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120105 – Bread Pudding

I wanted to take a picture of the pudding plated, but it smelled and tasted so good that it was gone before I had a chance.  I combined two great bread pudding recipes – one from Simply Recipes and one from Gourmet – to make this amazing dessert.


  • 1 baguette (homemade is best)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 cups milk (I used 1 cup skim and 2 cups plain soy milk)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2/3 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped mixed dried fruit such as raisins and apricots


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
  2. Cut enough 1-inch pieces from baguette to measure about 5-6 cups.
  3. Stir together eggs, butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Then whisk in cream, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Add bread and soak, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, boil brandy and water with dried fruits in a small heavy saucepan until liquid is reduced to about 2 Tbsp, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  6. Stir fruit mixture into bread mixture, then transfer to a 2 Quart baking dish. Bake until custard is set and bread is golden in places, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool slightly before serving.

090816 – baby bubble tea
090816, 10:41 pm
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Bubble Tea

This was refreshing to drink on a hot, humid, August afternoon.  I am a BIG fan of bubble tea.  I usually have to shell out about $5.00 on a ‘small’ to get my fix.  I have always wanted to learn to make my own…

My mother in law happened to have small tapioca pearls on hand, so i gave it a try.  I ended up making enough for all 5 of us.  First i tried shaking the milk and tea with ice, then i tried a blended version.  I have had both in Asian cafe’s before, but usually like the frozen/ blended version better.  The key to success i learned while making it is to use MORE SUGAR.  The black tea was a really nice pick-me-up in the afternoon. If you are using large tapioca pearls, make sure you buy big straws to eat them with!

  • 7 bags of black tea
  • skim milk
  • small bottle sugar syrup (like the kind used in coffee drinks – i used raspberry)
  • 1 C tapioca pearls (traditionally the large kind, though small works too)
  • ice
  1. Make the tea (1 bag per 6 oz water), add 1 C sugar syrup while the tea is still hot, and refrigerate.
  2. bring 4 C water to boil, and add tapioca pearls. boil for 25 minutes, remove from heat, and let sit for 25 more minutes.
  3. When the tapioca is finished, rinse and drain (or strain small pearls) with cool water.  Put about 2 T in each glass.
  4. combine 1 C tea with 1 C milk and some ice cubes in a blender, and mix until frothy and frosty.
  5. Stir a couple teaspoons of tea into the glass with tapioca pearls to loosen them up, then pour in blended tea.  Serve with a straw.