Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Cooking Countdown 9 Days to Christmas-Ina Garten's French Toast Bread Pudding

Mom has been doing a lot of last minute Holiday knitting and we have been helping:

Thanks to a really easy Ina Garten recipe she still managed to make a nice weekend breakfast on Sunday.  This is a great recipe for the Holidays since even though it takes a while to cook, its unattended almost the entire time.

Ina Garten's French Toast Bread Pudding

1 loaf Challah bread
5 cups half and half or milk
8 eggs
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
zest of orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350.  Slice the bread in one inch thick slices and place them in a baking dish that accommodates it in one layerWhisk the milk and eggs together in a large bowlAdd the honey or maple syrup, orange zest, extract and salt and whisk again.  Pour over the bread and let sit for ten minutesCover the pan tightly in foil and two slits on the top so steam can escape.  Place the baking pan in a larger roasting pan and add very hot tap water to the roasting pan so it comes half way up the sides of the baking dish.  Bake 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake 40-45 minutes more.  Serve with confectioners sugar and or maple syrup.  (You could easily change the recipe with different breads or by adding fruit or nuts or other flavorings).

I'm cheating and adding a color picture o black and white Sunday because I like the colors on Weasley's sweater from Archie's mom Melissa at Pug Notes


  1. We know mum could never get her knitting done without your help. You are invaluable. Have a super Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. As a crocheting Blankeer for Project Linus, I know first hand just how much help a couple pets can be! LOLOLOLOLOL! Happy Sunday.

  3. Woof! Woof! I can see that you guys are having so much fun helping mom. Enjoy your Black n white Sunday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. Yum!!!

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  5. Mmmm, we could eat that right now!
    Melissa makes some lovely sweaters, doens't she.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  6. With all that help, you're sure to get all your knitting done. You are killing me with this series. I love both french toast and bread pudding!

  7. OMD, your Mom Knit'z and Cook'z..I dunno if I would wear the knit'z though BOL, why do Humoms knit for every member of the family..BOL..Just send that pudding my way.Yummy xxoxx
    Mollie and Alfie

  8. You look exhausted from all that "helping"

  9. Ina's recipe sounds yummy. I have to laugh at Weasley's pose, he reminds me of Fred. hehe I just love his sweater, it looks so Christmassy!

  10. BOL, Hilarious. We love the crocheted sweaters
    Benny & Lily

  11. Mom can't knit but she does crochet & I help her with that...She made me a sweater last year & I like it a lot but don't get to wear it much cause it doesn't get that cold here...Your sweater is really cute! *snoogles*

  12. I really like Ina's recipes, but Giada has a great baked french toast recipe with blueberries that is yummy too.