“To err is human, but it takes technology to really screw things up.”
It’s really nice to find a recipe that’s easy, delicious, and foolproof. That’s when it’s best to try making it in you very own kitchen. Take the Autumn Bread Pudding, which I enjoyed at my friend’s house. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I asked for the recipe. Step one toward making it in my very own kitchen.
And so I blithely put the recipe together. One glitch is that the recipe calls for an 8-ounce baguette and the store where I shopped only sold a 7-ounce baguette. No problem, I thought. The problem came, however, when I tried to fit all of the ingredients into the 8-inch square pan. That was another step in making the dish and serving my friend something edible at tea the next day.
Well, that wasn’t going to happen. I don’t mean the part about serving something edible. I mean the part about fitting all the ingredients into an 8-inch square pan, which I went out and purchased especially for the occasion. Who, or whom, you might ask (I always get those two mixed up) doesn’t have an 8-inch square baking pan in the house? That would be me.
Anyway, in order to accommodate the volume of ingredients I found it necessary to pour everything into a 9×13 pan, which I happened to have on hand. I planned to pop this elegant concoction into the oven at about 11:00, allowing time for baking and slight cooling before my friend would arrive at 1:00.
Another thought. The cute little slices of bread, pre-baking time, are floating on top of the mixture. They didn’t seem to want to absorb a sufficient amount of egg and half and half combination that would cause them to sink languidly to the bottom of the pan.
One other thought. I really think that this would be better with a brioche type bread. I’m going to try that idea next. I’m on a quest to perfect this recipe. And if the quest takes long enough, fitting ingredients into a pan isn’t going to be the only fitting problem I’ll have to deal with. As my husband says, when he sees a person wearing clothes that fit in a different lifetime, “It looks like they’re trying to put ten pounds of potatoes into a five pound sack.” Well said, my dear.
Loveya -The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.