One of my Favorite flavors of the Holiday Season is Peppermint. Peppermint in Coffee, Cookies, Candy canes, it’s everywhere.
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My favorite Peppermint treat is Peppermint Bark. You can make it so many ways with so many different combinations of ingredients. This is my recipe using Almond bark instead of chocolate chips. I like almond bark because of the smooth consistency and ease of melting. You can use your favorite chocolate if you want. If the Almond bark or Chocolate are not smooth when melting add 1 tsp of vegetable oil to smooth it out.
One of my favorite recipes for the winter season is Bread Pudding. There is something about the warm comfort of a rich bowl of Bread pudding that makes a cold winters day exceptional.
Caramel Bread Pudding Recipe from H&P Artistry
My family likes this Caramel version so much that I did not even get a chance to take a picture of the final result. Seriously, I was so super mad, but I was also proud of the recipe and that everyone liked it so much.
This is one of those recipes that you make when you know someone needs a hug. Yes, I said it, this is the food equivalent of a bear hug. It warms you from the inside out. You are happy to sit, smell the vanilla sauce and melted caramel, and just be present. For an added kick and crunch add slivered almonds to the top 5 minutes before you take the pudding out of the oven. The almonds brown and add a depth to the dish.
You can substitute chocolate chips or raisins for the caramel.
The most important steps in a well made bread pudding are:
Use a good bread and leave it out to get stale. Fresh bread does not absorb the liquid well and stale bread does.
Mix the liquid ingredients until they are frothy and fold the mixture into the bread to be sure that all of the bread is coated well.
Mix a second time (carefully) before baking to reincorporate the caramel chips.
Let the mixture rest in the refrigerator over night. This allows the bread enough time to absorb every bit of liquid.
Use Day old bread.
Cube bread and add it to a large baking dish
Mix together liquid ingredients, sugars, Pumpkin spice and eggs with an electric mixer. Add mixture to the Bread and mix in Caramel chips.
For best results let the liquid absorb overnight. (8-10 hours)
The next day (8 - 10 hours later)
Stir the mixture to reincorporate the ingredients.
Bake at 375* for 40 -50 minutes or until golden brown.
Bring all ingredients except vanilla to a full boil for 5 - 8 minutes then add the vanilla.