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?