I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I just love when the family is all together:)
So we had a treat this weekend. We had the AMAZING Anna May come to our house and take family photos.
She is seriously the most talented photographer ever.
She's based out of Louisville, but will travel to capture beautiful moments for your family, or engagement or wedding.
So thank you Anna May Photography for such gorgeous photos!
Look at that little goober:)
Light and shadows with yours truly :)
Alright...now onto a show stopping recipe!
I made this for my family for breakfast on Thanksgiving, but it could also be dessert. :)
Here's the secret: it's actually pretty doggone healthy!
It's made with Gluten and Dairy Free ingredients, and can easily be made sugar-free by subbing agave or honey for the sugar in the recipe!
I call it: Pumpkinut Bread Pudding! (get it -- pumpkin and coconut :) )
Here's what you need:
1 loaf (14 slices) of Udi's gluten free bread
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp salt
1 can of pure pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut milk
sprinkle of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250. Place your bread slices on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes per side, until the bread is dry and toasty.
Turn up the oven to 350.
In a medium sized bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and spices together. Then, stir in your pumpkin and coconut milk. ((This all can be done the night before, and refrigerated overnight.))
About 2 hours before you plan on eating, assemble and bake your bread pudding.
Thoroughly spray a deep casserole dish with coconut oil spray. Spread a layer of the custard mixture on the bottom of the pan.
Break your toast slices in half, and arrange in a shingle pattern in the casserole dish, like so.
Then, spoon the custard over the toast shingles until everything is thoroughly smothered in the custard.
Let the dish sit for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the bread to absorb the custard. (If you let it absorb and soak overnight, the gluten free bread will become gummy.)
Bake for 1 hour - 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the custard sets. Rotate the pan if any dark spots develop.
Before you serve, mix some coconut milk with a dash of cinnamon. You can also add some honey, stevia or sugar if desired to taste.
Also, chop some pecans or other nut of choice for a garnish.
Serve warm, and liberally drizzle with the coconut milk.
OK, you guys. This was a winner.
To be completely transparent, I could not eat this, because I can't have the ingredients in the gluten free bread, but it gave me so much joy to prepare a dish that my family loved. And boy, did they love it! My entire family (G-Free'ers and gluten-full-er's alike) polished it off!
I can attest to the custard and WOW, the flavor was amazing. Rich and creamy, and perfectly sweet -- not too sweet, but juuust right.
And the texture was great. The bread was wonderfully spongey and light. Gluten Free bread can become notoriously gummy when soaked for casseroles or bread puddings. But the trick is to really dry it out, and then soak it shortly RIGHT BEFORE you cook and eat it.
My sister-in-law said that it tasted so light, yet decadent. "Light, airy, comforting, and warm, with soft palate flavors -- not overwhelming at all. SO GOOD!" -- and this is coming from a woman that's NOT gluten free!!
And my dad (also not gluten free) loved the coconut drizzle. He said it made the dish so luxurious and moist. I think he had three helpings ;)
So there you have it, folks - the proof is in the pudding :) hehe
And one last thing -- look at how sweet my bro and his wife are: They know I don't eat turkey for Thanksgiving, so he made me a veggie turkey!! Isn't that so sweet?! And look closely at the feet -- he even used celery tops for the "toes" haha!! I'm a spoiled baby sister :) hehe
Alright, until next time! :D