The monsoons this year have been amazing! Almost every day for the last two months has been wet, gloomy, and overcast – the perfect setting for warm foods. For many, the monsoon season in Goa conjures up images of a hot cup of tea on the ‘balcao’ with a healthy serving of something savoury, like hot pakoras, or something sweet, like pataleo, bebinca, or bread pudding. Speaking of bread pudding, it’s so well-loved in Goa, that this year, the Trinity World India Hospitality and F&B World Expo has decided to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the third year in a row, attempting the world’s largest bread pudding.
A Herculean task
Attempting to make the world’s largest bread pudding is no piece of cake. Chairman of the Trinity Group, Joesph Dias says, “the biggest challenge is going to be having to mask the smell of the eggs” (which was done with A LOT of vanilla essence). The team is no stranger to working with difficult ingredients. Two years ago, they broke the record for the world’s largest fish patty, and last year the attempted the largest chocolate mud pie so this is must have been easier – right? The chefs, lead by Modern Hospitality’s Sunit Sharma and Foody Breaks Academy’s Kunal Arolkar used close to 2000 slices of bread, 5000 litres of milk, and 9000 eggs – you may want to read that again. In addition to that, a special oven had to be constructed to accommodate the massive 1 foot high, 7 by 7-foot bread pudding, weighing in at 1400 kgs. All this was done yesterday at the India Hospitality and F&B World Expo 2019 held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium.
Breaking the record
A record this large needs a team of thoroughbreds, or should we say, thorough-breads. The all-stars that came together included All Goa Executive Chefs Kunal Arolkar, Sunit Sharma, Manjit Singh, Saurabh Puri, Prasad Paul, Kapil Muchandi, Nitin Tewari, Ravi Vishwaskarma, Yogendra Ghatge, Subadeep Modak, Verenius, K S Mahesh, Farooq Baig, Lawrence Gomes, S Sundar, Sarita Chavan, and Ranjit Pandey (President, Goa Culinary Forum), along with the technical team lead by Pradeep Panchal and Poonam Bhavsar. The previous record was set by experts from Hovis in the United Kingdom, who baked a bread pudding that was 7 by 5 feet, and about a quarter of a foot in height. It’s safe to say that the Goan team crushed it!
If you’re feeling peckish, swipe through the slideshow above to see what it took to bake the world’s largest bread pudding. It’s definitely one for the record books! Also, would you eat it? Let us know in the comments below.
Photographs by Naomi Rodrigues.