Eggless Chocolate, Orange and Bread Pudding

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eggless chocolate and bread pudding

After finishing the routine morning arrangements in the house, I pulled a chair in the balcony to watch the view of the street which looked like everyday;  with same kind of people mostly known – waving a quick ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ from far, some were kind enough to approach and talk, same sound of routine call made by the vegetable vendor, old ladies coming one by one in front of their house to absorb some heat from the sun after finishing their morning rituals of bathing and praying, same sound of vehicles passing through the street.

My balcony

Each day is the repetition of the earlier day but still it is pleasure sitting quietly, alone, watching people move, as if, some real stories were being played in front of me.  And every day I make sure that I never miss any chapter of their  life.

But, as you all know my preoccupations are several(which serves nobody but me), so I quickly finished the last sip of my tea and got up to do lots of clicking and putting my soaked bread into the oven.eggless chocolate and bread puddinge
I have been saving my thick slices of bread for long, to make this pudding, which I saw on Nigella’s Kitchen.

I have watched her making this recipe number of times on t.v. but never dared to try  because I have various experiences in the past in which adding eggs to  such kind of desserts gives the dessert a very eggy smell, which we all don’t like.

But this time, I had a  substitute available, so I didn’t take long to make this when it was again replayed on t.v.  As expected, came out super delicious and I am saving more breads to make this again.   IMG_3901
Ingredients
• Milk – 2 ½ cup
• Fresh cream (malai) or store bought – ½ cup
• Sugar – ¼ cup and 2 tbsp
• Thick slices of brown bread – 6 -7(cut into cubes)
• Orange zest – 1 tsp
• Chocolate chips – ¼ cup or more
• Flax seed meal – 1 tbsp
• Water – 3 tbsp
• Castor sugar – 1 tbsp to sprinkle
Method
Preheat the oven at 200 degree C. In a small bowl mix flax seed meal and water and keep it aside until it becomes thick slurry. In a pan bring milk and sugar to boil. Add the lightly beaten cream, flax meal slurry and zest to it. In a 7” baking dish spread the bread slices roughly, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and in between bread slices. Pour the cream mixture over the bread slices. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top. Keep this aside for 5 minutes until the milk all soaked up. Sprinkle some castor sugar on top and bake this for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the top cover looked slightly crisp and brown. Serve hot.