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The Best Thing I Ever Cooked

What’s the best thing you ever made? Whether it was as simple as  an ear of corn steamed and slathered with olive oil or as complicated as a multicourse holiday feast, please share the recipe—or just the experience—with the rest of us.

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  1. OK, I know bread pudding seems a little retro, but with this recipe it’s surely going to be making a revival! It’s so easy, it practically makes itself!

    Put Down Your Blackberry: Blackberry Plum Bread-Pudding!

    5 ripe plums
    2 cartons of blackberries
    2/3 cup of brown sugar (packed)
    1 cup of table sugar
    1 Tbs Cinnamon
    1 Tsp Nutmeg
    1 Tbs of PURE Vanilla Extract (you can also sub real vanilla bean)
    1 quart of WHOLE milk
    1/4 cup of Half & Half
    6 Eggs
    A large loaf of Brioche or Challah (stale)
    A little butter (for greasing the pan)

    Preheat oven to 350.

    In a very large bowl, beat the eggs with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and 2/3 cup of the table sugar. While whisking, add in the milk and half & half.

    Slice the plums and add them to the black berries in a separate bowl. Lightly toss with 1/3 cup of the table sugar.

    Tear the bread into 1 1/2 inch chunks (not too thick!) and start adding them to the egg and milk mixture. Mix together using your hands until the bread has soaked up all the mixture.

    In a greased pan, begin adding the eggy-bread mixture. Once you have covered the bottom, add a layer of the berries and plums. Repeat. The top layer should be plums and berries.

    Sprinkle with cinnamon and put into a 350 degree oven. Let it cook 40 minutes uncovered. Let it cool until slightly warm.


    Comment by Ronnie N. — September 7, 2009 at 4:45 am

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