Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bread Pudding....for One.......

I often get hungry for the simple things in life. Bread pudding is one of them. But when you aren't cooking for a big family any more, who wants a big dish of bread pudding hanging around. So this is my answer to a few slices of stale bread. You can add 1 Tbsp of fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, a few banana slices, or as shown here, some broken up chocolate bar. If you use the chocolate bar, add it on top after baking the pudding. I used Baker's Chocolate Orange pieces and it gave it a bit of an orange flavor. But you can use the chocolate of your choice.

Bread Pudding
1 egg
1 slice bread, cubed
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
5 shakes cinnamon
1 tbsp. raisins
Nutmeg, dash
Orange Zest, approx.1/2 tsp or to taste (optional)
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350F.
Mix milk and egg with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a 2- or 2 1/2-cup bowl . I use a small corning ware baking dish. (It's about 2 small custard cups in size.) Add cubed bread and raisins .Make sure it soaks up all the egg and milk mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned on top and set in the middle.Personally, I think baking it in the oven is worth the wait. Microwaving it just never seems to do justice to your ingredients. But if you've a mind to, give it a try and use whatever method you like.
Without the chocolate, it is very good with a lemon sauce poured over it.
Till next time......

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