Bread Pudding has got to be one of those classic dishes that everyone has had at some point or the other – am I right? I recently saw a picture my niece (no agist comments please) had posted of a luscious divine bread pudding my cousin had made and mannnnnnn… you get the picture. But with birthday season (it’s a thing in this house) upon us and Christmas fast approaching the indulgence factor had to be dialed down and so I whipped up with this Bread Pudding with Liquid Stevia that hit the spot without putting me into a food coma!
I learnt something about myself recently that really surprised me. I have always described myself as a Baker, butter and sugar as my primary loves. Then recently I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of this beautiful cookbook called Oh Sweet Day by Fanny Lam, the talented blogger behind the blog Oh Sweet Day. After much deliberation I decided to make the Chewy Ginger Cookies first – they seem so perfect for Fall! Also I was secretly hoping my kids would not like them and there would be lots for me, but more on that later.
It’s cold here now. Not very cold, but cold enough. Cold enough for me to want to drink more hot drinks, stay ensconced in my ginormous fluffy robe and bake and eat cake. Especially easy peasy cakes. I was hesitant about sharing my Walnut Crumb Cake recipe because it is such a far departure from usual crumb cakes. Those are lofty, with that beautiful pillowy crumb topping, a centimetre or more high. I love the idea of those. However, three bites into it I begin to wonder how it is that I manage to forget that it is the idea I like more than the actual too sweet dessert.
I have scoffed at Chocolate Muffins for a long time because to me they have always sounded like cake for breakfast. Cake for breakfast, pfft. Actually my eldest brother does just that (eat cake for breakfast) every single day and I may have scoffed at that too. Then the other day I woke up and all I really wanted was a chocolate muffin. Something chocolatey, not too sweet, a one bowl affair that would take five minutes to put together. I waited a few hours and the craving did not pass so I wound up going through my scrawled recipe notes and voila. Usually I try to add yogurt or wheat germ or oat bran to amp up the nutritional content, but I was out of all the above so I made do with what I had.
Net result: delicious one bowl Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (cake lol) for breakfast and the lesson that I should scoff less.
Some of you may already know this, but my husband and I have two daughters. After the birth of my older one my husband would often say that when she wants something he is eating he doesn’t feel any resentment. I feel that way too – most of the time. That said, I distinctly one time I felt differently. She was little, between 2 and 3. I had heard about a bakery called Prairie Girl & popped in to try a cupcake. Usually I am underwhelmed by most cupcakes so I got two minis. A Vanilla with Vanilla Bean frosting for her and a Chocolate with Peanut Butter frosting for me. Just for funsies I tried a little bit of her vanilla frosting. It took every ounce of my being to give it back to her because all I wanted to do was to devour it.
In case you are wondering, yes I went back and got another cupcake for myself.