November 23, 2009

This Week

feels a bit hurried! And it's just Monday morning - I don't think that's a good thing. I had fun over the weekend, out by myself shopping - I met Marie and Pamela down at Tom and Lucy's Art Shoppe, and started Christmas shopping for my kids! I know - I have a bit (LOT) of shopping to do!

We are hosting Thanksgiving with a few friends, everyone is bringing a few favorite dishes to ensure a true feast. Joe is in charge of the turkey this year, we will brine and fry it outside. Then mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, green salad, fresh cranberry sauce, and an indulgent chocolate bread pudding. You all need to try that bread pudding!

Chocolate Bread Pudding from Joy of Cooking

Serves 10-12
1 pound challah, brioche or other light egg bread. (Our bakery sells a loaf that works great!)
1 C heavy cream
3/4 C sugar
1/8 tsp salt
12 oz bitter or semi sweet chocolate, chopped (I've used 11.5 oz of Ghirardelli chips, no chopping)
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 C whole milk
1 Tbsp vanilla

1. Cut your loaf of bread into 1/2 inch chunks, keep the crumb, not the crust. You should have 6-7 cups, set aside.
2. Bring cream, sugar and salt to a boil while stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat, then add chocolate.
4. Let it stand for 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and yolks, then add milk and vanilla.
6. Whisk in the chocolate mixture, then stir in the bread.
Let it stand for 1 to 2 hours, gently pressing and stirring occasionally to help absorb all the liquid.
7. Preheat the oven to 325F
8. Generously butter/spray a shallow 2 quart baking dish, and pour in the pudding mixture.
9. Bake in a water bath(a second pan, filled with warm water about half way up your baking dish) until the center feels firm - 55 - 65 minutes. Let it cool a bit before serving with whipped cream, cool-whip or a sauce of your choice! Refrigerate any leftovers.

I wish I had a picture of the bread pudding, so yummy and rich. Perfect to go with the rest of our feast and the other desserts being baked up :) It's easy enough to bake anytime too, but be sure to share - it's a lot!

The winner of Saving Sammy has been announced, and I just received another book to review in January! Someone asked how I have time to read -- if I don't take a few minutes off of the computer or sewing machine before bed, I can't fall asleep - no matter how tired I am! My brain needs a little bit of wind down time.

I am planning to update my last post with more book suggestions today - I think it is such a great reference for everyone! Thank you for sharing.

One last thing -- Have you noticed the fabric shops sponsoring my blog!? Some of my favorites - and I'm so excited that they would want to be on my sidebar - check them out for all your fabric needs (and wants)!

Happy Monday~

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Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Can you believe it's already Thanksgiving week? It seems like it's come so fast!! :)

Jeannette said...

Oh dear...chocolate bread pudding sounds yummy... I have traditionally made persimmon pudding and carrot puddings ( an old Irish recipe that has potatoes and carrots, raisins nuts and is steamed.) Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Heather said...

That's a DANGEROUS recipe for me! I love bread pudding!!! :D
Thanks for posting it :D
What are some things your kids are asking for this year??

Unknown said...

Amy, I don't know how I missed the post about Saving Sammy. I am going out to get that book now. I will e-mail you and tell you my personal story. This particular post has touched me. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Rita @ Mochi Studios said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Amy! Can't go wrong with Chocolate Bread Pudding! Sounds delicious!

Unknown said...

How fun that you met Marie! I love her blog. I forget how many crafty bloggers there are in Utah.

hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

em's scrapbag said...

I'm like you I can't go to sleep until I've wind down with a book. I love your book list. I've requested several from it from the library. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Amy said...

I'm so glad you took some time to do some shopping by yourself! Did you find anything fun for your kid's? Did you make it to Oh Sweet Sadie or just Tom and Lucy's?

Sounds like some fun thanksgiving plans! Now I am off to look at yummy fabrics at some of your sponsors because one must do that frequently :)

Audrie said...

I've a very similar choc bread butter pudding recipe and I've never managed a picture because it's gone as soon as it's out of the oven hehe

Vicki said...

Hmm... maybe I'll try that bread pudding. It sounds delicious!

Unknown said...

Love your Christmas stocking tute! I featured it on

Unknown said...

We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia but I might have to start it just for some pudding , yum!

Thimbleanna said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful Thanksgiving planned. Then ... you're going to have to join me and pick up the pace on that shopping LOL!

Lindsay said...

This is a cool niche for a blog. There really are sponsors for everything under the sun out there.

Anyway, I saw one of your comments over at Problogger and just thought I'd pop in to say hi. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

OOh! SOunds delicious!