add them to the milk stirring continously. Stir in the essence as well.
Pour the milk and egg mixture into the baking dish, and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, so that the bread absorbs the milk well.
Heat the raisins along with brandy (if using) for a minute, and scatter the raisins over the soaked bread. If you are not using brandy, mix the raisins with some butter before you add it to the pudding.
Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.
The pudding is moderately sweet, but if you like it super sweet, use more sugar. I thought it tasted better warm than cold.
I am submitting this recipe to YeastSpotting.
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