GOAN CARAMEL BREAD PUDDING and some history!

Goa Beaches In India

Where is Goa you might ask?  If you know the answer, give yourself a pat on the back.  A few folks look at me quite puzzled when I talk about Goa.  Goa is the smallest state on India’s west coast, it was a former Portuguese colony with a rich history.  The Portuguese ruled Goa for about 450 years.   Swaying palms, white sands and blue waters draw tourists from near and far.  Goa is dubbed the “Caribbean of India”.  My roots are Goan, (as the locals are called), but I have never lived in Goa.  However, our parents and Grandparents came from Goa, and instilled the Goan culture in us.   I recall visiting Goa about 5 different times and each time was pretty surprised at the changes.  When the Portuguese came to Goa in the 1500’s to seek spices, they brought Christianity to its shores, as a result Goans are predominantly Catholic.   Churches form an integral part of the Goan lifestyle.  Built by the Portuguese, they are constructed of whitewashed stone with magnificent interiors. Visiting Goa today, it would not be unusual to see Hindus, Muslims and Christians respecting and celebrating each other’s religious holidays. Goa is a bridge between the East and West, and it definitely shows in its people.  A Goan is said to be born with music and dance in his blood.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nandini via the blogsphere.  Nandini is also Goan, calls Goa home and has a wealth of information on her website.  Click here to visit her webpage and read more on the Goan culture, customs and food.  

As you can imagine, with the influence of the Portuguese, Goan cuisine is quite different from the rest of India. Today, I am presenting a Goan Caramel Bread Pudding, not exactly authentic, but pretty common in Goan kitchens.   I absolutely love caramel flan, this is a slight variation, adding whole wheat bread to the pudding mixture. For further recipes on authentic Goan cuisine, click here. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of reduced fat milk or regular milk 
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 10 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 slices of crustless whole wheat bread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon water for caramel base
  • a pinch of nutmeg 
  • a pinch of cardamom 

Method

In a pan, melt 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon water on low heat. Keep an eye on this as it will start to caramelize and you need to act pretty fast once it gets a rich caramel color.  Pour it into a round pan, tilting it all around the base till it hardens.  Add the milk and remaining 8 tablespoons sugar in a pan and bring to a boil.  Remove from the heat, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and soak the bread in this mixture till it cools.  When cool, mash the bread and add the beaten eggs and a pinch of nutmeg, cardamom and mix well.  Pour this custard mixture into the caramelized pan.  Place the pan in a water bath and bake at 350 degrees for around 45 minutes.  Enjoy!

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I’m bringing this dessert to  Angie @ The Novice Gardener Fiesta Friday # 41 gathering.  Angie so graciously hosts these virtual parties each and every Friday.  Her posts and presentations are always drop-dead-gorgeous – don’t you agree?   I will be co-hosting with Nancy @ Feasting with Friends.  Nancy’s blog is pretty diverse, she enjoys cooking and entertaining and it absolutely blew my mind when her recent post described how she fixed her own dishwasher just before her company arrived.  She IS woman, hear her roar 🙂  Nancy and I welcome you, we hope you will mingle, enjoy yourselves and get to sample all the contributions.  Joining this virtual party is a wonderful way to meet new blogger friends and to gain exposure and traffic on your blog. For new bloggers, a very warm welcome.  I suggest you read these guidelines to get an overview of how the party works. Just be sure to link your post to Angie’s blog, as well as Nancy’s and mine so that we know you have arrived and can welcome you. All you have to do is click on the button below.  It will take you right to Angie’s party and her own blog.  Happy Fiesta Friday friends!

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55 comments

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Loretta. I just know we’ll have a good time as co-hosts today. 🙂
    This bread pudding looks delicious! It is a “new” to me recipe…it is so unique and the flavors sound wonderful! Thanks for bringing it to FF#41. ❤

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    1. Good morning Nancy, I’m just getting to my own blog now and reading the comments. Phew! It’s been busy hasn’t it? Some great additions to the party. Thanks for your comment, and yes this particular dessert is always a special treat for me. 🙂

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  2. It’s got such an interesting history, Goa! I have never been there, mind you, but I have met quite a few people of Goan origins, like yourself. I bet the Portuguese couldn’t get over all the exciting flavours and spices of the local cuisine, so I’ll definitely have to read up on it 🙂
    Thank you so much for co-hosting this week’s Fiesta – it;s such a great way of getting to know people!
    Have a great Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x

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    1. Thank you Ginger for your comments, and you’re more than welcome – it was quite a party, and co-hosting was wonderful! Yes, there are a lot of sources out there reflecting the Portuguese influences on Goa, you’ll definitely have to read up on it if you’re interested in history 🙂

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  3. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Goa before, just never really knew exactly where it was. So, thank you for enlightening me, Loretta. I love learning about different cultures, which inevitably leads to discovering new cuisines. That’s what it’s all about with me, haha… Food is a universal language, isn’t it? Like love. This bread pudding is new to me. Reminiscent of flan, but unique in its own right with the addition of bread. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for co-hosting. I hope you’re having fun! 😘

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    1. Thanks Angie, and you’re spot on regarding food and it being the universal language. I myself love trying new cuisines especially when we travel. It is also so interesting to go to the local markets and try the different produce that they offer. Co-hosting was fun, although I had a full day myself, I managed to pop in and out of the party to welcome all the revelers, it was a lot of fun. 🙂

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    1. You’re most welcome Tracey, it was a pleasure co-hosting. Thanks for stopping by and reading up a bit about the history and recipe for the dessert. I hope you enjoyed Fiesta Friday.

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    1. Wonderful Julie, so glad I was able to bring some history to Fiesta Friday. Isn’t it the truth though about what we learn from blogging friends? I follow a few travel blogs, and love learning about other cultures. Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed the party 🙂

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  4. Nice to learn that your roots are Goan, Loretta. I have always wanted to visit the place, which has so much history. This pudding is unique, and looks delicious! Thanks for co-hosting this week’s party. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome – I do hope you enjoyed the history lesson :). It was a pleasure co-hosting Fiesta Friday, so many great contributions to the party :). I’m still making my way around. 🙂

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    1. Good morning Melissa. I’m honored that you chose to re-blog my post, thanks so much. A lot of folks here in the USA have never heard of Goa before, so I thought I’d throw in a history lesson to go with my caramel bread pudding. So are you off to Goa for the Exposition? Lucky you, bring me back a slice of bebinca :). I crave that particular dessert. Do you get all the spices there in Ireland? Did you ever live in Goa? If so, then what took you to Ireland? LOL!
      ~hugs~

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  5. I looooove Goa Loretta!! The weather, the beaches, the churches, the people and the food of course!! I have a secret dream of retiring to Goa when I am old and grey 😀 Thanks for sharing this recipe Loretta, it looks amazing!!

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    1. Oh so glad to hear that Naina – I know a lot of folks love it for the beaches, and of course the food :). I hope you get to accomplish your dream someday. You could build a nice place overlooking the sea and have servants fan you when you get a bit too hot :)). So what took you to Denmark? I think that’s where you are? Thanks for stopping by Naina, I hope I brought back some warm memories for you.

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  6. Like many, I have not heard of Goa – you would think my love of history (a minor in college) I would know about it. Thanks for your personal history lesson! Now, when you are talking caramel and bread pudding you have my attention – looks delicious 🙂

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    1. Welcome to Fiesta Friday Aunt Juju. A lot of folks in the USA have not heard of Goa, so don’t feel bad. It has a unique history though, especially as it is in India, and with the Portuguese influences, it is so different from the rest of India. East meets West! Yes, I too love any caramel pudding, and with the addition of the whole wheat bread, it gave it a nice texture. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the party.

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying the party. A small world eh? I don’t think Nandini has seen the post yet, I did not receive a response to my pingback. I hope she gets to see it, it will attract some more traffic on her blog. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, so glad you liked it. Yes, it’s similar to the Cuban flan – I love flans, and I’ll take it in whatever form it is presented :). Enjoy the rest of your wekeend 🙂

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    1. Thanks Fae, thanks for stopping by. No, I’ve never lived in Goa. I grew up in Kenya, England, Canada and USA, but my roots are Goan…I’m very mixed up :). Awaiting to read about your travels in Japan :). I hope you’re over the jet lag part, I know it can be pretty awful!

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  7. Oh Loretta, I am so sorry not to be taking part this week – I would have made a special effort had I known you were hosting – I am really cross with myself now. Hope you have enjoyed it – there is just so much creativity out there. I loved this post – Goa is somewhere I have always wanted to go and hopefully will someday. Your bread pudding sounds amazing xx

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    1. No worries Selma, we did miss you at FF #41. You always add so much to the party. I always appreciate your comments and direction, after all you were the one who launched me into Fiesta Friday. Yes, you should definitely plan a visit to Goa, you are a lot closer and there are direct flights from London. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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