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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Toffee Sauce

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I know it isn’t quite time for fall recipes any more but I made this wonderful bread pudding for Thanksgiving and forgot to post it.  I have had a slight obsession with bread pudding lately.  It’s so warm and comforting.  This recipe took the place of our pumpkin pie this year.

Ingredients

For the Bread Pudding:

  • 1 loaf of challah bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Toffee Sauce:

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For the Bread Pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut loaf of challah into one-inch cubes.
  3. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, milk, melted butter, sugar, vanilla, spices, and salt.
  4. Place bread cubes into a large baking pan and pour custard over the bread.  Make sure that all of the bread is covered in custard.  Using challah bread is the secret to this bread pudding.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

For the Toffee Sauce:

  1. Place the butter, sugar, and cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir occasionally.
  3. Let boil for about 3 minutes.
  4. Then remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

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This recipe is extremely easy.  My whole family loved it.  Give it a try!

Enjoy,

Lizzie

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French Apple Tart

Hello!


I apologize for not posting since July!  I know it has been a while since I have posted, but I have been busy. Halie and I have just started our freshman year at college.  We are on opposite sides of the country, but we continue to talk about food even though we have not blogged about it.  This weekend I was home for my fall break.  My parents had a couple of their friends over for dinner, and of course I was put on dessert duty.  I wanted to make something festive for fall so, I bought the food network magazine to read on my plane ride home.  I chose Ina Garten’s French Apple Tart because one can never go wrong with Ina right?  This tart was a hit and had everyone at the dinner table raving!  I highly suggest it, its very easy.

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • ½ cup ice water

For the apples:

  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (my own addition)
  • 4 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • ½ cup apricot jelly
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Directions:

For the pastry:

  1. Place flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor or blender (or mix all by hand).
  2. Pulse for a few seconds to combine
  3. Add butter and combine until butter is in small pieces
  4. Pour the ice water in parts until the dough starts to combine
  5. Make dough into a ball and refrigerate for 1 hour

For the apples:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Shape dough into the pan
  4. Peel, and core apples
  5. Slice apples and arrange in rows
  6. Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice
  7. Dust apples with sugar mixture
  8. Dot apples with butter
  9. Bake for 1 hour until apples are golden on top

10. Heat jelly and water until they simmer

11. Once tart is out of the oven brush with apricot mixture

12. Serve warm or room temperature

Enjoy!,

Lizzie