Originating from Lake Como, this poor man’s Pear and Apple Bread Pudding’s simple ingredients exemplify rustic goodness.
Everyone has heard about Lake Como in the beautiful region of Lombardy, in Northern Italy. It’s hard to believe that Lake Como could be associated with anything poor, but back in the day, Lake Como’s Pear and Apple Bread Pudding, also known as Miascia (mee-AH-sha) was considered a peasant’s dessert, as it was basically made by using stale bread and autumn fruit. The fruit was supposed to provide sweetness, as refined sugar was considered a luxury. As in most regional recipes, every family had their own variation.
The surface of the pudding cake is cracked and dry once, it is baked. The interior is dense and moist.Print
Pear and Apple Bread Pudding from Lake Como
- Author: Maria Vee
- Yield: 8 to 10 pieces 1x
Once a peasant’s dessert, pear and apple bread pudding from Lake Como is a delicious dessert and way to use up old bread.
- 1 pound 450 – 500 grams stale bread, cut into 1” cubes
- 2–3 amaretti cookies (crushed)
- 2 cups milk (1%)
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
- ? cup raisins
- 2 medium apples (cored and finely chopped)
- 2 medium pears (cored and finely chopped)
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup DiSaronno amaretto liquor
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- Place cut-up bread and amaretti cookies in shallow pan.
- Pour milk over top and allow to soak for about 1 hour. The milk will be completely absorbed by the bread and amaretti.
- In the meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a small frying pan over low heat until golden brown. This should take a few minutes. Set aside.
- Use non-stick spray to coat the inside of a 10 inch spring form pan.
- Preheat oven to 400° F (200 °C). Place rack in the center of the oven.
- Transfer bread mixture to food processor and blend together. Alternately, in a large bowl stir and mash the mixture with a fork, until you get a “mushy” consistency.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and combine with a wooden spoon.
- Drop batter in the spring form pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes; lower heat to 325° F (170° C) and bake for another 45 minutes.
- Cake is best served warm.
The end product will vary based on the type of bread that you use. I have tried this recipe with both whole wheat and white pagnotta (Italian rustic bread).
- Category: Dessert, Dolci
- Cuisine: Italian
Hello! My name is Maria, Canadian-born and Italian-raised. By day, I work in a health institution, but by night, I cook, bake, and blog. I guess I get it from my mom, who I truly believe spent most of her adult life in the kitchen (and loved every second of it)! Recently it became important to me to fix up, document, and post some of her treasured recipes; I wanted my own kids to get a taste for the legacy she left behind and to continue to honour the traditions she set up when she was alive. I crave the simple things in life, most of all enjoying some good food with my beloved family and friends.