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Fig and almond Greixonera

Ingredients

Greixonera is a traditional Baleriac sweet bread based pudding. Packed, with fruits, nuts and spice its delicious and comforting- I vary the fruits according to the season, cherries work well in the summer as do chunks of apples and pears in the autumn months. My favourite however is with ripe black figs, their sticky juices bursting into the custard creating pink trails.

The pudding is better eaten at room temertaure, after its cooled and the flavours have developed.

Serves 6-8

Youll need a 24cm diameter and 6cm deep baking dish or pie tin for this recipe

  • 500g of day old white bread, crusts removed and torn into small chunks
  • 150g very ripe figs, cut into 6 pieces lengthwise
  • 25g toasted slivered almonds
  • 500ml full cream milk
  • 500ml single cream
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 1 cinamon stick
  • 2 cardomon pods, crushed
  • peeled zest of 1 lemon
  • peeled zest of 1 orange
  • 6 free range eggs
  • 2 table spoons sweet sherry such as oloroso
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 60g muscavado sugar
  • butter for greasing

 

Method

  • Butter the baking dish or pie tin.
  • Lay the bread pieces in the tin and then scatter over the fig pieces and half the almonds.
  • Place the milk, caster sugar, cream, cinnamon, cardamom and zests into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat, leave to infuse for 15 minutes and then drain through a sieve.
  • Whisk together the eggs, sherry and salt in a bowl to combine and then whisk into the cooled milk.
  • Pour this mix over the bread, cover and transfer to the fridge to rest for 4 hours or over night.
  • Heat an oven to 170oc
  • Sprinkle the remaining almonds and muscavdo sugar over the top of the pudding and place in the oven. Cook for 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the pudding comes out dry.
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