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Monday, June 27, 2011

Make do and mend Mondays

Making do means many things. It also can be applied to how your approach cooking. I hate wasting food. I try to never have leftovers by being careful about how much I cook. And what do you do with those leftover slices of bread that are not as fresh as they used to be?

I now make individual old fashioned bread pudding. They are quick and easy to make as well as being a taste of days gone by. You can use any kind of bread for this. I had a heavier whole wheat bread this time and it turned out just as good as when I used wheat or white.

Fill two ramekins with strips of bread. Just tear it to fit in the dish. I line the dish as I go so they end up in circle or spiral shapes. As I go, I added thawed blueberries. I pick many each summer and freeze them. You can also use other fruits, raisins or dried cranberries.

Once the bread and fruit is prepared, take a measuring cup and put in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and added cinnamon. You could also use vanilla at this point. Mix in one egg well. Now top up the measure with milk until it reaches one cup.

Spoon the egg mixture over each ramekin carefully. You do not want to egg mixture to cause the bread to push up in the dish so do this slowly. Now sprinkle more cinnamon over the bread pudding and place in a 375F oven for about 45 minutes. You egg mixture will be set and the bread raise up as it bakes. Let is cool just slightly before serving, if you can keep yourself from eating it straight out of the oven. *wink*

*** I have cut down the amount of sugar and gone with brown sugar to make it a more healthy choice. ***

This bread pudding is so good and has that nostalgic taste of old fashioned cooking...

...but don't forget some whipped cream or a ball of vanilla ice cream. A girl has to have a little fun when eating a healthy treat, right?

Do you know any great make do recipes? Why not join in with Make do and Mend Mondays?


Saskia said...

are they still warm?? Open the front door, I'm on my way!!!

Littlebit said...

Oh, that sounds so yummy. I don't think I have ever had bread pudding, but I might give this a try. I usually take my stale bread, put it through the little food processor, and freeze it for when I need breadcrumbs..I also make my own croutons if I have French bread or Chiabata that is past its freshest point.

Deborah said...

Looks yummy! I happen to like leftovers. I will try this bread pudding.

Susan in SC said...

I have always wanted to make bread pudding but did not have a clue as to go about do so. Thank you for the instructions! I am also linking to you today on my blog. There is quilt pattern that I wonder if you know the name of. It's on my blog! Thanks Heidi!


Jenny said...

Dear Heidi, Turn on the teakettle I am on my way...grins....bread pudding is just my kind of dessert. That looks so good...I am off to the store for blueberries since I do not grow them....and then in the kitchen I go for bread pudding.......Thanks for the recipe, I have always wanted to make it, but could never find one that looked so yummy!!!!!! Now you have solved my problem...wink...Hugs from CA.

Jackie's Stitches said...

What a clever idea! And it looks really quick too which is always a plus!

Tammy said...

I usually stick my leftover bread slices in the freezer to use for bread crumbs later, but this is a much tastier option - and one my honey would really enjoy!

Anonymous said...

My daughter loves bread pudding and I like individual desserts so that neither of us eats too much. This is perfect.

Simple Home said...

That sounds delicious, and what a great way to use up the ends of the bread. We usually use it to make garlic toast when we have spaghetti, but this sounds better :)

DonnaTN said...

Yum! Thanks for a great idea and recipe.

Nancy said...

I love bread pudding. I make it a lot and do it in the microwave now. It is yummy.
Sorry I missed getting on skype today.
Love you, Mom

Annie said...

I'll try this bread pudding perhaps with raspberrie. It looks so delicious!