Friday, October 30, 2009

Incredible Bread Pudding

My sister had this bread pudding at a hoity toity restaurant. It was so incredible that she begged for the recipe. And lucky for you I will share it with you as well. It truly is so so yummy!

Amazing Bread Pudding

1 1/2 loaves fresh french bread (if you are feeling ambitious...make your own!)
1 cup sugar
8 eggs
1 quart milk
1 quart half and half
2 tsp. vanilla

Cube the bread. Beat all other ingredients. Pour egg mixture over the cubes of bread and gently mix. Put in a 9x13 (or save yourself a bowl and just mix the bread and egg mixture in the 9x13 pan) dish. Cover with foil.

Bake at 325 for 2 hours. Or until the knife comes out clean

Serve warm with Vanilla Sauce and half and half poured over.

Vanilla Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup un-whipped whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
vanilla to taste

Add all ingredients and cook over stove top until nice and bubbly.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Betty Boo Sock Doll Pattern

I haven't posted in a while, but I saw this and just had to share. The pattern for this adorable little sock doll is available free over at Heather Bailey's site. There's just enough time to make one in time for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Dip

As promised, here is the Pumpkin Pie Dip I made for the Halloween Party play group. The picture shows it being served with gingersnaps, but I served mine with sliced apples and pears.

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Gingersnap cookies


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and ginger until blended. Serve with gingersnaps. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 cups.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Creamy Pumpkin Rice Pudding

(Sorry for the small pic - I borrowed it from the Internet)

For anyone that is a fan of rice pudding, this is a perfect Fall version of the dish!


2/3 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
2/3 cup Pumpkin Puree, or canned pumpkin
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 medium red apple and/or green pear, cored and thinly sliced (1 cup)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
2 Tbsp. honey
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In small saucepan combine water and rice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring once.
2. In medium bowl combine eggs, milk, Pumpkin Puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt. Stir in rice and 1/2 cup of the cranberries. Pour mixture into 1-1/2-quart straight-sided deep baking dish. Place dish in baking pan on oven rack. Pour boiling water into baking pan until water comes halfway up sides of baking dish.

3. Bake 30 minutes; stir. Bake 35 minutes more or until outside edge appears set. Remove dish from oven. Cool slightly on wire rack.

4. Meanwhile, in bowl combine remaining 1/4 cup cranberries and boiling water to cover. Let stand 15 minutes; drain. Just before serving, toss together apple, walnuts, honey, and cranberries. Spoon over pudding. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

5. To store, cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.