As you’ve guessed, I kind of enjoy cooking. It’s like a stress buster and sort of creative outlet I’ve come to love. I remember when P left for Dubai, I found a certain cheer in baking and trying out exotic dishes- it gave me company. My tryst with the kitchen began early with me trying to mimic my mum’s talent of effortlessly whipping together kick-ass dishes. Did I tell you my mum’s a masterchef in the Patel household and is the ninja-blogger behind Mayuri’s Jikoni? It’s a blog filled with tonnes of recipes, stories and heartfelt moments that captures the entire essence of our big Patel family. It’s somewhat a chronicle of our lives through our bellies. From ghar ka khana to delectable discoveries, her jikoni (kitchen in Swahili) has offerings that cater to all.
9/10 times I’ll visit my mum’s blog when I want to try out a new dish, but sometimes I do stray and find other recipes, only so I can share it with mum and tell her how disastrous or yummy it was. With a few food posts having featured recently on the blog, mum asked if I’d like to do a guest post for Mayuri’s Jikoni! Umm, what? Me, really? That’s like getting a freaking gold star. Wow!
So, I thought about it for a while and decided to do an easy recipe that’s quick to follow along with and still makes for a delicious recipe to note. Something as humble as a baked bread pudding should make the cut. And it’s safe to say, the end result is awesome and hopefully worthy enough to make it to her list.
- 5 slices of brown bread cut into small squares
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1/3 cup warm water
- pinch of salt
- cherries for topping
- powdered sugar for topping
- Whisk together the warm water, eggs, honey, cinnamon powder and salt.
- Soak in the bread squares into this mixture and let is rest for 20 mins.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and patiently wait.
- Pour the bread mixture into a baking dish and top it off with cherries.
- Pop it into the oven, let it bake for an hour and watch it fluff up.
- Once done, sprinkle it generously with the powdered sugar.
What I love about this dish? It’s freaking easy and also fairly healthy as we’re not OD-ing on the sugar. Also, this dish is divine when served hot and I like to think of it as a breakfast dessert, as it almost tastes like french bread. You can also swap the cherries for other berries, though I liked the tanginess of the cherries and honestly that’s what I had in the fridge. If you do want to make it more rich (and naughty), then serve it up with ice cream or whipped cream.
And voila mes amies, you have one yummy dish to indulge in! You can check out the guest post on her blog right here.
P.S. Thank you mummy dear for letting me guest blog for you. Love from your biggest fan xoxo