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Budino e saba

You'll need

  • 1.25 litres
  • (5 cups) milk
  • 1
  • lemon, zested rind only
  • 7
  • cloves
  • 2
  • cinnamon quills
  • 1
  • vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 165 gm
  • (¾ cup) caster sugar
  • 10 gm
  • unsalted butter
  • 5
  • eggs
  • 2
  • egg yolks
  • To serve:
  • red grapes, halved
  •  
  • Saba
  • 750 ml
  • (3 cups) mosto (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Combine milk, zest, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla bean and seeds in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium heat and cook until reduced to 750ml (12-15 minutes). Remove from heat, add sugar and stir to dissolve. Cool.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Grease six 1-cup capacity heatproof ramekins with butter. Stir milk mixture and pour through a fine seive into a mixing bowl, discarding solids. Whisk in the eggs and yolks then pour into ramekins. Cover ramekins with foil, place in a tea towel-lined baking dish, making sure they are not touching each other. Fill baking dish with boiling water three-quarters up the sides of the ramekins and bake until a knife inserted withdraws clean (40-50 minutes). Cool for 15 minutes, remove from baking dish and refrigerate until chilled (1-2 hours).
  • 03
  • Meanwhile for the saba, boil the mosto in a small saucepan over high heat until reduced by half (20-30 minutes). Cool.
  • 04
  • To serve, invert puddings, pour a little saba over, garnish with a few grapes and serve immediately.
Note Mosto is the Italian for fresh grape juice. Anna Maria uses Robinvale red grape juice.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
  • 45 min preparation
  • 1 hr 10 min cooking (plus cooling)
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
  • 45 min preparation
  • 1 hr 10 min cooking (plus cooling)

Drink Suggestion

Vin santo.

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