Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happymiss bread

Once in a while, I like to make my own bread, sometimes by hand but usually in the easy bread machine.  There is something just so comforting and joyous about smelling the bread baking and then eating the yummy fresh homemade goodness. Cinnamon raisin bread is one of my bread machine favorites.  It makes for great cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, also good with peanut butter and bananas, or better yet, fantastic french toast.  Delish!

Today I was in a bread making kind of mood, so I threw the ingredients in the bread machine per the recipe and three hours later the bread was done and...ummm...well, it turned out kind of funny looking.  It was sunken in the middle and the texture was just weird.  I am not sure what happened, only that I screwed up something.  What a damn waste.  Darnit!  And, of course because I'm feeling particularly tired for whatever reason (lack of gym? too many chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? end-of-summer-looking-forward-to-school-starting-soon exhaustion? life?), I feel a wave of negativity and internally criticize my baking abilities and unfairly get a bit down on myself.  Humph.

I take my bad baking mojo out on my bathroom - cleaning, scrubbing, wiping, disinfecting, and distracting.  Then, while scrubbing the toilet, it hits me.  No, not the foul smell of my cute boy's missed toilet pee.  Instead of just discarding the failure that was my cinnamon raisin bread, I can make a dessert bread pudding.  Ding!  Ding!  Ding!  My mom is coming over for dinner in a few hours and she always says she doesn't eat dessert (wink wink) but she always loves my dessert and never refuses and I haven't baked anything yet for tonight.  Perfect!

So, I put down the scrubber, dance over to the kitchen and get to work.  I cube up the bread and put it all in a baking dish.  Then I mix up some eggs, milk, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, raisins, diced apples, walnuts, and pour it all over the bread.  I let it all soak in a bit, then bake it for around forty minutes until set.  After dinner, I serve it sprinkled with a little maple syrup and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Let me tell you, my raisin bread pudding was most excellent.  I loved it and so did my family as they gobbled it up (especially my mom, of course).  How neat is that to take a failed loaf of homemade bread and turn it into a delicious dessert?!  I'd like to claim that I planned it all along (because, ya, it was that good), but I feel even better enjoying my unexpected happymiss moment.

*happymiss is an ongoing project of mine and you can check out the first post here


  1. OMG! You didn't mention the amazing cinnamon sugary smell every time you opened the oven to check on it! Really, what was better? The delicious dessert, that smell from the oven, that your handsome hubby barbequed deliciously, that your children read to me, that I had the pleasure of your company, or that you are the nicest kindest daughter any mom could cherish? Lucky me.