Cheap Loner's Bread Pudding
6 tbs butter
1 c brown sugar
1 1/2 c buttermilk (this was all I had, but you can use 1/2 and 1/2, milk, or whipping cream,
depending on your desired creaminess)
2 tsp vanilla
6-7 cups dry/stale bread cut into 1" cubes (cardamom/wheat/white...don't use something tangy
*If you are not using cardamom bread, I would suggest you add 1 tsp cinnamon or 1/2 tsp cardamom depending on your preference of spice (or both for a real whammy)
Preheat oven to 325
Melt butter in saucepan, add brown sugar and cook on medium/low until it becomes carmel-y in color and sugar appears to be melted. Take off heat and whisk in milk and vanilla. Let cool a bit (10 minutes). Whisk eggs in a separate bowl, add caramel milk mixture to eggs and stir. Add dry bread and stir until bread appears to be soaked (I like to smush it all down and really make sure it's soaked). Let sit for about 20 minutes so that bread becomes soft and soaked through.
Bake in your desired baking dish, I used a circular cake pan. I think anything would work, as long as it's not too tall, like a square 10"x10", 2 loaf pans, pie tin, etc. Cook until fork inserted in middle comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes.
And then my cranberry sauce....because I am the only person in my family who really likes it, it is the only thing I actually made and ate for Thanksgiving. The remainder of the afternoon was spent tending tables and scraping the sticky remains of mashedpotatosweetpotatogravy off of hundreds of plates and opening wine bottles with said sticky hands.
Orange you a Cranberry?
1 12-oz bag cranberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup orange juice
1-2 asian pears, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
In a small pan/wok, heat sugar and orange juice until sugar is melted. Add cranberries, cinnamon, and pears and stir occasionally over medium heat until cranberries have popped and sauce becomes thick. Let cool to room temperature and chill.