Mediterranean Bread Pudding (Aish el Saraya)

In this dessert, layered pieces of toasted bread are soaked in a flavored syrup and layered with a rich custard.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 437
Fat 11g
Saturated fat 5g
Carbohydrates 81g
Sodium 251mg
Fiber 2g
Protein 6g
Cholesterol 17mg

Mediterranean Bread Pudding (Aish el Saraya)

1 (8x8-inch) pudding
Servings
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Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread, crust removed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • [1/2] cup water
  • 1 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups Simple Syrup (recipe later in this chapter)
  • 4 cups Ashta Custard (recipe later in this chapter)
  • [1/2] cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • [1/2] cup pistachios, ground
  • 1 strawberry, sliced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Place slices of bread on a baking sheet, and toast for 10 minutes or until bread is golden brown and dry.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine sugar, water, and lemon juice. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar reaches a dark golden brown color.

Carefully pour hot dark brown syrup into an 8x8-inch baking dish, shifting the dish from side to side to spread syrup around bottom of dish.

Place 4 slices of bread on top of brown syrup. Pour 1 cup of Simple Syrup over bread, spread 2 cups Ashta Custard over bread, and add another layer of 4 slices of bread. Pour remaining 1 cup Simple Syrup over bread, and spread remaining 2 cups Ashta Custard over top bread layer.

Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Decorate top of dish with toasted coconut, pistachios, and strawberry slices, and serve.

Tasty Tip
The longer you let this pudding sit, the better it is. Refrigerate it overnight before serving if you have the time.

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