Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bread Pudding (Easy-Peasy and Yummy!)

Dah lama tak post foodie entry... It's obvious that I've not been adventurous in the kitchen for quite some time. No new experiments (menjadi or not tu, belakang kiralah), just the same 'ol same 'ol masakan hari-hari. Nak amik gambar pun takde mood. :P

Was craving for something baked-and-sweet the other day. Ovenku dah meraung memanggil-manggil sebab dah lama kena abandoned. Realized that I had sebuku roti Gardenia that was going to expire in 24 hours. How come nobody ate roti last week???

Immediately thought of bread pudding. I know, SOOOOO creative.

Mintak tolong kat Pak cik G00gle and I found several versions of the recipe on the net. All of them were not too difficult to follow. I ended up combining two or three recipes, lebih kurang gitu.

The end result? Not bad, not bad at all... :)

Simple Bread Pudding
A combination of several recipes found on the internet

6 slices day-old bread Note: I used sebuku white Gardenia bread (how many slices is that? 10?) that was about to expire.

2 tablespoons butter, melted  Note: I added another tablespoon of butter, so 3 tablespoons altogether.

1/2 cup raisins (optional) Note: I used sliced almonds coz I had some left and didn't know what to do with them.

4 eggs, beaten  Note: I used 6 medium-sized eggs.

2 cups milk  Note: I used 3 cups coz I wanted to make sure there was enough liquid to soak the bread.

3/4 cup white sugar Note: I used brown sugar instead of white. Turned out just fine.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: I added a pinch of nutmeg sebab saja suka-suka. :)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan or 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins. (Note: I sprinkled almond slices on the top).

3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. (Note: I added a pinch of nutmeg to the mixture as a perisa tambahan). Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

Additional Notes:
- The best part was this recipe was so easy to follow and the result was very yummmmmmyyyy. Some other recipes called for scalded milk and water baths (ayoooo, so leceh one!!).
- My kids loved it (and showered Ibu with compliments, yayy!!), so that's a plus for me. ;)
- The picture above was taken when the pudding was just coming out of the oven. Nampak so fluffy, gebu yang amat, kan? Don't panic. As it started to cool off, it collapsed a bit.

Monday, October 08, 2012

The 7 Highly Effective Habits

I came across an article while hopping from one MukaBuku update to another, in the list of pages/sites that I'd Like(d).

Due to the fact that I need constant inspiration and motivation on how not to become a bad Ibu on good parenting skills, I've decided to make this entry a reference cum reminder (for myself and for famyBoy if he reads this).

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What are the seven highly effective habits that successful Muslim families must have?

- The first most effective habit of a Muslim family should be to have Tawheed in Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala), and how to worship Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala).  To be able to know who He is and what His characteristics are.

- The second highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is worshipping Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) together as a family.

- The third highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is knowing who the Prophet (SallAllaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam) is, and practicing his sunnah.

- The fourth highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is mercy for the young, and respect for the elders.

- The fifth highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is to listen to each other, and learn to communicate with each other.

- The sixth highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is constantly learning and growing as a family.

- The seventh highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is for them as a family to lead by example.

*** Original article can be found HERE.

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Another du'a for me to hafal, and regularly baca... InsyaAllah.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Dua Doa

Dearest Kakak, 

Wishing you all the very best in your UPKK examination (that starts today and ends on Thursday). Baca soalan betul-betul, THINK CAREFULLY before you write down your answers and make sure you check them (re-check pun takpe, if sempat!) before you hand in your exam papers to the examiner. 

Truthfully, Ibu rasa sangat nervous dan worried yang amat, bagai nak rak gitu. Ibu can only make du'a that Allah makes it easy for you. Semoga Kakak ditabahkan, ditenangkan dan diterangkan hati serta dibuka minda. May Allah guide you throughout the whole thingy, insyaAllah.

Anyways, Good Luck!!! And *hugs* banyak-banyak.


**Taken from the inside cover of an old issue of Majalah Asuh


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