Silly snafus must run in my family. And this impromptu weeknight dessert showcases that perfectly. Here’s the story. My parents invited us over for dinner last night. When we got there, they had a yummy dinner in the works and asked me to make some garlic bread. They handed over a baguette and all the fixings, but when I started working on the baguette, it was completely stale and dried out (snafu #1). To give you an idea of how bad it was, my dad decided he could snack on some of the dried pieces with a bit of cheese but I think he almost broke a tooth (which I guess could be snafu #2?). Earlier in the night my mom had confessed that she didn’t have anything for dessert, so I decided I could turn that dried out bread into bread pudding!
So I scavenged around in her kitchen and pulled out some milk, eggs, triple sec, vanilla, sugar, caramels leftover from Thanksgiving, and whiskey. I chopped the bread into small cubes (which, by the way, is way easier with a serrated knife). Then I whisked together 2 cups of milk, 2 eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla, 1/2 cup of sugar, and a splash of triple sec. Spread the bread cubes out in a buttered baking dish and pour the liquid over. Bake for 25 minutes at 350.
While we were eating dinner, we realized that it wouldn’t really be bread pudding without a sauce, so then I remembered the caramels. $1.25 suggested a whiskey caramel sauce, so I got to work. I have no clue how many caramels we had, so you’ll have to improvise…when they were peeled it was a big handful, does that help? I melted the caramels down in a double boiler with a splash of milk. Once they melted, we added probably about 1/3 cup of whiskey. You’ll probably want to add it a little bit at a time depending on how many caramels you have. BTW, we had WAY too much sauce (snafu #3?), but give me some credit, I was winging it and my original goal was garlic bread!
You’re probably wondering what my big snafu was, considering I just told you about my creative solution to the stale bread. Well, snafu #4 (or wherever we are in the counting) came when I got the bright idea to blog about the whole thing. You already know I tend to have more “technical difficulties” than most. Last night I took that to a whole new level when I tried to use the Word Press App on my iPhone and ended up posting a couple of pictures of the bread pudding LIVE to the blog, without any explanation or anything. Just some random bready pictures for your viewing pleasure. If you happened to get that post, sorry bout that! $1.25 rescued me this morning and pulled them down. Now they’re in their rightful place in the post where they belong, surrounded by words and explanations like they deserve. See, this bread pudding was just a big cluster…from start to finish.
But, speaking of the bread pudding, it was really good! I’m very proud of myself for swooping in to resuscitate the baguette to give it a new purpose in life. And for the record, I think everyone enjoyed it more than they would have enjoyed the garlic bread. Just goes to show what a little flexibility and creativity can offer in the kitchen…oh and it helps to have a well stocked pantry. Garlic bread turned bread pudding!