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White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding

3 Feb
Raspberries

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What more could you ask for? White chocolate and raspberries added to one of the best comfort foods ever, bread pudding. I am sure this will be one of those desserts that you will unashamedly hide  in the nearest dark closet with a flash light to eat.

  • 8 ounces French bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 c. milk (do not use low-fat or non-fat)
  • 3 c.  heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 18 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 c. frozen raspberries
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 275°F. Arrange bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake until light golden and dry, about 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to rack; cool completely. Increase oven temperature to 350°F.

2.  Combine 3 cups whipping cream, 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar in heavy large saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 10 ounces white chocolate (about 1 3/4 cups) and stir until melted and smooth. Whisk yolks and eggs in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in warm chocolate mixture.

3.  Place bread cubes in 2-quart glass baking dish, along with frozen raspberries.  Add half of chocolate mixture. Press bread cubes into chocolate mixture. Let stand 15 minutes. Fold  in remaining chocolate mix. Cover dish with foil.

4.  Bake pudding 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown, 10 – 15 minutes. Transfer pudding to rack and cool slightly.

5. Bring remaining 1/2 cup cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove saucepan from heat. Add remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.

Serve pudding warm with warm white chocolate sauce.

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Herbed Shrimp with Wild Rice

30 Jan
Cooked wild rice.

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I love shrimp and so does my daughter.  I also love wild rice, now that I am older, I believe it is an acquired taste and it reminds me of Minnesota.  This is a dish I found in a little cookbook from “The First Christian Church” in Duncanville, Tx., from the year 1974.  I love old church and community cookbooks, they have the best home cooked recipes.

  • 2 lb. raw shrimp
  • wild rice
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 c. sliced celery
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice

Shell and devein shrimp.  In large skillet, sauté mushrooms in melted butter for 2 minutes.  Add celery and tomatoes and sauté 1 minute longer.  Remove and push to one side.  Mix seasonings together, add shrimp and sprinkle with seasonings.  Saute shrimp, stirring, 2 minutes.  Add lemon juice, combine shrimp and vegetables.  Cover and simmer 5 minutes.  Serve over wild rice.  Serves 4-6.


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