I was on a mission this morning to clean the house, catch up the laundry, and clean out the fridge. I was on a roll until I got half way into cleaning out the fridge. Before you go thinking it's because I'm a slacker let me assure you there is a perfectly good reason why I didn't ever finish cleaning out the fridge.
I was busy pulling out all the items in the way back of the fridge that expired way too long ago when a half eaten container of raspberries (due to expire at a moment's notice) caught my eye, then a couple of lonely apples that were on their last legs. I had to drop everything and do something about their desperate situation.
I decided to fix a small batch of apple-raspberry sauce and while I was pulling out a pot I noticed a loaf of sourdough bread on the counter that had been there so long it was as hard as a rock. (Cough, cough.) It's not that I'm usually that neglectful with my ingredients; its just things got a little hectic around here this weekend with my daughter going to homecoming.
Before I knew it I was whipping up a batch of bread pudding to accompany the sauce. Besides bread pudding always scores me bonus points with Hot Dog Dude, it's his favorite dessert on the planet.
Sourdough Bread Pudding
4 cups milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 loaf sourdough French bread, cut in 1-inch cubes
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped in large pieces
2-3 tablespoons butter
Cut the loaf of bread up into 1/2" cubes and place into a buttered 9" x 13" x 2" baking pan.
Heat milk in a saucepan on medium heat until bubbles appear around the outside edges, remove from the heat.
In a large bowl add the 2 whole eggs and separate the other 2 and add only the yolks, save the whites for an omelet or something. Add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat together to combine.
Slowly drizzle in the warm milk while whisking. Strain the milk mixture with a fine sieve and pour over the top of the bread cubes. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Cut up the chocolate and sprinkle over the top of the bread mixture. Cut the butter up into thin slices and add to the bread mixture and sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar.
Bake for 50 minutes or until the edges of the cubes start to brown a bit and most of the milk is absorbed.
2 medium apples, skin removed, cored, and chopped in 1/4" pieces
1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
3-4 ounces fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Add the diced apples and juice to a small saucepan and cook on medium to medium-low heat for 8 minutes with the lid on and then add the raspberries and sugar and cook for 5-6 more minutes uncovered. Once all the fruit is tender, turn the heat off and puree the mixture with a handheld immersion blender or food processor.
Tangy sourdough bread, melty dark chocolate and a zippy fruit sauce, maybe I will add this dessert to my all-time favorites list or at least until the next time I have dessert anyways. I'm anticipating my next dessert to be within the next 48 hours because I like to keep myself on a strict dessert schedule. I like to think it compensates for my lenient housekeeping schedule.