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Pioneer Potluck: Bread Pudding

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Outhouses in Alaska

Ann and her daughter Susan Jordan at Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts.

Bob and I lived for several years without an indoor bathroom. We had to wait for electricity into our place to have running water. Bob built a "state of the art outhouse" and in the summer is was and still is a pure pleasure to go out and sit in the peace and quiet of the great outdoor-outhouse of the North Land. The mornings are especially peaceful with no one around, you can sit and "ponder" the great universe with the door open, looking over the lake, watching the fish jump in the glimmering morning sun.

One spring morning, I went traipsing out the door of our little house, in my Mumu and my big pink fuzzy slippers. I was greeted by our several friendly cats that always formed a line and walked on both sides of me while I took my walk to the outhouse. This particular morning I was extra loud, shuffling my feet and saying, "uh-uhaw, lets go, babies, lets go": shuffle shuffle "come with me" repeating several times. Shuffling and doing a little dance with the cats, we danced and played all the way to the outhouse.

I opened the door, and turned around, hiked up my mumu, sat down and looked at cats and said "Auwhh that feels good." Then I lifted my eyes up to see the glories of the morning and the sun dancing over the lake, and stared right into the eyes of two fishermen in a small boat, staring back at me!! I reached for the door, shooing the cats out of the way, closed the door and started wondering, in utter embarrassment, how was I going to get back across the yard?

You see, I am almost sure they could not see the cats, so the little dance I was doing across the yard, could have been misconstrued as a "outhouse dance." I waited a long time before I came out o the outhouse, the whole time cats whining and meowing "let me in." I finally got enough nerve to open the door and shuffle back across the yard, the cats and me. By this time the two fishermen had so gracefully moved to the other side of the lake, fishing with there backs to me. I am sure so I could not hear them laugh!!

Bread Pudding

From Grannie Annies Cookin' at the Homestead Cookbook

I collect bread pudding and rhubarb recipes.

1 1/2 loaves of Egg bread/white bread/Hawaiian bread/a combination of all or what you have on hand. Cube and place in a generously buttered large pan, like a lasagna pan. OR make two in smaller pans and give one to your neighbor.

Sprinkle the bread with:

1 cup of Craisins

1/2 cup walnuts chopped

In a large bowl:

2 cans of evaporated milk

2 cups of regular milk

1 cup of brown sugar

6 to 8 eggs, slightly beaten into the milk and sugar.

11/2 tsp salt

1 tblsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Stir all together and pour over bread in pans. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours or overnight.

Uncover and sprinkle with:

2 tblsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon.

Put in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for at least one hour. Cover with foil and continue to bake for another half hour.

Insert knife in middle to see if done.

Serve with the following:

Lemon Hard Sauce

1 cup sugar

2 tblsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp nutmeg (op)

Stir together in a saucepan.

Add:

2 cups of boiling water

4 tblsp butter

3 tblsp lemon juice

Gradually add water, stirring constantly over low heat until thick and clear. Add butter and lemon juice. Stir in and take of heat. Serve warm over bread pudding.

Bread pudding -- For mother's day Breakfast

Try frying slices of leftover bread pudding in butter and serve with maple syrup or leftover lemon sauce for breakfast. Top with whipped cream.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

From Grannie Annies Cookin' at the Homestead Cookbook

Kids and anyone who loves chocolate will like this easy dessert.

1 loaf of white bread cut in cubes.

5 eggs

2 cups of canned milk

2 cups of regular milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 tsp vanilla

Butter a 2 quart baking dish, fill with bread cubes. In a large bowl beat egg and stir in milk the sugar and vanilla. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips over bread and pour the egg mixture over the bread. Refrigerate and let the liquid absorb for 6 hours or overnight.

Preheat to 350 degrees and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for an hour or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Oldtime Bread Pudding

For 4 People

This will be in my next cookbook series.

2 1/2 cups of old home made bread, cubed

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

2 cups warm milk

1 cup raisins

1/2 stick butter

Put bread cubes in 2 quart baking dish.

Mix butter in with the warm milk and stir in all the other ingredients. Pour over the bread cubes. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until top is brown.

Serve warm with thick cream and sugar or whipped cream.

Debra's Pioneer Bread Pudding

This pudding was made for my surprise 70th birthday party.

It was a big hit and not much was left when everyone helped themselves to the comfort of this wonderful bread pudding.

2 1/2 cups of old home made bread cubed

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

2 cups warm milk

1 cup raisins

1/2 stick butter

Put bread cubes in 2 quart baking dish.

Mix butter in with the warm milk and stir in all the other ingredients. Pour over the bread cubes. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until top is brown.

Note that this has NO eggs in it.

Serve warm with thick cream and sugar or whipped cream.

Raspberry Bread Pudding

We have an abundant amount of raspberries on our property. I was happy to see this recipe.

2 cups of fresh raspberries* or 1 bag of frozen - thawed

1 French or Sourdough bread loaf broken into small cubes

4 1/4 cups milk - canned milk makes it creamier

2/3 cups sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Zest of 2 lemons

3 eggs

Sugar and cinnamon

Heat milk, sugar, salt and lemon Zest to simmer

Cool slightly and whisk in eggs. Place bread cubes in 13 x 9 buttered dish. Spoon raspberries over top. Pour the warm custard mix over this. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Place in 350 degrees oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Test with knife in middle of pudding to see if done.

Good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

*Try blueberries or any combination of berries.

The series is written by a 44 year resident of Alaska, Ann Berg of Nikiski. Ann shares her collections of recipes from family and friends. She has gathered recipes for more that 50 years. Some are her own creation. Her love of recipes and food came from her Mother, a self taught wonderful cook.

She hopes you enjoy the recipes and that the stories will bring a smile to your day.

Grannie Annie can be reached at anninalaska@gci.net



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