The Tiffin Series – Fruity Tales
It’s a known fact, that getting kids to eat fruits is like asking a tiger to eat chapatis. This was true for me as a kid too. I take total responsibility for my mom’s grey hair. They are all because of the trials and tribulations she had to face to feed me fruits. She insisted I had at least a couple of fruits a day, and among those definitely featured THE APPLE. I can’t stand apples. Especially the red ones. So, there was my mom trying to get me to eat apples, and there was I throwing every tantrum in the world, not wanting to eat them.
Then one day, this happened. We met a new Bengali family at some event and obviously my parents hit it off with them (talk about being clannish!). So, nice people that they were, they invited us home for tea the next day. And invitations were seldom refused, so the next day, my parents with me in tow went to their home.
Along with tea the nice aunty served apple pie with sliced apples! And thus began the saga. I was offered a slice and my mother said with a polite laugh “Oh, don’t bother, she hates apples.” I really don’t know what got into me but, no sooner than the plate hit the table, I picked up a slice and ate it. My mom almost spilt her tea! It was like I had hacked down the respect of the entire family.
Well, the evening went on with polite conversation and me devouring the pie (while my mom’s eyes grew bigger and bigger staring at me). When it was time to leave, we got to the door, and turned back to say the customary goodbyes; I saw a bit of the pie lying on the plate; I dashed towards it, grabbed it, and came back to my parents (who were aghast).
The episode met the much expected unhappy ending. The yelling and the tight slaps I got on the way home and at home still sting!
Come to think of it, maybe I acted that way because the apples were presented in a rather interesting manner. So, I thought instead of a pie, why not make something that is really tasty, healthy, and hassle free. Something the kids will eat happily and moms won’t have to sweat about. Something they can make together. Thence was born the humble Baked fruit and cheese pudding. It’s a delicious mask for the humble fruit, with all things sweet and cheesy. Take a look.
Baked fruit and cheese pudding
1½ cup of any fruit of your choice
1 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4th cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4th cup full cream
8 to 10 slices of any bread of your choice
Butter to grease the baking tray
- First up, with the help of your kids, dice the fruits into chunks (medium sized).
- Next, the fun begins. Take the cream cheese and whisk it until light and fluffy. Get your kids to do this task and the next one while you prepare for the rest.
- Once done with the cheese, get them to whisk the eggs and sugar together until light yellow, now add the cream and vanilla extract and give it another good whisk.
- When the kids are done whisking the cheese, slowly fold in the fruits in the cheese.
- Take a baking pan (square or rectangular) at least 3 inches deep and 6 inches wide. Grease it. Lay the slices of bread on the bottom of the pan without leaving any gap. Press them down to ensure.
- Over the bread slices, pour half the whisked egg mixture and let it soak.
- Once the egg is almost soaked, layer the cream cheese mixture over the bread slices.
- Place the remaining slices on top of the cream cheese mixture (just like you did the bottom ones) and pour the remaining egg mixture on top.
- In a pre – heated oven, place the tray and set the timer to 30 mins at 200 degrees and get going with your routine. Make sure the bread goes golden. If it doesn’t go golden in 30 mins, just give it another 10.
- Once done cut as large or small a slice you desire and tiffin up!
- You can either prep the entire dish the previous night, put it in the fridge and bake it the next morning or, simply bake the entire thing the previous day and store it in the refrigerator. This can be eaten hot or cold.
- Engaging your kids to do the whisking will keep them busy and will also give you time to prep the rest of the dish.
- You can use any fruits or even one kind of fruit. The choice is totally yours.
- You could use the egg whisking technique to get fluffier French toast and pancakes too.
So there we have another one from the tiffin stable. It’s easy, it’s simple and the sweet from the bread and egg layers with the saltiness from the cream cheese and the crunch of fruits certainly makes for a delicious tiffin option to get your kids to eat fruits. When you do make this, pack yourself a slice as well!
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