SUNDAY SNOW DAY
We are buried under inches upon inches of the white stuff! The snow started to fall on Friday evening and it hasn’t stopped since. Thankfully the roads are highways are well maintained in this part of the world and getting around hasn’t been too hindered. However, we are taking full advantage of some quality hibernation time and enjoying a quiet weekend at home.
To cut down on grocery costs this month I am really trying to use what I have in the pantry and freezer. The grocery bill got a little out of hand last month so I’m making a commitment to be more conscious of grocery costs and recover from some of the (unfortunately necessary) over spending. I like to keep a well stocked panty and freezer so with some more effort for planning ahead this task shouldn’t be too difficult.
I was debating making a dessert to go along with the roast beef I made for dinner last night (funny story about that roast beef coming up later this week- stay tuned, friends!). I could eat warm, comforting desserts every single day at the moment. It’s a winter thing. After some thought about what I was in the mood for, and what I had on hand, I spied some past-their-best buns in the bread bin. I had whipped up some home made buns to go with the pulled pork I made on Thursday. I should have frozen what was left over- If you’ve made bread before then you know that it goes stale very quickly. But, instead of preserving their freshness safely in my deep freeze, there they were, getting hard as a rock, on my kitchen counter. How do you save stale bread? You make bread pudding! And, what’s better than bread pudding for dessert? Bread pudding for Sunday Snow Day Brunch.
In the spirit of using up some of what was on hand I pulled out of the freezer some of the pumpkin I pureed after Halloween, and found an open carton of almond milk in the fridge that needed to be used up. I cubed the buns and left the pieces, uncovered, to dry out for about an hour before continuing the prepare the rest. Then, in a large bowl, I whisked the eggs, sugar, almond milk, pumpkin puree and spices together. The bread cubes got tossed with some melted butter and put in a large, buttered casserole dish, and then the liquid mixture was poured over the top. As this recipe was a first time experiment I had an “Oh, goodness. I think I have way too much liquid here” moment. But, it was the perfect amount. By the time I got my camera ready to take the photo it had already started to absorb into the bread. By this morning it was fully absorbed. So, don’t be alarmed.. lots of liquid is a good thing! I then covered the casserole dish with plastic wrap and set it in the fridge overnight to allow the rest of the magic to happen.
My Mother-In-Law always stops in for lunch on her way home from church and this would be a tasty warm lunch to serve on a snowy Sunday. About an hour before she arrived I topped the pudding with a sprinkle of brown sugar, cinnamon and some chopped almonds, and popped it in the oven. The house smelled amazing! I served it up with a drizzle of syrup and a side of coffee and baileys. It was a hit! Even the baby devoured it (minus the coffee and baileys, of course!). Aside from all the eggy, pumpkin, sweet bready goodness in this dish… It is also Mother-In-Law approved!
PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING
4 as a main dish
6 as an accompaniment
7 stale bread buns (approx. 8 cups)
1 tbsp softened butter (for buttering casserole dish)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 3/4 cups pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sliced or chopped almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Cube bread and set aside for 30 minutes to dry out.
2. In a large bowl beat eggs. Add sugar, almond milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well to combine.
3. Butter a large casserole dish.
4. Toss butter and bread cubes to coat. Transfer to the casserole dish.
5. Cover bread with the liquid mixture.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge for at least an hour. Overnight is best.
7. When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350.
8. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds.
9. Bake for 50 minutes. When casserole has “puffed up” and top is toasty brown it is ready.
10. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Delicious served with a drizzle of syrup!
Enjoy as a main dish or a side to your breakfast favourites.
What do you think, friends? I’d love to hear if you tried this recipe! Comments always welcome.
❤ KOCHIE MAMA