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Karl’s Bread Pudding

I had been planning to make cheese fondue for a Sunday dinner when Daughter Miriam begged off at the last minute. While I had not yet grated the cheese, I was left with a whole loaf of French bread cut into little cubes. I needed to think of something to do with these, if I was not going to dip them into melted cheese sauce. I could make salad croutons, a cheese strada, or bread pudding. Wife Jan is very fond of bread pudding.

Karl’s Bread Pudding

Karl’s Bread Pudding
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Note: While none of us children copied down her recipe, this close to what my mother Claudia would have made as I was growing up.

Karl’s Bread Pudding

Ingredients

4 eggs
1 cup half and half cream
2 Tbs. butter, melted
2 Tbs. Karl’s Orange Infused Sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. nutmeg, fresh grated
½ tsp. kosher salt
Pinch cloves, ground

1 loaf French bread, cubed
½ cup currents

Directions

1. Put the eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk them lightly.

2. Whisk in the cream and melted butter into the eggs.

Tip: The butter will most likely congeal into little lumps, but do not be concerned with this.

3. Add the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, salt, and cloves.

4. Whisk to mix the ingredients.

5. Add the bread cubes and currents.

6. Fold the bread and fruit into the wet ingredients.

Note: This mixture will be really wet. This is as it should be.

7. Pour the pudding mix into a Pam-ed, or buttered, casserole dish that is large enough to take all of the pudding.

Tip: You want at least a quarter of an inch between the top of the pudding and the lip of the casserole. Otherwise, it might spill over onto your oven as it bakes. I always bake with a large baking tray on the lower rack to catch any drips.  It is easier to clean a baking tray than a whole oven.

8. Let the pudding stand for ten to 15 minutes.

Tip: This rest allows the bread and almond meal to absorb some of the excess liquid.

Note: My mother would usually prepare the dish to this point the night before and let it soak, covered, overnight.

9. Cover the casserole with the lid—if it has one—or with aluminum foil.

10. Preheat the oven to 350° F

11. Put the bread pudding in oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Tip: Until the center no longer jiggles loosely, but it is still not completely set.

12. Remove the foil and switch the oven to broil—still at 350° F.

13. Broil for another 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

14. Let the pudding cool for ten minutes and scoop out to serve warm or chill completely and serve as slices.

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Karl’s Blueberry Pecan Pancakes for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making instant meals for her group. Last year, I made three camp meals—saag pilau, za’atar orzo, and pancakes. This year I added two more—mashed potatoes and tabbouleh. My pancake recipe went over very well with the Burners last year, but I simply cannot leave well-enough alone—I had to add something extra this year, pecans.

Karl’s Blueberry Pecan Pancakes for Burning Man

Karl’s Blueberry Pecan Pancakes for Burning Man

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Karl’s Country Eggs Benedict

Since I discovered a decent canned version of Hollandaise sauce, I have been making Eggs Benedict at least once a week. While I love the version that is sold in most restaurants, I am constantly tinkering with the recipe. Today, my wife Jan wanted pancakes for breakfast, but I wanted eggs Benedict—and a new variation was born.

Karl’s Country Eggs Benedict

Karl’s Country Eggs Benedict

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Diner Eggs Benedict

Since I discovered a decent canned version of Hollandaise sauce, I have been making Eggs Benedict at least once a week. As I was posting my latest variation of this famous dish I wanted to link to my posting of the recipe, I discovered that I had never posted the recipe. I cannot really call it “Karl’s” recipe, because this is what you will get from many restaurants for about $10.

Diner Eggs Benedict

Diner Eggs Benedict

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Karl’s Eggs Benjamin

Since I discovered a decent canned version of Hollandaise sauce, I have been making Eggs Benedict at least once a week. To keep myself interested, I have also make several variations—1, 2 and 3. This morning my wife had picked up some bagels for breakfast. While normally this would result in lox, cream cheese, and a bagel, I wondered if I could add an egg and Hollandaise? While the thicker half bagel was a bit harder to cut up—than an English muffin—it worked quite well.

Karl’s Eggs Benjamin

Karl’s Eggs Benjamin

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Karl’s Thai Curried Deviled Egg

I frequently make deviled eggs for my wife Jan’s Ethno Breakfast. I try to keep things interesting—for me—by creating a new recipe each time I do this. This is a risky business, as not all new creations are successful—some experiments are simply not something to put into someone else’s mouth.

Karl’s Thai Curried Deviled Egg

Karl’s Thai Curried Deviled Egg

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Karl’s Cinnamon Pecan Pancake Bread

Wife Jan heard about Trader Joe’s pancake bread and asked me to get some. She found that it was far too sweet for her. I knew I could make something more to her liking.

Karl’s Cinnamon Pecan Pancake Bread

Karl’s Cinnamon Pecan Pancake Bread

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Karl’s Breakfast Pan Quiche

I made mini quiches for wife Jan’s Ethnobreakfast. Since I had never done this before, I was unsure how much of the egg mixture I would need to fill the mini muffin cups. I whipped up a dozen eggs, but found out that I only need to use ten. This left me with two eggs worth of my egg mixture. I decided to use it for my own breakfast.

Karl’s Breakfast Pan Quiche

Karl’s Breakfast Pan Quiche

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Karl’s Mini Quiches

Wife Jan is hosting Ethnobreakfast again and I am getting tired of endless variations of deviled eggs. Recently, I have discovered how to make the perfect short crust. Mini quiches came to mind as something new and different to experiment with. She is expecting 20 people to physically show up—some Skype into the meeting—so that means making at least 40 quiches.

Karl’s Mini Quiches

Karl’s Mini Quiches

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Karl’s “Don’t Tell My Wife” Benedict

Note: The is a sinful, unhealthy breakfast, definitely not an every day breakfast—or even every week—but it is so tasty.

My wife will not eat bacon as being “too fatty”—although she will sometimes eat a slice of Canadian bacon. I have been making her  California benedicts lately, but this morning I only one English muffin and  I was out of Canadian bacon. I made her a fairly healthy breakfast avocado toast, for myself  I went a bit more old school.

Karl’s “Don’t Tell My Wife” Benedict

Karl’s “Don’t Tell My Wife” Benedict

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