Friday, January 1, 2010

Tiramisu, Bread Pudding and recipes!

Happy New Year!

Hope ya'll enjoyed your holidays.

I enjoyed a nice vacation with lots of cooking and baking, but no cupcakes!

It was nice to take a cupcake break and rediscover some other desserts I love. For Christmas I made tiramisu and bread pudding with a bourbon currant sauce. And since I have been lacking on the cupcake love I thought I would throw some dessert recipes your way to make up for it!

This was my tiramisu, which is surprisingly easy. It takes maybe 20 minutes of hands on prep and then you let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Easy and elegant! My favorite tiramisu recipe is here but I half it. Half of it was plenty for 6 people! I would buy a few more ladyfingers than what it calls for though, I like extra and needed it to cover both layers. You can't always find them at regular grocery stores but Whole Foods has them in the cookie aisle. Also, I was out of Marsala wine so I used Madeira (as they are comparable, and I may have another recipe coming up soon that will help you use the rest of your Madeira wine!), I also just used Kahlua as the coffee liqueur.

For Thanksgiving we were in STL and took advantage of grandparents and their free babysitting (a luxury for us!) and went out to a nice meal at Harvest in Clayton. I'm normally not a big bread pudding person (unless it's a chocolate brioche bread pudding!) but theirs sounded intriguing and came highly recommended so we gave it a shot. It did not disappoint. When I started asking my husband if he had any opinions on Christmas dessert he reflected back to the bread pudding telling me if I could make that it would "awesome".

I knew it was a fairly standard bread pudding, but the sauce made it extraordinary. The restaurant strangely did not have their dessert menu online so I called them and asked what the sauce was. Bourbon currant. Just for kicks I thought I would google it to see what kind of recipes were pulled up. To my amazement this appeared. The exact recipe the restaurant had given a magazine!

My modifications were to again, half it (I did 2 eggs and 2 yolks for the custard), and I baked it longer since my dish was a bit deeper. Don't be afraid of it getting brown on top as the crispness adds to the texture. On the sauce, I would completely ignore their recommendation to take the sauce off of the heat before adding the bourbon and currants. Their is a decent amount of alcohol which needed to cook out or else you were left with nothing more than the taste of bourbon from the sauce. Also since the currants were dried they could use a good soak to plump them up. I also found the currants at Whole Foods, but I think fried blueberries or golden raisins would be a suitable substitute.

Sorry I don't have a picture of the bread pudding, it went too fast!

So that's part of what my holidays looked like, hope ya'll enjoyed yours and are having a great start to the New Year!


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