Thursday, December 3, 2009

Winter Nostalgia and Bread Pudding

The other night, I was feeling nostalgic for the winter holiday season, the snow and especially my family and friends back in Canada. I miss those days and how I wish I could be there with them now.

To feed my winter nostalgia, I decided to bake a bread pudding. It was midnight, and I was still wide awake. The smell of cinnamon and ground nutmeg filled the missing gap of "no snow" in December.

I followed this easy bread pudding recipe from

My variations are 2T. of cinnamon instead of 2t., and no vanilla. Also, I soaked the bread in the heated milk for a short while, before pouring in the second mixture. That night, I didn't have milk in the fridge, I replaced it with 1 cup of water instead (if you prefer a moist bread pudding, then go for 2 cups). I added raisins because I just love them. DH loved it ^_^. We ate the bread pudding while watching Martha Stewart show on TV ^_^

Here is the original recipe from

2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half and half)
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (french bread works best)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk (or half and half) just until film forms over top. Combine butter and milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.
2. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add milk mixture.
3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
4. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Pour batter on top of bread.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.
If you make the sauce to put on top of your bread pudding, adjust the sugar in the bread pudding recipe, change it to 1/3 cups sugar (the sauce has the other 1/3 cup in it).

Update: my bread pudding picture

These are the snowflakes DH and I made. I feel like a kid again!

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