Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TWD: Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding

Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding

You would think that because I made this nearly two weeks ago, I would have written up the post ahead of time. But noooooo. Not me! I'm stuck in a never ending cycle of packing at the moment so doing something ahead of time sort of gets forgotten about. Perhaps if I actually knew where I was going to live beyond crashing with my aunt for awhile, I would have gotten around to writing about this delicious bread pudding on time. Oh...did I forget to mention that I don't have a house anymore?

Yeah...we had some uh...issues...with that one and had to let it go. I had already given my 30 day notice on my apartment however, and wouldn't you know...my lovely complex had already leased out my apartment for May. So I spent last Saturday with my mom and aunt looking at a whole 'nother set of condos and townhouses. We decided on two and put offers in on both. So far one has been turned down and the other (the one I like better) has been no response. Well...if it wasn't for my aunt, me and the dog would be out on the street (and the cat and guinea pig too. Speaking of guinea pig...anyone want one...his name is Cadbury!!!). Mostly likely making a house out of all of the boxes. Hopefully we'll get a response soon on the other. If not, I'm probably going apartment hunting!

Enough of all of that drama! Let's get to the bread pudding. I was a bit skeptical of adding chocolate to bread pudding. I've had and baked all manner of bread pudding but not one of them had chocolate. It seemed odd at first but I love bread pudding (something about the mushiness of the bread makes me love it) so I jumped in and made it. This was one of the easiest bread puddings I've ever made. Just a few minutes and its soaking up all of the custardy goodness. A quick bake in the oven and BAM! a nice tasty dessert is on the table.

Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding
Not the prettiest dessert ever is it?

The hardest part is letting it get to room temperature. I snuck a tiny piece and it was so good warm. I was hoping it didn't go all yucky once cool. OMG....this stuff was sooooo unbelievably delicious! I only made a 1/3 of a batch and it was gone in about 2 eatings of it (I managed a small third for breakfast). I don't think I've been that disappointed in a long time. If I hadn't been out of bread and most of my kitchen packed up at that point, I would have made another batch up. Sadly, it didn't happen. But as soon as I have a working kitchen, you can bet that baby is getting whipped up again!

Sorry for the late, kinda whiny post. Some day when I have that said working kitchen, I'll be back on a more regular, less whiny basis!

Thanks to our host, Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle! You picked a tasty treat! You'll be able to find this weeks recipe on Lauren's blog.

You can find more Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding at the TWD Blogroll!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

TWD: Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

When I first picked up my copy of Baking, this was the recipe that drew me in. This was the one I knew I just had to make. Banana Cream Pie is one of my favorites if not the number one on pies I can't stop eating. I wanted to choose it when it was my turn, and at the time, I was probably going to be picking about now. Because of people leaving the group, my time to pick was bumped up to December of 2008. Ugh...not exactly the time when people would want another big dessert added to their undoubtably big load. So I went with the Buttery Jam Cookies instead. Now don't get me wrong, I loved those easy cookies. But my heart was still wanting to make this pie.

I am so grateful that Amy of Sing for Your Supper chose it for Tuesdays with Dorie this week. I haven't had an occasion to make it yet and this was the perfect opportunity.

Packing up the apartment

Because I am the middle of packing up my apartment to move to my much larger soon to be new house, I had to downsize the pie. It actually gave me a chance to break out my mini deep dish pie plates I was given last year. They are the perfect size for a single gal to be able to feel a little less guilty about eating pie.

I must admit, I did cheat a little bit. I didn't make the pie crust. Gasp! I know. Its horrible but I used some premade pie crust I had in the freezer. It was either use it now or probably end up moving it over. And the less frozen food I have to move over the better. It wasn't the greatest pie crust but I really didn't care. The star of the pie was the filling. I usually end up not eating the crust anyway.

Banana Cream Pie

OMG. This was sooooooo good! I loved, loved, loved it! The pastry cream was a little different than a normal banana cream pie. It is made with brown sugar as well as a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. After tasting it, this pie would definitely fit in with a holiday table. But it was equally as delicious on a hot April (soon to be chilly...sigh...Texas weather) night. The whipped cream was also a little different with the addition of sour cream. I wasn't sure if I would like it but it was very tasty. The tang of the sour cream went really well with the sweet pastry cream and the bananas. A perfect combination!

Once again, a TWD recipe is going on my to make again list. I absolutely loved it! This time, I don't think there is anything I would change. Well, except with a better pie crust or eliminating the pie crust all together. This would make an excellent parfait. In fact...I think I might go make one right now. I have a little of everything left in the fridge!

To get this recipe, check out Amy's blog Sing for Your Supper. You can see more Banana Cream Pie by checking out the TWD Blogroll.

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