Queen Pudding


This base of the pudding is like bread pudding,topped with jam and meringue.The quality and taste of the jam is vital in this dessert.
2 cups bread pieces
2 cups milk
2 eggs
Grated lemon rind
2 ounces sugar (50 gm)-keep 2 tblsp.separately to make meringue)
1/2 cup strawberry jam
a pinch of salt.
1/2 tsp.vanilla essence.
A pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp cornflour
1/4 tsp.white wine/rice wine vinegar or lime juice.

Heat milk with the sugar,and pour over the cut bread.Allow to soak for a few minutes,with the rind.Set aside the whites of eggs in a clean dry bowl. Beat the yolks,add to bread mixture,with vanilla and nutmeg. Grease a dish well with butter.Add the bread mixture and bake in a moderate oven(180 degrees) for 20 minutes.Remove from oven. Spread jam evenly.Beat the whites with a pinch of salt till stiff.Add the 2 tblsp.sugar
which was set aside,with 1/4 tsp wine vinegar or lime and half tsp.cornflour .Beat till stiff,and pipe over or spread over the jam,and place in oven again till the meringue is light brown.Allow to be in  oven for 10 minutes, after switching off the oven.
Can be served warm or cold.

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