Pecan, Bourbon and Butterscotch Bread Pudding

I had this dessert a couple of days ago and it was soooo good!  I may make it for Thanksgiving.

Find the recipe HERE

Butterscotch sauce:

  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)

Pudding:

  • 1 pound day-old rustic white bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/2" cubes (12 cups) (I used Challah bread and just tore it into little pieces and did not remove the crust.)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups pecan pieces

For butterscotch sauce:
Bring brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking to dissolve sugar. Boil until mixture is syrupy and measures 1 1/3 cups, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; add cream and bourbon, if desired, and stir until smooth. Let cool. DO AHEAD: Can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool completely, cover, and chill. Rewarm before serving.

For pudding:
Toss bread, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar in another large bowl until pale yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add cream, poppy seeds, and salt; beat to blend. Place bourbon in a small bowl; scrape in seeds from vanilla bean (reserve bean for another use). Whisk to distribute seeds, then add to egg mixture, whisking to blend well. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture in bowl. Add pecans and toss to coat well. Transfer mixture to a 13x9x2" glass or ceramic baking dish, spreading out in an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove plastic wrap and bake until top is browned in spots and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours. Serve bread pudding with butterscotch sauce.

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6376 Alamo, Clayton MO COMING SOON

Hurry, as you have heard, Clayton is hot! This home will go quickly! Lovely, well-maintained 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home in the popular Hi-Pointe Demun neighborhood.  The main floor has a generous open feel with beautiful wood floors and lots of windows.  The Living Room has a wood-burning fireplace with lovely stained-glass windows on each side. Recently remodeled kitchen with stainless steel countertops, wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances- including a gourmet gas range/oven. 2nd floor includes a large MBR and an attached full bath. 2 more bedrooms, another full bath and a bonus room complete the 2nd floor. Many updates include new electrical wiring, plumbing, roof, landscaping and much more. Large deck. 2 car detached garage is great addition to the property.  Walking distance to Jimmy’s Bistro, Kaldi’s Coffee, Hi-Point Theater, Katie’s Pizzeria, DeMun Oyster Bar, Cheshire Inn, and Forest Park!

 $399,900

 http://6376alamo.canbyours.com/

 Listed by Ronna Pohlman and Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-725-0009

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Blood and Sand

Last night I attended a cocktail party at Blood and Sand downtown. Here is how this stylish place describes itself:

Blood & Sand is a members bar and restaurant; it was conceived as a laboratory for creativity. Expect boldness, innovation, and an all-embracing passion for beauty and pleasure. We strive to surprise and delight the palette with some of the most exciting food and drink in the country.

The drinks were inventive and the atmosphere fun!  Check it out!

Next time I am going to stay to try the food!

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Kitchen Tour

Yesterday a friend treated me to the Heart Of The Home Kitchen Tours” fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We toured 9 kitchen in Ladue and Clayton.   It really was a wow event. The homes were all lovely and the kitchens amazing. I know…where are the pictures? They would not let me take them of the inside of the homes and then I left my camera in the car. Below is a picture of a lovely outdoor space from a Ladue home. Also below is the fabulous Trails End home in Ladue. Formerly a hunt club built by the Shinkle and Johnson families. My Aunt Bunny tells me stories of people riding horses through the Living Room. Believe me…there is plenty of room to do so.

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