Tropical bread pudding

Serves 4-6

I may get into trouble for saying so but I've never been that impressed with Caribbean desserts. Maybe I've never been lucky with the ones I've tried. I once had something similar to this, but it was more like that bread pudding of ours that you eat with a cup of tea. This version is from The Art of Caribbean Cooking by Yolande Cools-Lartigue, which I bought from the gift shop at Anse Chastanet, where we were staying for a bit of beach time reading. Yup, even on the beach I'm reading cookery books! Her recipe is an interesting combination of bread pudding and bread and butter pudding with all sorts of Caribbean additions. I couldn't wait to get home to try it out for myself.

I may get into trouble for saying so but I've never been that impressed with Caribbean desserts. Maybe I've never been lucky with the ones I've tried. I once had something similar to this, but it was more like that bread pudding of ours that you eat with a cup of tea. This version is from The Art of Caribbean Cooking by Yolande Cools-Lartigue, which I bought from the gift shop at Anse Chastanet, where we were staying for a bit of beach time reading. Yup, even on the beach I'm reading cookery books! Her recipe is an interesting combination of bread pudding and bread and butter pudding with all sorts of Caribbean additions. I couldn't wait to get home to try it out for myself.

6 slices of white bread, crusts removed
2 egg yolks
450ml milk
60g caster sugar
Half a vanilla pod
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Grated zest of half a lime
80g grated fresh coconut or dessicated
12 prunes, stoned and halved
2-3 tbsp apricot or mango jam, melted to glaze
A few shavings of toasted coconut to garnish (optional)

Soak the bread in water for 30 minutes, then squeeze it out. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds out with the point of a knife. Add the seeds and pods to the milk with the nutmeg and lime zest and bring to the boil. Meanwhile mix the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl then pour the boiling milk mixture over them and mix well.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 5. Scatter the pieces of bread, prunes and coconut into an oven-proof dish and pour over the milk mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the mixture has set.

Brush the top with the jam and scatter the coconut shavings on top.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    SFL Group: Video Project Manager

    £24,000 pa, plus benefits: SFL Group: Looking for a hard-working and self-moti...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel Reservations Assistant - French Speaking

    £16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding travel c...

    Recruitment Genius: Duty Manager - World-Famous London Museum

    £24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you have a strong record of ...

    Recruitment Genius: Personal Assistant

    £24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will have demonstrable unde...

    Day In a Page

    The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

    The saffron censorship that governs India

    Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
    Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

    How did fandom get so dark?

    Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
    The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
    The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

    Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

    Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
    Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

    Disney's mega money-making formula

    'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
    Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

    Lobster has gone mainstream

    Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
    Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

    14 best Easter decorations

    Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
    Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

    Paul Scholes column

    Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
    Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

    The future of GM

    The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
    Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

    Britain's mild winters could be numbered

    Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
    Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

    The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

    The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
    Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

    Cowslips vs honeysuckle

    It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
    Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss