Creole Bread Pudding with Irish Whiskey Sauce

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Forever thrifty in the kitchen, New Orleans cooks would never dream of wasting good, but stale French bread. Over the years, bread pudding has become our city’s favorite dessert. It’s on every menu in town and every restaurant makes it differently. Some add chocolate, some dried fruit and nuts, some soufflé them. But ours is traditional and delicious.

New Orleans bread is light and airy with a very tender crust that softens in this bread pudding. We could recommend other breads, but the bread pudding won’t be like the one we serve at Mr. B’s. Different breads absorb custard differently—your final result could be more custard-y or drier.

For bread pudding

  • 3/4 pound light, airy French bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 2 dozen large eggs
  • 1 1/2 quarts heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, chopped
  • For whiskey sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey

Preheat an oven to 250 degrees.

Make pudding: Arrange half of the bread in a 13- by 9- inch baking pan and sprinkle with raisins. Arrange the remaining half of bread over top. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, cream, 2 cups sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and nutmeg until smooth. Pour half of custard over bread and gently press down bread. Let sit until bread soaks up custard, about 15 minutes (depending on bread). Pour remaining half of custard over bread and gently press down bread. In a small bowl combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over bread. Dot bread with butter and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until custard is just set in the center.

Make whisky sauce: In a medium saucepan bring cream and milk to a boil. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and yolks until combined well and gradually whisk in hot milk mixture. Transfer mixture to a double boiler and cook over just simmering water, stirring gently but constantly with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until thick, about 12 minutes. Pour sauce through a fine sieve and stir in whiskey. Serve sauce warm or cold. If chilling sauce, let sauce become completely cold before covering, as condensation will cause it to thin. The sauce can be covered and chilled for up to 3 days. Makes 2 3/4 cups sauce.

Serve pudding warm drizzled with whiskey sauce. Makes one 13 X 9 inch baking pan, serving 12.

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Tonyas tutorial in her own words!

We go on a lot of road trips, the kids have extra curricular activities and there is always waiting around at doctors offices and various other appointments, so taking snacks or lunch with us not only saves us money, but also reduces the number of times we might be tempted by the dreaded (aka unhealthy) drive-thru.  We had some adorable little lunch sacks that the preschool teachers gave the twins last year as gifts, but I had wanted to make new ones for a while.

Now, I don't have a complete tutorial for these, but they are very easy to make; I kind of winged it, as I tend to do sometimes.

I came across absolutely gorgeous handmade lunch bags on The Purl Bee but knew I wanted to use oilcloth (which I had quite a few bits and pieces in my stash, and thought it would be easier to clean) like Skip To My Lou had used to make hers.

So I decided to start measuring and cutting and see what happened.

So this is what I cut:

  • 9" x 7" rectangles (front and back)
  • 2 4" x 9" rectangles (sides)
  • 1 4" x 7" rectangle (base)

Using my sewing machine I stitched a hem along the top of each of the side, front and back pieces.  I then stitched the side, front and back pieces together.  Then stitched the base of the bag on last.

Next, I stitched a small piece of cord elastic to the inside of the back into the shape of a loop.

I handstitched a large button to the front of the bag.

I found some strong ribbon in my stash, hemmed it and hand stitched it using embroidery thread to the top of the back of the lunch bag to make a handle.

And that was it.

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Use an empty toilet paper roll to print your very own fabric

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Easy to do and would be great on table runners!