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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Breakfast Bread Pudding



What's this ,Three "Good Foodie" Posts in a row? Go ahead and say it...Keith, you're on a blogging roll this week.. Maybe...

It's desert time again...Check this out...A new brunch favorite! Instead of the usual French toast or pancakes, try this bread pudding with fresh peaches to start your day. For ease in the morning, prepare peach sauce, custard, and assembly the night before.
And here is the big selling point...It's good for you!  (All this fruit!)

Ingredients
Peach Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)
  • 6 large ripe yellow peaches, halved, pitted, and coarsely chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
Custard:
  • 1 loaf(s) (1-pound) challah or brioche
  • 1 1/4 cup(s) milk
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 teaspoon(s) nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
Vanilla-Buttermilk Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup(s) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar, combined with above
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt

Directions
  1. To make peach sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in vanilla bean and lemon juice. Add peaches and simmer gently until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove vanilla, then use a slotted spoon to transfer half of peach mixture to bowl of a food processor. Pulse 4 to 5 times, until mixture is a chunky sauce; set aside for assembly. Reserve the rest of peaches and their juices in a dish, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast bread slices in a single layer on a rimmed sheet tray until just golden and dried out, 8 to 10 minutes. Flip slices and toast 5 to 7 minutes more.
  3. To make custard: Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream, sugar, vanilla bean, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep 20 minutes. Remove vanilla.
  4. Whisk eggs and yolks in a medium bowl, then whisk into steeped milk-cream mixture.
  5. To assemble: Grease a deep pie dish. Arrange 3 to 4 pieces of bread on bottom of dish, spread 1/2 cup peach sauce on bread layer, and repeat with remaining bread slices and peach sauce, ending with bread slices.
  6. Slowly pour custard into dish, gently pressing down on bread as needed so it absorbs custard (pudding may need to sit a few minutes before adding more custard). Discard any leftover custard. Cover and let sit at least 40 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle top of pudding with 2 tablespoons sugar and garnish with a few gratings of nutmeg. Bake until golden, puffed, and set, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let sit 20 minutes.
You gotta have a glass of milk after devouring this treat!

Enjoy!

1 comments:

Arlene said...

Keith, this is the kind of breakfast casserole that Karen is talking about us making for family reunion!! Imma put you down for 10!! Happy baking!


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1. Use a "refrigerator thermometer" to keep your food stored at a safe temperature (below 40 degrees fahrenheit).

Cold temperatures slow the growth of bacteria. Ensuring that your refrigerator temperature stays at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of food-borne illness. You can buy a refrigerator/freezer thermometer at appliance stories, home centers (i.e. Home Depot), and kitchen stores including online ones, such as Cooking.com.

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Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter for longer than two hours because, while the center of the food may remain frozen, the outer surface may enter the Danger Zone, the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees fahrenheit, in which bacteria multiply rapidly. If you’re short on time, use the microwave or you can thaw meat and poultry in airtight packaging in cold water. Change the water every half-hour so it stays cold and use the thawed food immediately.

3. Always use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/fish and cooked foods/fresh produce.

Bacteria from uncooked meat, poultry, and fish can contaminate cooked foods and fresh produce. An important way to reduce this risk is to use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/ fish, and cooked foods/fresh produce.

4. Always cook meat to proper temperatures, using a calibrated instant-read thermometer to make sure.

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* Beef, veal, and lamb (steaks and roasts), fish - 145 degrees fahrenheit

* Pork and ground beef - 160 degrees fahrenheit

* Poultry - 165 degrees fahrenheit.

Cook meats like roasts and steaks to lower temperatures, closer to medium-rare, so that they retain their moisture. It is recommended that those who are at high risk for developing food-borne illness (i.e. pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborns, young children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems, or certain chronic illnesses) should follow the USDA guidelines.

5. Avoid unpasteurized/raw milk and cheeses made from unpasteurized milk that are aged less than 60 days.

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You can pick up a lot of bacteria out in the world, so it’s important to always wash your hands before you eat or prepare food. You should also wash your hands after touching any uncooked meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, as the bacteria from these foods can contaminate cooked foods and fresh produce. Use soap and warm water and wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

8. Always heat leftover foods to 165 degrees fahrenheit.

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If you leave perishable foods out of the refrigerator or freezer for more than two hours they may enter the Danger Zone—the unsafe temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, in which bacteria multiply rapidly.

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