Monday, July 16, 2012

{What's Cookin'?} Peaches & Cream Bread Pudding

We were so blessed this weekend to have Nick’s parents in town for a visit. Charlie was over the moon excited about having Grammy and Grandpa here, playing games, going swimming at their hotel pool and getting extra lovin’ and extra treats. Nick and I were so thankful to get not one but two little dates out this weekend while they stayed with the girls. A Saturday afternoon road bike ride (I haven’t been on my bike since before I was pregnant with Charlie and felt so uncoordinated) and Sunday afternoon at an art festival and with a little thrifting thrown in. 

For Sunday morning breakfast I made a new recipe, Peaches and Cream Bread Pudding. I found the recipe here and tweaked it to my liking. It turned out so tasty with fresh peaches and just the right amount of sweet. This was a great breakfast for a busy Sunday morning before church since it is assembled the night before and just baked in the morning. This breakfast dish feels like something special but is so easy you could make it any old day of the week.

1 loaf French bread, sliced (I used 2/3 of a loaf)
8 large eggs
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 fresh peaches, sliced
Scant ¼ cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange bread in a tight, flat layer in dish. 

In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk, sugar and vanilla until blended; pour over bread. Arrange peaches on top and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. 

Remove baking dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour cream into a small pan; bring to a boil over high heat. Whisk continually until thickened, approximately 5 minutes. Drizzle cream over peaches and bake, uncovered, until casserole is lightly browned on top and just cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes.

I'd like to try a healthier version next time and use a whole grain bread. I think this would also work with the sweetener of your choice added to the egg mixture, maybe agave, honey, maple syrup? Also, any stone fruit would be good with this too or berries or cherries or…oh, so many options I will have to try!

What about you friend? Do you have an easy, go-to breakfast that you prepare for guests?

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