Double Ka Meetha ~ Indian Bread Pudding
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Serves: 10-12 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 9 slices sourdough bread
  • ½ cup/118mL oil
  • ½ stick/56g butter
  • 2 cups/473mL milk
  • 2 cups/473mL heavy cream
Syrup
  • 21/2 cups/591mL water
  • 13/4 cups/400g sugar
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • sliced almonds or/and pistachios for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and cream in heavy sauce pan and simmer over low heat till reduced to about 2 cups, about 20 minutes and keep aside.
  2. Combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup begins to thicken. It should barely coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Add the saffron threads and keep aside.
  3. Cut the crusts off the bread, if desired. I like the crusts because they get crunchy and chewy and never cut them off. It's your decision. Cut the slices diagonally in half.
  4. Heat the oil and butter in a fry pan.
  5. Fry the bread triangles until golden brown and crisp.
  6. After all the bread is fried, it is time to assemble the bread pudding.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350℉/180℃.
  8. Grease a large baking dish, large enough to hold the bread in two layers.
  9. Dip each piece of bread in the hot syrup and lay in the pan.
  10. Repeat until one layer is down in the pan.
  11. Pour half of the reduced milk over the bread layer.
  12. Dip the rest of the bread into the syrup and make a second layer.
  13. Pour over the rest of the milk and half of the remaining syrup.
  14. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until the milk is soaked through and the pudding is fairly dry.
  15. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  16. Before serving, garnish with the sliced almonds and pistachios.
  17. This is best slightly warm or even cold.
Notes
Traditionally, this dessert is always made with some dried, condensed milk called khoya. Since, it's not easy for everyone to find, I have omitted the khoya. The heavy cream will compensate and it still is very rich even without the dried milk.
Recipe by Coffee and Crumpets at http://www.coffeeandcrumpets.com/double-ka-meetha-indian-bread-pudding/