Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Bread Puddin

I had leftover rolls/roll bits in the freezer for a loooong time.  I don’t really care to saw how long because it would sound really unappetizing.  A waterpolo potluck came up and I saw a window of opportunity to use this frozen bread!  Bread pudding is delicious, no question about it.  What I love even more is that uses something you could say is ‘past its prime’ and turns it into something so scrumptious you would never know it.

The bread:

thawed out bread

I’m come away from this learning that bread freezes very well.  I tasted a bit just to make sure it wasn’t awful and it tasted like bread.  I actually had to stop myself from eating too much to be honest.  There were a few really dried, fridge tasting bits around the edges and it just ripped those off.

I used a bread pudding recipe that came up when I googled ‘bread pudding’ and modified it a bit.  So based off of the allrecipes.com Bread Pudding II, here’s the ingredients:

  • thawed, frozen bread
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 7 med eggs beaten
  • 2 cups milk (I used SO Delicious coconut milk because that’s what was in the fridge)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Super easy.

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.

eggy, bready

2) Rip up the bread into small pieces and put into a pan.  The original recipe uses an 8×8 square baking pan and I used ~10inch round baking pan.  I figured I had about 1 1/2 times as much bread as the original recipe used so I scaled things accordingly.

3) Drizzle the melted butter over the bread and sprinkle the dried cranberries and chocolate chips on top.

4)Mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the bread in the pan.  Use a fork to poke the bread around to make sure it all gets coated.  I kinda turned them over and it also helped to get some of the cranberries and chocolate mixed in.

5) Bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is springy when poked at.

 

finished product!

Isn’t she a beauty??!  The outside is crispy and tastes more like bread, but you dive into the center and it’s a custardy goodness that melts in your mouth!  It was almost finished at the potluck I went to.  There was just enough for me to eat the rest for breakfast this morning =).  My friend who doesn’t like bread pudding even said it wasn’t so bad.  I’m not sure it took me so long to make this but it’s finally done!  I will definitely be making it again.

close up, smile puddin!

The HEIGHTS

I’ve graduated and still am in Ithaca and there are still restaurants I haven’t been too!  The family came to visit for the holiday weekend and my dad suggested The Heights Cafe & Grille after perusing the interweb.

I may have a new favorite restaurant in Ithaca… Let me show you.

a whopping calamari appetizer and beet salad!

There was also bread, pita, and garlic hummus and we figured two appetizers would be good for four people.  This is the biggest appetizer serving of calamari I have ever been served in my life!  We stupidly asked for more bread right before the apps came out and we couldn’t even touch it we were digging into the calamari so fast.  Couldn’t even finish all the calamari to save room for the rest of the meal.  Not only a giant serving but perfectly crispy calamari with a chunky thousand island-ish tartar sauce.

Oh yeah, and the entrees came with salads choice of arugala or cesear.  I knew there was something missing in my pictures…  The portions were pretty generous with those as well.  Lots of dressing though.

The mains were as follows:

braised short ribs

burger

branzino

scallops with gnocchi

The scallops and gnocchi were to die for!  My mom who ‘doesn’t like gnocchi’ was a fan of the delectably soft potato dumplings and the scallops were just like scallops should taste: sweet and buttery.

Branzino was also good.  Not like the most amazing fish I have ever tasted but nothing to complain about.  Is it sad that I now think of the new Spiderman movie where Gwen Stacie’s mom makes branzino for dinner with Peter comes over to her fancy NYC apartment for dinner?  She did say it about a thousand times “My mom’s making branzino for dinner, braaannzino.”

Burger delicious and also giant.  There seems to be a theme here for the portions.

Spare ribs were also good, but I feel like there could have been more flavor incorporated into the meat.  It just be that I’m used to calbi when it comes to spare ribs?  I was slightly underwhelmed nonetheless.

Last but not least, desssert!

chocolate souffle with a frozen berry terrine

On the menu with entrees there was a little blurb that mentioned that the chocolate souffle had to be ordered with the entrees for there to be enough time to bake.  So we foolishly thought that that was the only dessert and ordered two to split.  Well, there were other desserts on their dessert menu but the chocolate souffle was delicious and the frozen berry terrine was cool.  I liked the figs most in the terrine and I think it’s my first terrine ever!

I have to mention the coffee though.  Instead of just the cream and sugar that usually comes with coffee there was a whole plate of rock sugar on a stick, cinnamon sticks, mini chocolate chips, raw sugar, and whipped cream to add into your coffee…  It was the most amazing coffee service ever and they didn’t even charge it since only my mom ordered it.

The website says it’s casual and it’s the most casual fine dining type place I’ve been to.  There are back servers and servers and the decor is elegant and understated.  The portions though were waaaaaaay bigger than I was expecting at a fine dining type place.  Someone at the table next to us ordered the steak and it was a giant pile of meat.  It might have been the way they cut it up and piled it onto the plate but it looked huge.

The prices were also more on the fine dining end but not ridiculous.  The burger was the cheapest entree at $19 but my big teen brother didn’t even finish it.  It was so much food we had leftovers which are now sitting in my fridge :).

Note to self, maybe order one appetizer for four people since there’s the bread and salad before the entree and there is more dessert than just the souffle.  Oh, and also order coffee even though I don’t really drink coffee but they give you so much stuff to add it is amazing.  If there’s one thing I can assure you, it’s that I will definitely be coming back to the Heights!