Traditional Maltese Recipe: Pudina tal-ħobż (Bread pudding)

Pudina tal-ħobż


  • 800 g/1 ¾ lbs bread
  • 50 g/2 oz margarine
  • 100 g/4 oz sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 50 g/2 oz chopped mixed peel
  • Grated rind of an orange
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • A drop of vanilla essence
  • 200 g/9 oz sultanas
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups of milk



  1. Cut the bread into pieces, place in a bowl, cover with milk to soak for an hour.  
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl, add the bread and continue to stir till all the mixture is well combined.  
  3. Pour the mixture into a pre-greased baking dish.  
  4. Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 4 minutes or check by inserting a skewer in the centre, if the pudding is cooked, this should come out clean.  
  5. The pudina may be eaten warm or cold.

Photographs  have been taken by Matthew Cauchi and food has been cooked at Gululu restaurant by Neville Gauci

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