No girls weekend is complete without an indulgent chocolate dessert. Since snow is in the forecast for the Sierra Nevada, a dessert that's served warm is ideal. Chocolate bread pudding is comforting and delicious. The simple ingredients can be found at the local mountain store and the preparation is less complicated than a layer cake. Assemble the pudding before dinner because it needs time to rest before baking. Place in the oven when dinner is finished, so it can cook while you do the dishes. If you can't find creme fraiche, substitute heavy whipped cream or a small scoop of ice cream. To look at this rich, luxurious recipe, read more
Savory bread puddings are all the rage. Filled with chunks of delicious vegetables, smooth cheeses, and egg soaked bread, how could you not lust for a piece of one? For best results, use a good quality crusty white bread.
This recipe calls for frozen artichokes and spinach, so follow the packages' instructions to properly thaw the ingredients. The resulting savory pudding pairs nicely with an Italian Chardonnay. It can be assembled in advance and baked later, making it a marvelous choice for a pot luck meal. To take a look at the recipe all you have to do is, read more
I eat a banana for breakfast every morning, so I almost always have them on hand. They're my secret weapon for an easy, fast dessert: chocolate-banana bread pudding. I've made this dessert tons of times and it's a real crowd pleaser. The bananas are lightly caramelized before they're added and the puddings are cooked in a muffin tin making for fun, individual portions. The final dessert is comforting and each bite melts in your mouth. For the delightful recipe, read more
When I went to dinner for my dad's birthday, one of the desserts we sampled was a delicious bread pudding. An uncomplicated peasant's dessert, bread pudding is baked, cubed bread soaked in a custard-like mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. It's a dessert that you may not think to make at home, but one whose comforting simplicity is worth it. To encourage that everyone give bread pudding an experimental try in their kitchen, I've found two recipes — one for the inexperienced and one for the pro — so check them out, just read more
I almost broke my 52 weeks of baking resolution this week, but a random office concoction saved me. I was internally debating on what I should do when I remembered that there was a toaster oven in the office kitchen, as well as a bunch of random ingredients. So in a last ditch effort to save my resolution, I threw everything together and created what I've dubbed "ghetto bread pudding." I call it this for three reasons: (1) it looks pretty ghetto, (2) there's no pudding in this bread pudding and (3) it seems like something you'd eat in college and everyone knows, you eat some pretty ghetto stuff in college.
However, no matter how bad it looks, this mixture of chocolate, peanut butter, bread and bananas tasted pretty great. If your office has those four ingredients and a toaster oven, then do yourself a favor and whip up an incredibly simple indulgent snack. To see what I came up with, read more
Sometimes I crave a delicious dessert that doesn't involve a bunch of elaborate steps and expensive ingredients. I know that I could just have vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, but it's winter and I'd rather have something that is warm gooey goodness. When a craving like this strikes, I make chocolate banana bread pudding. Since I always have bananas, chocolate and sliced bread on hand, it comes together so quickly (35 minutes). If you're having a sweet attack and want something homemade fast, read more