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Stale bread turned into cinnamon raisin bread and butter pudding

Last week I tried the cinnamon raisin bread recipe from R.L.Beranbaum’s bread bible. I love making and eating her breads so I decided to try her recipe. If you’re looking for an easy recipe, her recipe is not the one for you. It took me 2 whole days and by then I partially lost my appetite for cinnamon raisin bread. I did like the bread, it was soft and tasty but a bit more sugar would make it even tastier. But that is a note for next time.

So of course I could not finish the loaf by myself and I was stuck with half which wasn’t so fresh anymore. And because I hate wasting food I decided to make good use of it and turn it into bread and butter pudding. I loooove bread and butter pudding, it’s just the kind of winter pudding one needs to feel all warm and cozy when it’s cold outside. And the ingredients for this pudding are easy and it can be adjusted to your liking. It’s simply cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar and rum(optional). I cut the leftover bread into cubes and let them dry out overnight. The next day I soak them in the custard mixture and some chocolate bits for an hour. I make sure every cube is soaked into the mixture and top with some demerara sugar to make a crunchy topping. Then it goes into the oven for about 40 minutes on 180 degrees. Make sure to check it once in a while because every oven is a bit different. Just pull it out of the oven once you think it’s done. It should feel firm when you press it with a little bit of a spring to it.For me, tucking into this warm pudding with the custard and chocolate oozing out of it is heaven. It feels like being covered with a warm blanket on a cold night. See my yummy cinnamon raisin (chocolate)bread pudding!

 

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When it’s cold I crave all things cinnamon..

Sometimes when it’s so dark and cold outside I feel a bit nostalgic for the times when my grandma would make bread with cinnamon for all her grandchildren. In those times there were always about 6 to 7 grandkids at her house. And most of the time she would ask us what we wanted to eat and we would all respond with: cinnamon bread. It’s not the kind that most people know and can buy at the store. It is so easy to make but the best thing in the world when I am feeling homesick. My grandmother would use white sandwich bread, spread it generously with butter and cover with white sugar and cinnamon. Then she would either steam it or put it into a sort of contraption. The latter was a metal form which could hold 1 sandwich tightly and she would put it above the stove. After about 7 min the whole kitchen would smell like cinnamon and butter,aaahh. It’s just like being in my grandma’s kitchen again. Anyway this metal form was used in the old days instead of a grill I guess but since I was feeling nostalgic I asked my mom where I can get one.  I believe that sometimes new things don’t automatically mean that they’re better than their predecessor.  So on this particular day I decided to give the cinnamon bread a try, it’s really so easy nothing can go wrong. But I decided to steam them instead of grill. Be careful not to leave them to long or they will turn soggy. Here’s the first one;