There was a time when I used to do some microwave cooking. As soon as we had moved into our current flat, I was left with only an infrared induction and a microwave to manage some cooking. The infrared induction was the biggest mistake of a purchase I had done. It was really difficult to cook with its uneven heating, that I used to get frustrated and give up on it. But cooking on the microwave was a joy. True, for all wrong reasons, microwave cooking is not considered to be a healthy alternative. However, I did find it quite helpful when we used to get bored with outside meals. I do have a list of microwave friendly recipes on the blog, that were successful and just doesn’t include mug cakes. I mean it! My favorite one has to be this rice and chicken curry meal that I prepped and HD wouldn’t believe that it was made solely using the microwave.
I was left with some stale bread in the fridge that nobody wanted to eat. Naturally, I didn’t want to throw it away. We had nothing sweet to have after lunch, so it got converted into a microwave bread pudding. I already have a single serve bread pudding on the blog I posted sometime ago. This one is for a small group, especially if you have guests coming on really short notice! Within 5 minutes, you can have this pudding already “cooking” in the microwave. One thing I totally love about using the microwave is that it doesn’t heat up the kitchen, unlike the gas oven which converts the kitchen into a mini-furnace during this unbearable summer months. Hehe… I used up a box of blueberries and some walnuts as topping, but you could use pretty much anything from the pantry, or simply keep it plain. Please don’t miss on the sprinkling of the brown sugar on top – at the end of the whole cooking process, it creates such a deliciously crispy caramelized layer on top.
As with every microwave recipe, please do keep a watch on the cooking time based on the strength of your microwave. The cooking can be anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes, however, do not overdo, since bread puddings have a tendency to dry off. Also, once the food is pulled out of the oven, it continues to cook for a few more minutes. Off to this recipe…
- 6-8 big slices of stale bread
- 50 gm butter, melted
- 500 ml milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp corn flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Toppings of choice - I used 125 gm blueberries and ¼ cup crushed walnuts
- In a microwaveable glass dish, cut the bread roughly and spread. Pour the melted butter all over.
- Whisk together the ingredients from milk to vanilla and pour uniformly over the bread.
- Sprinkle the toppings and the brown sugar.
- Microwave for 8-10 minutes and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
- Dig in warm!