Monday, December 28, 2009

Bread Pudding


"There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie, it will nearly be like a picture print by courier and ives... these wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives!"
- Sleigh Ride Lyrics

soooooooo i realized i never even told you what i did for christmas!!!! christmas eve i didn't do much.... me and rachel went "knitting-book shopping" and i got two reaaaaaaally good books. then i saw some friends in the evening and then went home and learned the correct way to knit.... while the "julie style" knitting has served me well for many years, i want to be able to make more than just scarves, so i finally needed to learn how do it the right way in order to progress. so i did that and then watched christmas movies all night with the kitties. christmas day i went over maggie's parents house in west chester and stayed with them until saturday.... it was soooo nice- just the relaxation i needed..... they have a fireplace, and her mother knows how to knit so she taught me the purl stitch and i got to meet maggies brother and they all made this delicious dinner and sigh, it was just wonderful.... family time with someone else's family is heaven hahha.
anyways so one of the things they had for dessert was bread pudding.... i have only ever had bread pudding one other time but it was deeeelicious and her mom said it was really easy to make and so i was inspired.... on sunday evening i tried doing it myself and it turned out fabulously!!! all in all it was one of the best christmas i've ever had... stress free, cozy and delicious!

Bread Pudding
Ingredients:
2 cups of cubed bread
1/2 cup of raisins (you can be sneaky like me and just use raisin bread)
3 cups of milk
4 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tbl. spoon of vanilla
1 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of salt
Directions:
- preheat the oven to 325 degrees
- line a cassarole dish with tin foil
- spread the bread and raisins (or raisin bread) evenly in the dish
- in a large bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients
- pour the mixture over the bread and allow to soak for a few hours
- bake for like a half hour or until golden brown
- serve warm with vanilla ice cream

ALSO, for breakfast maggie thought it would be a good idea to put some butter in a pan and grill the bread pudding like french toast and then eat it with maple syrup..... it's amazing. i highly recommend this! this is my attempt.... not as good as when maggie did it, but not bad for a first time chef either:

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