Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baking, a Way to De-stress?

I found a new passion lately. I realised that BAKING makes my stress level dwindle to almost zero. It's indeed a good, therapeutic way to de-stress, but I doubt if it's doing any good to my waistline!

It happened last Friday when I had a lousy day at work. (Don't worry, I shall not whine about work in this post :D). I stopped by the minimart to get my favourite bread - Gardenia Delicia, only to find that none was left. I had no choice but to grab the usual Gardenia.

I reached home, only to discover that the loaf of bread that I had just bought is about to expire - 1 day to be exact. Oh well, never mind, I told myself...then, I had this sudden crave for bread pudding! It had been years since the last time I made one.

So, right after my little heroes went to bed and after finishing the household chores at about 9pm, I started baking my bread pudding (without a recipe!)

This is my simplified version of bread pudding:

1. Lightly grease a casserole dish.
2. Cut each slice of bread into triangles (I used about 8 slices of bread).
3. Butter one side of the bread.
4. Soak them in a fresh milk.
5. Arrange them into the casserole dish.
6. Sprinkle some raisins and chopped canned peaches in between the layers of bread.
7. Beat 4 eggs with 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of fresh milk. Add a tsp of vanilla essence.
8. Pour the egg mixture over the arranged layers of bread.
9. Let the bread soak in the egg mixture for about 20 mins.
10. Bake at 160 degrees C for 1 hour.

My bread pudding:

By 10am Saturday morning:
one of the last two pieces...

The bread pudding that I baked was meant for dessert, but somehow, it ended up on my breakfast table!! Anyway, the satisfaction was priceless...especially when I saw the twinkle in my little heroes eyes as they gobbled down the pudding and oh...especially when they complimented that it tasted fantastic :D


Tin said...

Looks yummy and great!
I've tagged u in a photo meme

Destress Yourself said...

Looks delicious.

molly said...

That simple? Will try one day.

Ai-Ling said...

tin, destress yourself & molly: yup, it's simple yet yummy :)

tin: thanks for the tag. will respond to that later. on hyper busy mode now :(

Ashley Two Fish said...

i just made pancakes for brunch too!! it's very nice to bake n cook once awhile.

jennykoo said...

It looks so yummy!! Any more recipes, or are these top secret? I can't wait to bake this once Hayden starts getting older!

jennykoo said...

Re: 4, How much milk do you soak the bread in, by the way?

LittleLamb said...

sounds easy. i should try it too..

Life Ramblings said...

that looks yummy. you're making me hungry at this hour. :)

vialentino said...

u r good in baking ler...

yeah...agree with u....shud survey more places before purchase aby stuff...

Ai-Ling said...

ashley: i love pancakes, too, especially when they are still warm :)

jenny: how much milk? hmm, enough to soak the slices of bread :)

little lamb: yup, u should try it. it's easy peasy :)

life ramblings: hungry at 11.15pm? it's supper time for u then :D

via: nah...i'm not as good as my mom ;)

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