Christine is the lucky winner of the book Little Flower: Recipes from the Café. Thank you to everyone who left a comment on this post!
After reading a Wall Street Journal review of Little Flower: Recipes from the Café, making something from Christine Moore's newly-released cookbook was paramount for me. From what I read, I was already in love with the book. I found this recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Salty Caramel Sauce online through LA Weekly, which also had a stellar review of the book (read review here). I quickly got to work making the bread pudding, and let me just say, my husband and daughter are crazy for this! Silly me... I halved the recipe, thinking the size was far too large for 2 or 3 people. After giving a big portion to my neighbor this morning, there is nothing left, to our dismay. Think Thanksgiving dessert! I would happily replace my favorite pumpkin pie with this bread pudding. And every recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dessert in this book sounds that good.
I feel very fortunate to be able to give a copy of Little Flower: Recipes from the Café to a reader of LivingTastefully. All you need to do to be entered into the drawing, is leave a comment -- all viewers outside of the U.S. included! You will have through midnight October 12 to enter. A winner will be chosen the following day and announced through this post.
recipe from Little Flower: Recipes from the Café by Christine Moore
• 8 cups day-old crusty bread, cut into 2-inch cubes
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
• 2 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
• 1 cup milk
• 1 cup sugar
• 4 large eggs
• 2 egg yolks
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon allspice
• 1/8 teaspoon cloves
• 1/4 pound (about 1 cup) Little Flower or other high-quality sea salt caramels
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until bread starts to color, about 15 minutes. Generously grease a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole with butter or cooking spray. Arrange toasted bread cubes in a single layer in the prepared casserole. Whisk together the pumpkin, 2 cups cream, milk, sugar, eggs, egg yolks, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Strain the custard through a sieve before pouring into prepared casserole. Let soak for 15 minutes. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the cover and return to the oven to bake until custard is set, about 25 more minutes.
2. When the pudding is almost finished baking, melt the caramel with the remaining 1/2 cup of cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat when caramel has completely melted. Pour caramel sauce over the pudding immediately after it comes out of the oven.
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10/7/2012 11:12:40 pm
Wow, Eileen, this doesn't just speak to me, it sings to me. I always have a lot of pureed pumpkin in the freezer from my garden and I love bread pudding, and then there's the caramel sauce. Hot dang, this is the perfect Vashon Island fall dessert, at least as far as I'm concerned. Merci!
10/7/2012 11:37:43 pm
I am rushing out today to buy the ingredients to make this. It sounds heavenly!
10/8/2012 12:21:04 am
Love your blog!
10/8/2012 12:38:22 am
I usually don't enter giveaways, but am feeling lucky today!
10/8/2012 01:15:05 am
Wonderful pudding and pica!
10/8/2012 01:21:31 am
I'm running to my kitchen right now to make this bread pudding... looks amazing!
10/8/2012 02:09:43 am
This looks delicious. I can't wait to make it. I love your blog!
10/8/2012 08:15:58 am
I've heard about Little Flower Candy Co. for years and always wanted to visit. The pumpkin recipe looks great!
10/8/2012 10:20:06 am
I will definitely be making this dish during the holidays. Thanks!
10/8/2012 11:38:58 am
Your copper pan really highlights the fall colors of this dessert. As a former watercolorist I love, love, love your artistic eye. Never heard of Little Flower... I will check out the link. I'm glad you included a few wrapped salted caramels in the last shot. It shows great restraint... if it were my post there wouldn't be any leftovers :P
10/8/2012 12:48:31 pm
I would love to win a copy of this book! This recipe looks perfect for thanksgiving!
Fay Isabella Flores
10/8/2012 04:04:33 pm
Yummy Yum! What a wonderful dessert for the Thanksgiving Holiday! I would love to win a copy of "Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe" and go on a Dessert Blitz -- one little dessert step at a time. As I said, "Yummy Yum!"
10/9/2012 01:41:34 am
Wow, that looks amazing. Definitely a delicious fall dessert!
10/9/2012 04:44:29 am
One question: do use a baguette for your crusty bread? Do you leave the crusts on? I guess that was two questions. . .
10/9/2012 05:33:33 am
Holly -- Yes, I did use a baguette (recipe for my no-knead baguettes in Passions to Pastry's recipe index), and I did leave my crusts on. I'd say, do it whatever way you prefer. I always leave my crusts on for bread puddings and stratas.
10/12/2012 05:43:39 am
Just discovered your blog. :-) I'm not normally into pumpkin, but this sounds delicious! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I've been searching for amazing pumpkin recipes to try and sway my tastebuds...and others as well! Can't wait to try this!
10/15/2013 08:01:19 am
This recipe sounds wonderful. As with other bread pudding recipes, I will use the pan bread from Cecil's Deli. on Cleveland Ave.
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