Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Rumors Were True, Which Reminds Me of Bread Pudding

Yesterday was indeed my birthday. It was sweet of Arlee Bird to pass the word on his tossing it out blog. Being a gentleman, he did not mention my age. I will tell you that I'm old enough to know better than indulge in the kind of overeating I did last night when my hubby took me out to eat.

We opted for tapas and wine--hummus, olives, grilled vegetables, bacon-wrapped dates, wine, and bread pudding (instead of birthday cake).

Which leads me to a general discussion of bread pudding, my favorite dessert. I've been sampling this treat across the country, whenever I see it on the menu, and I've tried making my own. So far, I have one restaurant's version and one homemade version at the top of the list.

The restaurant, Jacques-Imo's, is in New Orleans. When you visit that great city, check it out. The decor is amazing, the food out of this world, and it's always very crowded.

My favorite homemade version of bread pudding was adapted from this recipe I found at allrecipes.com. I omit the currants/raisins and use whole wheat bread. I also cut the recipe in half and only use two eggs. Cutting the recipe in half is necessary to protect me from my own weakness. If it's there, I will eat it.

Anyone else have a weakness for bread pudding?

14 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Happy belated birthday. Sounds like you had a great time. And yes, I have a weakness for bread pudding. I'll have to check out the recipe you linked to. Hope you have a grand year.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Pleased you had a wonderful birthday, a little indulgence now and again don't harm amyone.

Take care.
Yvonne.

Karen Walker said...

Happy birthday, Patricia. Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. There is one restaurant in Albuquerque that has killer bread pudding, but I'm not an expert on that particular dessert. Best wishes,
Karen

Gary said...

Happy birthday from another bread pudding lover. My wife thinks I'm crazy when we eat at a local buffet, because I eat a moderate main course to save room for bread pudding and ice cream. I'm sure glad that's my only vice!...yes, it really is...really.

Amy Tate said...

Happy birthday! I've never been to New Orleans but I hope to someday. My father-in-love has a taste for bread pudding too. You reminded me to ask for that recipe from my mother-in-love. Hope you have a wonderful day and that your family spoils you rotten!

Clarissa Draper said...

Sadly, I'm not sure I've ever eaten bread pudding but I will try that recipe of yours. Thank you so much. Hope you have another great year.

CD

Patricia Stoltey said...

Bread Pudding Lovers United sounds like a great name for a blog...

Linda L. Henk said...

My husband does. I like one that I learned from Hispanic friends. They add cheddar cheese and a bit of grated fresh onion to a regular bread pudding recipe. I like that variation very much.

Julie Musil said...

Sounds like you had an amazing birthday! Believe it or not, I have never had break pudding. Maybe that's a good thing, since I don't know what I'm missing.

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Jeanie said...

I absolutely love bread pudding and I am going to New Orleans next month. I will definitely try to check out Jacques-Imo's. Maybe I should call for that reservation now. haha

Jemi Fraser said...

I've heard of bread pudding, but didn't know what it was. Thanks for the info - I'll have to make it one day! Glad you had a lovely birthday dinner! :)

Terry Odell said...

The closing brunch at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference included bread pudding ... yum!

irishoma said...

Hi Patricia,
When we go to one buffet restaurant, bread pudding is my husband's favorite dessert . He was born in Germany, so he tends to like desserts that are not too sweet.
Oh, and a belated happy birthday. Hope it was a great one.
Donna
http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Oh Pat,
i knew we were soul mates on some level. I too LOVE bread pudding. Happy belated birthday dear one.

Jean McBride