• Serves 6
  • 45 minutes
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 11 Ingredients

Wondering what to do with your leftover bread? This dish turns dull pantry items into delightful desserts. The fresh melon gives a traditional family go-to a much needed modern touch – head to the Footscray Market for outstanding fresh fruit.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2.5l milk
  • 2 lemon zest, cut into large strips
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • 750g caster sugar
  • 60ml anis liquer
  • 200g two day old bread, crusts removed
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • splash olive oil
  • 5 eggs
  • sprinkle ground cinnamon


  1. Place the milk, lemon zest, cinnamon sticks, mint, sugar and anis in a large heavy-based saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 30 minutes, then remove from heat and leave to cool. Strain, the measure out 1 litre milk and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Pour remaining milk into a bowl. Break the bread into rough chunks and 4cm in size and soak in the milk for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Cut the melon in half, then scoop out and discard the seeds. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out balls or round shapes, placing them in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan to 190c, or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil browns in 10 seconds.
  5. Carefully lift the bread out of the milk one piece at a time and dip them in the beaten egg, allowing the excess to drain off. Deep-fry the bread chunks for one minute, or until golden, turning several times. Drain on paper towel and repeat with remaining bread chunks and beaten egg.
  6. Place the warm bread dumplings and melon balls in chilled bowls. Pour the reserved chilled milk over and serve scattered with a few torn mint leaves and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.

  • A very good recipe,thank-you so much!


  • This is a different type of bread and butter pudding I THINK.


  • How very unusual!


  • Yum.. Mum used to make us dumplings that sound a lot like this. I’m not keen on melon, but the rest sounds delicious!


  • Yum! Very nice! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


  • I think my toddler might really like this!


  • this is so totally different. like an umarket bread pudding?


  • My family will love this.


  • Love anything that allows us to use all the bits and pieces leftover in the pantry/crisper


  • Different


  • this is a new type of recipe to me but it still sounds pretty good. i bet that the fresh fruit just makes a big difference

    • and a big thankyou for sharing your amazing recipe idea, with all of us. it is a 5 star recipe




  • This looks very intriguing. I don’t like milk but if this was a bit thicker I could eat this. I love the flavours though incorporated in it. That lemon zest would make this just perfect.

    • Lucky for me as I love milk and love the look of this unique recipe!


  • This looks interesting will try this


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