Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. But just like your mother told you, pretty is as pretty does. This bread pudding is all about inner beauty, or taste. And there it delivers.
What I loved about this bread pudding - and as a die-hard bread pudding lover, I confess that I have been underwhelmed by Dorie's other bread pudding recipes - is that it doesn't knock you over the head. Stale baguette, a simple vanilla-bourbon custard, and a run through the oven - that's it. No embellishments, no (gasp) raisins, no oozy sauces dripping all over the place, no sneaking suspicion that you just consumed a week's worth of saturated fat in one serving. Just a homey dessert that does the trick on yet another snowy, dreary day.
If you like a boozy bourbon pudding, you're going to want to double the tablespoon of bourbon, because it was barely detectable in mine. I still contend that the best bread pudding of all time is Sara Foster's, but hers is more substantial, more sweet, and more "make this once a year as a showstopper dessert" than "make this when you have some stale bread lying around." And isn't that what bread pudding is supposed to be?
Many thanks to Sharon from Simply Southern for choosing this recipe - it seems that not everyone is keen on bread pudding, which is so very puzzling to me. Sharon, on behalf of the bread pudding lovers out there, I salute you!
Next week: Caroline and Claire of Bake With Us chose Chocolate Oatmeal Drops
Last week: Great Grains Muffins