Double Ka Meetha ( Bread pudding)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Double ka Meetha is an elaborate, elegant dessert of Hyderabadi cuisine. It is made with hot, crisp fried slices of white bread, soaked in sweet, cardamom flavored, saffron infused milk. Traditionally, the bread is fried in clarified butter and topped with an extra dose of thickened milk(khoya). 

I make it differently as I prefer more flavorful desserts with texture that is not marred by the sweetness of sugar and not the one which leaves you  with the unnecessarily-full feeling ! Follow me in making this less-guilt-giving dessert:)

Bread- 15 slices( I use Pepperidgefarm Hearty white)
vegetable  oil-3 cups
sugar-5-6 tbs
cardamom powder-2 tsps
saffron strands-1 tsp
milk-3 cups
slivered almonds-1/2 cup, fried until golden brown
raisins-1/2 cup, fried until puffed up in ithe oil:)

Method: Cut the slices of bread diagonally to make them look like little triangles. Spread the slices in a tray and let them air dry a little bit. Bring milk to a boil and add the sugar, saffron strands, and cardamom powder and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat oil in a wok and carefully slide them into the hot oil and flip them when they turn a nice light brown in color on one side. Let the other side fry until it turns brown too. Remove with a slotted sppon and set them in a colander to let excess oil drip. Fry all the slices in a similar way and arrange them in an oven-proof serving dish. 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg F .

Pour the milk mixture evenly on the arranged bread slices and bake it in the pre-heated oven for ten minutes until you see the milk bubbling in the bottom of the tray. Turn off the oven and remove the  dish and let it cool down a little bit and garnish with the fried almonds and raisins. Enjoy!

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