What better way to get baking when it’s all cold and rainy outside? I wanted a piece of puddina for so long so I decided why not bake one on a rainy Sunday? ? Puddina is a traditional Maltese sweet bake made of day old bread. Since it was all cold I just ran to the next store available to get what I need to start my puddina mission, this meant that I didn’t have a lot of choices but it worked out pretty well.
Here is a step-by-step ‘guide’ as to how to make the famous puddina which is fairly quick and easy.
- A loaf of bread ? (typically this would be a day old Maltese bread but any bread would work)
- 2 eggs? (beaten)
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Milk ? (enough to soak the bread in step 3)
- Nuts ? (walnuts, cashews, almonds – whatever you like really!)
- Raisins (I made a ‘special small one’ without raisins as Jannik doesn’t like them)
- Chocolate chunks ? (I had a whole dark chocolate one and put pieces of it)
Cut the bread into small chunks so it would be easier to handle (drain and mash into ‘one’ thing).
Cover the bread with milk and leave for 20 minutes, you can use water instead of milk but milk gives it a smoother feel and taste.
Drain the bread thoroughly and mash the bread so that the pieces become one as shown in the picture below.
Mix in all the ingredients and stir well – make sure that all the bread turns brown with the cocoa powder. You may want to pour in some whiskey, sherry or brandy too (I left ours alcohol-free).
Grease a dish – be generous as to avoid it sticking to the pan (same old usual baking heck)
Pour the mixture in the dish. You may want to decorate the top with nuts or with glace cherries (I left the cherries out – as they are a no no for me!)
Bake for 30-45 minutes on 200 degrees. You want to treat it as a cake, in the sense that when you poke it with a skewer it should be clean as to know that it is done.
Cut a huge slice of puddina, pour yourself a cup of tea/coffee ☕ & ENJOY ?