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FORGETFUL: Ugly-but-Sweet Apple Bread & Butter Pudding

FORGETFUL: Ugly-but-Sweet Apple Bread & Butter Pudding

To be baked & enjoyed when you can’t remember where you left your keys, what you were supposed to pick up from the supermarket, or what you ate for dinner last night…
We’ve always known that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what really are the health benefits of eating apples?  One of the most interesting benefits (in my opinion!) is its amazing effect on the brain.  A study done at Cornell University has shown that apples could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of ageing on the brain.  In fact, the apple-fed mice in the study showed higher levels of a key neurotransmitter, and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.  So if you feel like you’ve been forgetting a lot of things lately, you might want to try this recipe! (if you can remember to do so, that is…)
“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”  (Kevin Arnold)
“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.  One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.  Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years.  Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once.  A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.  (Diane Ackerman)
“Memory Lane”  (Adeaze)
  • Any leftover bread (I used 1/3 of a loaf of white sliced bread)
  • Butter (generous knob plus some)
  • Custard (2-3 cups) 
    • You can just buy your favourite pre-made custard, or if you like, you can do what I did and use my favourite Edmonds Custard Powder to make your own at home (which usually only needs milk and some vanilla essence).  In fact, it’s so good you can just eat the custard and “forget” (since we’re talking about bad memories) about the rest of the pudding hehe.
  • Apples (3 medium sized – peeled, cored, thinly sliced)
  • Cinnamon powder (2 tbsp, or more if you’re that way inclined)
  • White sugar (heaped tbsp, or more if you have a sweet tooth)
  • Icing sugar (to sprinkle on top)
  • Vanilla icecream (optional, to serve with the pudding)
  • Butter one side of each piece of bread, and then cut into credit card sized cubes.  You can remove the crusts if you’re not a fan of chewier bits in the pudding. 
  • Line the bread cubes (butter side up) in a springform cake tin or casserole dish, overlapping them as much as you want.
  • Prepare your custard, or if you have store-bought custard, directly pour it over the the bread so it is completely covered with gooey goodness.  Leave this to the side. 
  • In a pan, heat a generous knob of butter and sautee the apple slices, together with the white sugar and cinnamon powder. 
  • Lay the ugly-but-sweet apples on top of the custard, including any buttery juices left from cooking. 
  • Put it in the oven at 160 degrees celcius for approx 40 minutes.  
    • You’ll know its ready because the custard will have started to bubble & climb the walls of the cake tin/dish as if it wants to get out (…and into your mouth!). 
  • Take it out of the oven and sprinkle with icing sugar.
  • Serve warm, married with your favourite vanilla icecream! Mmmmmm 🙂
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