Saturday, 20 November 2010

Apple and almond bread pudding with pear and vanille sauce

A few days ago I was invited for a cup of tea …
I browsed the net for inspiration and I stumbled into one of my favourite Italian blogs, Alice Savorelli's 'Cotto e Crudo'. Alice's delicious recipe for a vegan bread pudding immediately appealed to me. Nonetheless I decided to give it a twist, varying quantity and adding other ingredients, like almonds (which I love) and a soothing serving sauce.
Ingredients for the apple and almond pudding (serves 4-6):
stale wholegrain bread: 300 gr
2 small apples: about 240 gr
apple juice: 200 ml
rice malt syrup: 2 spoonfuls
kamut milk drink: 350 ml
vegetable cream: 150 ml
minced peeled almonds: 100 gr
ground cinnamon: ½ teaspoon

Ingredients for the pear and vanilla sauce:
ripe pears: 3 pears, about 500 gr
rice malt syrup: 2 spoonfuls
water: 150 ml
vanilla stick: 1

Peel the pears, remove the core and chop. Place the pears, the water, the rice malt syrup and the vanilla seeds in a small casserole.
Simmer gently for about 25 minutes until the pears have melted completely and blend the mixture.

Pour the apple juice, the vegetable cream, the kamut milk drink, the rice malt syrup into a large bowl. Add the ground cinnamon and stir.
Chop the bread into small pieces and stir it into the liquid mixture. Let it soak for at least one hour or more, and add more kamut milk drink if necessary. Mash the bread with a fork or mix with a food processor when it is completely melted.

Add the almonds and stir. Grate the apples, add them to the bread mixture and mix until combined. Divide into the cupcakes paper and bake at 180° C for at least one hour. Check for doneness with a toothpick and if necessary bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Serve either warm or cold with the pear sauce.

Monday, 15 November 2010

"If you are an artist or a teacher, a parent or a politician, you have the ability to be a bodhisattva and awaken many people at once. When you are motivated by this big desire, you have so much joy and energy that fame and power no longer attract you. You become active, day and night, helping peopole touch their seeds of joy, peace, and happiness, helping them understand and transform their seeds of discrimination, fear, and craving. Fame, political power, and financial success can't be compared with the joy of knowing that your life on earth is beautiful and helpful."

Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Art of Power"
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