I need to take my mind off current events, as its given me a huge headache. So, let's cook.
I really, really, like bread pudding. Here's a new recipe I found this morning.
Sinful Bread Pudding
Adapted from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
+ 6 cups baguette or ciabatta, cut or torn into 1-inch chunks
+ 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing
+ 2 cups half-and-half
+ 3/4 cup maple syrup
+ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
+ a pinch of salt
+ 3 tablespoons rum or whiskey
+ 4 eggs
+ 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Over low heat in a small saucepan butter,
half and half, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and liquor until the butter
just melts. In the meantime, butter an 8x8 baking dish or a casserole
that fits 1.5 quarts.
2. Put bread pieces into casserole and pour the slightly cooled milk
mixture on top. Let sit for a few minutes, submerging any pieces of
bread that rise to the top.
Beat the eggs lightly, and pour over the bread mixture along with the
chocolate chips. Stir gently, being careful not to tear up too many of
the bread pieces.
4. Bake for 45 minutes. The center will be a little wobbly still, but it will set as it cools. Serve warm.