Thursday, 9 September 2010

Naan & Butter Pudding with Rhubarb & Ginger Compote

I've never really liked traditional bread and butter pudding... to be honest the concept has never really appealed to me. I have always felt it is one of those stodgy puddings that has gone out of vogue for a reason. I could be wrong, but that was my impression until I came across this bread and butter pudding with an Indian twist. Here the bread is replaced with naan. I picked up an extra plain naan from our favourite Indian restaurant a couple of days ago, and it waited patiently in the fridge to be transformed into a cosy, comforting dessert.

I came across this recipe while watching an episode of Poh's Kitchen last month. You remember Poh, don't you? She was the runner up on Season 1 of the Australian Masterchef series, the girl with the infectious laugh and big smile :) At any rate, in each episode, she is joined by a guest chef. On this occasion, it was Ragini Dey from South Australian restaurant 'Dhaba'.

I have adjusted this recipe for the use of a medium size naan (about the size of a normal dinner plate). This makes 2 generous size puddings using 1 cup (250ml) capacity ramekins.

Naan & Butter Pudding
1 medium Plain Naan

3 free range eggs
1½ cups milk
½ cup sugar
½ vanilla bean (or ½ tsp vanilla bean paste)
50g butter
Icing sugar for dusting

Rhubarb & Ginger Compote
2 cups cleaned diced rhubarb
½ cup sugar
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
¼ cup water

Heat the milk with the vanilla bean (open out and scrape seeds - use both the bean and the seeds). Separately beat the eggs with sugar till well mixed. Add the butter to the hot milk and let it melt. Cut the Naan into four pieces and place in individual dishes. Strain the milk gradually into the eggs beating vigorously. Top the Naan with milk and egg mixture and let it stand for about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, start on the compote. Add all ingredients together and cook gently until the rhubarb is soft and a thick syrupy chutney is obtained. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Bake the puddings in a moderate oven (180°C) till set and golden brown on top (mine took about 30 minutes). Dust with icing sugar and serve with Rhubarb and Ginger compote. Leftover compote can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

With Spring now upon us in the southern hemisphere, the warming, comforting foods of colder weather are slowly on their way out, soon to be replaced with fresh, summery food. Although I love the flavours and foods associated with warmer weather, I think I'm going to miss dishes like this one. Oh well, there's still a bit of time to squeeze a few more soups, casseroles, bakes and puddings out of the cool weather!

What about you? Are you going to miss wintery food?

Ladybird x
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  1. Sound great! I have never liked the bread version particularly but it is also just fabulous with croissants.

  2. How delighful! I love rhubarb and I bet it worked wonderfully with the ginger :)

  3. A naan pudding? What a fantastic idea, and rhubarb with ginger is always a winner :)

  4. This sounds really delicious! I love rhubarb! ;-)

  5. I'm so going to miss Winter food! But that's good in a way as it's a little fattening :P I agree, naan and other breads are great for a B&B pudding. I made one using Turkish bread and it was really tasty :)

  6. wow never thought of using naan in a bread pudding! way to go!

  7. I really like different twists on the old classic bread & butter pudding, and this one's a goodie. Your presentation is just lovely too, and I LOVE rhubarb so I'm pretty sold on this dessert!

    Any sadness at missing wintery dishes will be well and truly overtaken by joy at summer fruits! Bring it on!!

  8. Oh bugger, i missed your giveaway!
    I have never actually tried bread and butter pudding. Im put off my the idea of soggy bread. I enjoy Poh's Kitchen, this is a really interesting idea.


  9. I have never had bread & butter pudding before for the same reasons too... this one looks very innovative and very appealing actually! might have to give it a go just to satisfy the curiosity hehehe

  10. I actually don't mind a bread and butter pudding, but a naan and butter pudding - what a wonderful idea!

  11. Thankyou!! haha...this is the first time I've won anything....=D I don't really like bread and butter pudding either....but naan sounds delicious! I only recently started watching Poh's kitchen, after figuring out how to work the recording thing on my TV I didn't get to watch this episode =(

    Yes! I'll miss wintery food! I had exams and everything during winter so I never got around to cooking anything! I had all these stews, casseroles and soups and wintery recipes ready to make but by the time I got a little free time, it had turned warm already =( But then again, I usually use my free time to bake sweet things...haha =D


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