Gooey Chocolate Bread Pudding

There was not another name I could think of to name this dessert. Soft croissants soak up the egg custard mixture and the three kinds of chocolate chips. So good and ooey gooey chocolaty.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 10 ounce package of croissants (I used all but 3 from the box) from your store bakery, cut into cubes

1 cup milk, I recommend whole milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup white chocolate morsels

1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

4 large eggs beaten, or 1 cup egg substitute

1/4 cup chocolate sauce, warm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut croissants into small cubes. Place croissants in a large bowl. Set aside. Pour milk into a microwave safe bowl (I used a glass measuring cup) and microwave for 60 seconds until very warm. Add sugar and white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips to warm milk and blend well. Whisk eggs into milk mixture. Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips on top of croissants.

Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips on top of croissants. Bake 40-45 minutes until liquid is absorbed and custard is not runny. Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce right after the bread pudding comes out of the oven. Cut, serve and enjoy! Can be served with whipped cream or ice cream. Or both! 😉.

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Classic French Toast

French Toast is my very favorite thing to have for breakfast. I have several French Toast recipes on my blog but not the original, the recipe my kids grew up on. When I make French Toast, I make an entire loaf or more. Leftover French Toast (if there is any!) can be easily frozen and reheated whenever you wish. This is great for school mornings or a quick weekend break/brunch.

Ingredients:

5 eggs

2 egg yolks

1 cup of heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon, optional

1 loaf of your favorite bakery bread, I used sourdough but brioche or challah bread is great too (day old or stale is best)

Powdered sugar, heated maple syrup, optional

Mix eggs, egg yolks, heavy cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon (if you are adding it) in a large shallow bowl. Whisk well. Prepare pan/griddle with Pam, butter or oil, your choice. Dip bread in egg mixture and make sure it’s completely covered in egg custard mixture. Place on griddle/pan and cook each side until golden brown. Add butter, powdered sugar, syrup or whatever you desire. My boys say I make the best French Toast on the planet. As a side note, I have made this recipe twice and shared it with two of my sons. They still love it. Enjoy!

Four Ingredient Appetizer

Nothing better than a quick easy recipe with few ingredients. This appetizer probably takes you longer to go to the store and buy the ingredients than it actually takes to make it. I saw this recipe on the Today Show, it was from Dylan Dreyer. What a great hostess gift to your dinner hostess. It’s so hard to guess what wine is preferred, arrive with a delicious treat. Win win!

Ingredients:

1 loaf of baguette bread

1 container Allouette cheese spread, I used garlic and herb

Deli sliced roast beef

Red fancy pimentos

The 4 ingredients

I toasted my bread, it’s not necessary. You can put the bread on a cookie sheet and broil it or use your toaster. Spread a generous smear of your cheese spread on the bread. Place roast beef on top of cheese and top with pimento. Easy peasy and delicious. Enjoy!

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

I love Caesar Salad. I also love pasta salad. I thought I would combine them and the flavor is incredible. Perfect for a side dish, but also perfect for a main course in these hot summer months.

Ingredients:

1 pound Pasta, I used large elbows but any shape will do

3.5 ounce jar of capers

7 ounce jar chopped red pimentos, drained

3-4 green onions, sliced thin

1 cup of celery, diced

2 large cooked chicken breasts, shredded (I used a Sam’s Club rotisserie chicken)

2 cups finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Salad Supreme or Paprika for garnish, optional

Dressing:

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 -3/4 cup Caesar Salad dressing ( I used Kens)

Boil pasta according to the directions on the box. Once it’s cooked, drain and run pasta under cold water. Once pasta is drained and cooled, add to a large bowl. Mix in capers, pimentos, onion, celery, shredded chicken and Parmesan cheese.

In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise and Caesar Salad Dressing. Once combined, mix and incorporate into pasta salad. Enjoy!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

My friend Lizz, usually comes to Tampa to visit in July. When she does, I always celebrate her birthday. This year I threw her a flamingo party. She had no idea, I just told her to wear something flamingos. I created these Pink Lemonade Cupcakes to celebrate this year. The frosting had to be pink to match the flamingos. These cupcakes are super moist, light flavored with lemon, they are not pungent. The cream cheese frosting adds a light creamy taste to these wonderful cupcakes.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1/2 cup water

Lemon curd, jar or homemade

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined.

In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla extract and lemon extract. Combine liquids. Combine wet ingredients (except the water) to the dry ingredients and mix till combined. On low speed, slowly add the water to the batter. Scrape your mixing bowl to make sure everything is combined. Batter is thin but that’s what makes it so moist and yummy. Fill cupcake liners to about half full. Bake 16 minutes or until toothpick comes out with crumbs. Do not overbake. Cool completely to fill and frost.

I am going to be honest, I used store bought lemon curd in the jar. I have made it before and since this recipe uses so little jar is just fine. I found jar lemon curd in the jam/jelly section of the grocery store.

To fill cupcakes, I used a piping tip to make a hole. I filled the hole with the lemon curd and covered the hole with the top I cut out of the cupcake. It doesn’t have to be pretty because you are going to frost the top of the cupcake.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8 ounce block cream cheese, chilled

1 stick butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Red or pink food coloring, optional

1 pound of powdered sugar

Combine cold cream cheese and room temperature butter. I use cold cream cheese to keep the frosting stiff for the cupcakes. The frosting gets very soft when adding drops of food coloring. However, if you choose not to add food coloring, you would have lemonade cupcakes which is just as delicious. Combine with one pound powdered sugar. I used a 1M tip to pipe the cupcakes. Yields 12-13 cupcakes, recipe can be doubled. Enjoy!

Quiche Danielle

I named this quiche after my daughter in love Danielle because I created it for her and she told me that it was her favorite thing I have made for dinner. This quiche is vegetarian, I used organic ingredients. She loved it and my son and I did too.

Ingredients:

1 8 ounce container sliced white mushrooms

3 cups of spinach leaves

1 medium onion, sliced

2 teaspoons sugar, optional

4-6 ounces of Swiss Cheese, grated

3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

3 Tablespoons butter, divided

4 eggs, plus 1 yolk

1 cup of heavy cream

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a quiche pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a skillet, melt 1 Tablespoon of butter with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté mushrooms until soft and cooked. Set aside. Repeat oil and olive oil with spinach. Cook until wilted. Melt last Tablespoon of butter and olive oil and add sliced onions. I also added 2 teaspoons of sugar to caramelize the onions, not mandatory but I added it. Set aside. It’s fine and I prefer letting the ingredients cool before then custard mixture is poured over them.

In your quiche pan, layer mushrooms first. Add spinach next, finishing with the caramelized onions.

In a blender, add 4 eggs plus 1 yolk, heavy cream, salt, pepper and mustard. Blend until all ingredients are combined. Pour over mushrooms, spinach and onions. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until firm, not jiggly in the center. Enjoy!

Seven Deadly Sins Bars

There a so many things I could have called this recipe. The Lazy Recipe, for the most part, no measuring (yay!), The Breakup Dessert (guaranteed to make you feel better after a breakup) or Satisfy All Your Cravings Bars. These bars are quick and easy to make and are delicious. The perfect salty and sweet combination.

Layers 1 and 2

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of pretzel sticks

1 stick butter, melted

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

1 bag toffee bits

1 bag peanut butter chips

1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped

lightly crushed potato chips

1 bag white chocolate chips

1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

Later 3

Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil. I used nonstick foil but you can also use regular foil, just spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Let the foil hang out over the edge so it can be lifted from the pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor or blender, crush the pretzels in to crumbs. Add sugar and melted butter. Press pretzel crumbs on top of foil to form the bottom crust.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of pretzel crust. I used about half a bag.

Next, sprinkle toffee bits on top of of chocolate chips. I used about half of a bag.

Layer 4 and 5

I sprinkled a half bag of white chocolate chips on top of the toffee bits and then I sprinkled peanuts on top of the white chocolate chips.

Layer 6

Layer 7

I covered the peanuts with a half bag of peanut butter chips and the last layer was crushed potato chips. The glue that binds everything together is the sweetened condensed milk. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the chips. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Lift out of pan and cut into squares. Enjoy!