February 3, 2017

Monthly Mystery Munchies #22: Bodhi (Fig) Pudding

This month’s theme is quite different from what we have been doing so far with Gen suggesting to do something that is part of a different culture – an important occasion that another culture celebrates.

I thought it was an interesting idea albeit not an easy one!

So here we are in February and we all know that there is no escaping the month of love. It is the month when everything is lovey-dovey-mushy and everyone on Facebook is declaring their undying love for their beloved.

People tend to go all out celebrating V-Day and from my observation, while food varies depending on the culture or countries, there’s something universally consumed and/or gifted: chocolates!

In line with Gen’s theme, that’s one important occasion identified.

But I don’t want V-Day to be loud. I’ve always found it to be over-rated and you’ll likely hear me ranting about it like I did here, here and here. I much prefer the day to be quiet.

Speaking of quiet, there is one day in December that I know of where celebrations are sober. It’s known as the Bodhi Day, usually celebrated on the 8th December by the Mahayanas which marks the day of Buddha’s enlightenment of reaching Nirvana.

Traditionally, Bodhi Day is celebrated with a traditional meal of rice and milk, or cookies in the shape of the Bodhi Tree. With Bodhi Tree being a fig tree, using figs in dishes can also be symbolical of the celebration.

Enlightenment was swift as I sought a quieter celebration. Lots of figs simmered in milk does it.

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Figs fresh and dried
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Simmered in milk
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Let’s glaze it all up first
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Then cut and glaze it again!

Inspired by my stumble on12 Days of Celebration – Bodhi Day, I thought there would be no better way to celebrate the day of love with the quiet glow of nirvana in the form of Fig Pudding glazed with Salted Caramel all around. 

Bodhi (Fig) Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze
Serves 10
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 15 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 15 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
The Pudding
  1. 450g figs, chopped (I used 4 fresh figs and 250g dried figs)
  2. 1 3/4 cups milk
  3. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 2.5 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tspn nutmeg powder
  7. 1 tspn cinnamon powder
  8. 1 tspn salt
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 113g (or half cup) melted butter
  11. 1.5 cups breadcrumbs
  12. 1 tbsp grated orange peel (I used half tspn orange extract)
Salted Caramel Glaze
  1. 2/3 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 tbsp milk
  3. 2 tbsp butter
  4. 1 tspn vanilla
  5. A pinch of sea salt
  6. butter
The Pudding
  1. Pre-heat oven to 195 degree celsius
  2. Heat up milk and chopped figs in a medium saucepan over low-medium heat. Stir occasionally for about 10-15 minutes. Refrain from boiling. Set aside to cool
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour and mix in sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt
  4. In another bowl, beat eggs and mix breadcrumb, orange peel (or extract), butter, breadcrumbs and fig-milk mixture. Mix well.
  5. Slowly pour in the flour mixture in #3. Blend thoroughly and well.
  6. Grease a deep baking pan and pour the batter into it. Level off the top
  7. Cover with tin foil (Grease one side of the foil. Greasy side face down to the batter)
  8. Place the deep pan in a water bath of about 2 inches of hot water
  9. Bake for 2 hours. The pudding should pull away from the sides and texture firmed when cooked
  10. Remove the foil. Let cool
Salted Caramel Glaze
  1. In a heated non-stick deep pan, add in all the ingredients for the glaze at one go. Mix well under medium to high heat
  2. Keep stirring. The liquid starts to bubble up. Let it thicken up a little but still runny before removing from the heat
  3. Allow to cool before using it to glaze the pudding
Notes
  1. The pudding is best eaten warm. Can be kept for a few days.
  2. For the glaze, note that the caramel will thicken as it cools. If it hardens, you'll have to start over as this means that it is has gotten to the candy stage (which technically you still can keep - as candies!)
Adapted from University of Toronto Food Services
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The outcome of this pudding surprised me greatly.

The texture was super moist, soft and crunchy from the combination of fresh and dried figs; the taste heavenly and extra-ordinary.The salted caramel glaze was just something of an after-thought and was completely unplanned.

But it worked very well and I think we all fell head over heels in love with this amazing soft pudding.

Truly, this is not something I would think about making if not for Gen. I hereby dedicate this creation to Gen and tipping my hat to my super-genius, wonderful buddyfor yet again pushing our culinary boundary successfully.

Bodhi Day may have been well over, but now we have a little of a sweet wisdom of love to be thankful for.

This challenge really does get better with every month that goes by! Without further ado, let’s pop over to Gen’s @ Eat, Play, Clove and drool along with her creation of Rugelach for this month’s Monthly Mystery Munchies!

 


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  1. Gen

    Ann, you are the sweetest! Sweeter than your salted caramel glaze (by the way, drooling over it right now)! It’s evident that a lot of thought went into this dish, and I thank you from the bottom of my tummy for always giving it your all. Figs – yum! And I learnt something new, something about a different culture, something about a different dish.

    I share your sentiments about V Day – it’s so overrated, and this dish was clearly made with love, so well done! Thank you so very much for your constant dedication and enthusiasm! Can you believe we’ve just completed our 22nd MMM?!

    Have a lovely week! Xoxo

    • Awwww….you are too kind. You know you made my brain cells worked harder on this one. LOL. Definitely made with no less than love. 😉 You know, there’s something about salted caramel. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something special about it.

      Oh..don’t get me started on V-Day. Hopefully it’s a little tone down in this part of the world!

      Yes..#22! Can you believe it! More to come!!! And you have been such a wonderful blog-cook buddy! Love you to the tummy! xoxoxoox

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