Showing posts with label French bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label French bread. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It always starts with a craving...

Yes, indeed, it always starts with a craving.
The other day, I had to have a fried egg sandwich.
Just had to have one. And I wanted it on toasted
French bread, so I bought a loaf. We all ate our
fried egg sandwiches (me with much joy) and then
I had a half loaf left. Hmmm.

French bread doesn't have much staying power.
By day two it was a little hard by day three it
was mimicking cement. Then our air conditioner
needed to be repaired (in AZ this is really not
negotiable) and the bill had me seriously
considering assuming the fetal position for the
day. But I decided comfort food was infinitely
more rewarding for me and less alarming for the
fellas who live with me. So, I decided to whack the
crusty loaf into pieces and make myself a lovely
mood elevating bread pudding. Thankfully,
it worked!


2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tspns cinnamon
1/4 tspn nutmeg
1 tspn vanilla
3 cups bread in small pieces
1/2 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350. In medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it thickens. Add the butter, stirring until it is melted. Cool. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, beat with mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add milk and butter to the mixture. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Pour batter on top of bread. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm.

I serve mine with vanilla ice cream but there are wonderful bread pudding sauces (brandy anyone?) that go just as well if not better.


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And I am not the only one who has been led astray by a craving! Our own Elizabeth/Riley suffered the same for a shrimp po'boy. Check it out!

Julie’s first book in the Manor of Murder Mystery series,
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To help launch the book and to celebrate its release, she's running a very special contest: Pre-order
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