Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dessert for Breakfast by Victoria Hamilton

A very warm welcome to Amanda Cooper, author of the Teapot Collector mystery series! You might know Amanda for something else, though. Yes, she does write cozy mysteries as Victoria Hamilton. But that's not it.

Amanda is one of the queens of cozy giveaways. In fact, today she has not one, but two special giveaways. Don't forget to enter!


Random Observation #1:
I have a raging sweet tooth. Seriously. I have to be strict with myself, or I’d be eating cookies for breakfast, brownies for lunch, and French Toast for dinner. But then, who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner?

Random Observation #2:
Recently I was reminiscing how much my mom LOVED bread pudding. Even in her mid eighties she’d make it for herself often. I suddenly thought, well, it takes bread, eggs and milk… isn’t that really French Toast in a casserole? And… if you ate it in the morning that would just be… dessert for breakfast? Or a breakfast dessert?

Random Observation #3
I occasionally buy raisin bread and Cinnabon bread, but I don’t eat a lot of bread these days, so I inevitably end up throwing half loaves in the freezer. Where they sit. Sometimes I’ll make French Toast out of them, but not often.

These random thoughts come together in today’s recipe. I have dragged out my bits of raisin and Cinnabon bread loaves, whipped up the other ingredients, and voila, dessert (bread pudding) for breakfast. Though it doesn’t need it, I’ve made a sugar free berry sauce to pour over it, just as if it was French Toast, using my Christmas gift, an immersion blender! If you don’t have one, you can use a blender or just leave the berry sauce chunky. The beauty of this recipe is, it’s readily scalable for however many folks you’re feeding, or however many ramekins you have!

Individual Bread Puddings
Yield: 2 Servings
2 cups day-old bread cubes, preferably raisin bread, Cinnabon Bread, etc.
*I actually used four slices, 2 of Cinnabon bread and 2 Weight Watchers’ Raisin bread, and it was a little too much for 2 - 12 oz. ramekins. It would easily have made 3 servings.
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 - Divide bread between two greased 12 oz. oven safe ramekins and set aside.
2 - Beat eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then pour equal amounts into each ramekin. Let the milk/egg mixture soak in for a few mintues.
3 - Bake uncovered, at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool slightly.
4 – Serve warm with Sugarfree Fruit Sauce (recipe follows), custard sauce, whipped topping or on its own.

Sugar Free Fruit Sauce

2 Cups Frozen Berries – I like Europe’s Best, which I use for my smoothies, as well.
2 Cups Water
2 tsp. lemon juice

1 – Put berries and water in pan and turn to medium/low.
2 – Simmer until the berries break down, about 20 minutes, depending on the size of the berries, then using your immersion blender (or cool the mixture and use a blender, if you prefer) blend until the consistency you prefer. Simmer blended mix longer to reduce and thicken.
3 – Sweeten to your taste after you’re done cooking, if you’re using Stevia. If you’re using sugar, you must cook it with the berries. Don’t use too much Stevia because it is a powerful sweetener!
4 – Pour the fruit sauce into a glass jar once it’s cooled enough. Keep it in the fridge, but not for too long; this is not jam and will go bad. I would suggest it will keep for a few days.

Sauce Ingredients
Fruit Sauce

Bread Pudding Ingredients

Bread Pudding for Breakfast!


You could win one of two fun prize packages:

First Prize: Vintage teacup and saucer, Auntie Rose’s Tea-rrific Tea blend, a signed copy of The Grim Steeper, bookmark and a Cozy Mystery book tote!

Second Prize: A signed copy of The Grim Steeper, tea, and a bookmark.

Open to US and Canadian addresses.

Leave a comment, with some form of your name and email address so we can contact the winner! Contest ends at 11:55 PM on Wednesday, February 10th, so don't delay.


About The Grim Steeper:
The national bestselling author of Shadow of a Spout invites readers back to the Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove for more tea and murder...

Mid-October in the charming Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove means it’s time for the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. The highlight of the festivities is a roaming tea-tasting, which includes a stop at Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. Sophie Taylor would like to share her enjoyment of the event with her sort-of boyfriend, English teacher Jason Murphy, but Jason’s dean has accused him of falsifying grades to help an athlete at the local college. Steamed and stressed, Jason shows up the night of the party with bags under his eyes.

But the dean shows up under Sophie’s Japanese Maple later that night, murdered, and now Jason is suspected of far worse than fudging grade reports. It’s up to Sophie, her Nana, and their friends the Silver Spouts to pore over the clues to find out who really decided to teach the dean a lesson.

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  1. This looks so yummy, I can't wait to try it. And thank you for the chance to win one of the lovely giveaways!

  2. Love the Bread Pudding and Fruit Sauce recipes; and the giveaway prizes are fantastic! Would be so grateful to win, for sure. Liz Stark

  3. You are not alone with the bread pudding for breakfast!! My husband LOVES bread pudding...I think it was one of the first things I learned to make as a kid...I always have bits and pieces of bread in the freezer..and use it for puddings too....( or dressing!!).

  4. My husband also loves bread pudding! I personally would love to sit down and eat all the fruit sauce! Looking forward to reading the next installment in the Teapot Collector mystery series!!!! How does my reading list get so long????

  5. I love bread pudding! Thank you for the recipe!!! Would love to win!

  6. The bread pudding looks so good! Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway!

  7. Love your books, your recipes and your giveaways! Thanks so much.

  8. Love your bread pudding recipe and I will definitely make it, perhaps with the blueberries added to the ramekins and cooked in the pudding. Would love to win your giveaway too.
    Nancy R - email address is

  9. Bread pudding is one of my favorites but don't make it often because I am only one who eats it. This individual one would be great. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read this one love your books. Thanks for giveaway

  10. Bread pudding is one of my favorites but don't make it often because I am only one who eats it. This individual one would be great. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read this one love your books. Thanks for giveaway

  11. What a great giveaway and recipes! Thank you. Judy grogan,

  12. I absolutely love bread pudding pudding , this recipe is going on my list to make ! I love this series as well , thank you for a chance to win !

  13. Always love to make your recipes! Bummer that I have to make things gluten free, but that's okay! Love all your books so much!!

  14. Individual servings are great! We use muffin tins. Really helps keeping the portions even. Usually use more cinnamon than you recommend. And usually add a teaspoon of diced fruit of some sort. The fruit sauce recipe is a must I do believe. It looks great. Really nice giveaway. Would love to read The Grim Steeper. Am hoping for 1st prize. Always need totes. Della at

  15. I love Bread Pudding and can eat it any time of the day :). I will be trying this recipe soon. Wonderful giveaway, fingers crossed

  16. You had me at "dessert for breakfast"! Happy Sunday! :-)

  17. Oh wow, there ius cinnabon bread? I haven't seen this anywhere in town.
    Must try this recipe soon as I can. Thanks for sharing and thank you for the giveaway.

  18. Love your books ! I absolutely in love with the tea cup and saucer and the bag. Crossing my fingers . Thank you for the wonderful giveaway !

  19. Love your books ! I absolutely in love with the tea cup and saucer and the bag. Crossing my fingers . Thank you for the wonderful giveaway !

  20. The recipes sound great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. I LOVE French Toast! In fact, we have it here a lot for breakfast! Thanks for the chance to enter! c_mitchell1998(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. I LOVE bread pudding! I have to have coconut in mine however. Yum!

  23. I just woke up and found this article about your latest release. Now I am hungry with no ingredients to make any french toast and ready to devour this new book. I gotta get this book! stardustindy at yahoo dot com

  24. Sounds like a great recipe! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win.

  25. I love all things tea. The bread pudding sounds delicious. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

  26. Yummy, love bread pudding! And of course tea as well😊. Looking forward to the latest Amanda Cooper!

  27. Yummy, love bread pudding! And of course tea as well😊. Looking forward to the latest Amanda Cooper!

  28. So excited about your new book!

  29. We have breakfast every Thursday night for dinner!!

  30. We have breakfast every Thursday night for dinner!!

  31. It all sounds delicious!

  32. This sounds wonderful!! I'll be trying it very soon.


  33. Book and recipe sounds great! I love the prize package - both of them.

  34. I usually find french toast casseroles way too sweet for me. I like the idea of individual ramekins. Yummy. With a cup of tea and one of your good books,what could be better!