Month: December 2015

Pecan Pie bread pudding that will knock your socks off

I’ve never tried my hand at making bread pudding until yesterday. I found a recipe for pecan pie bread pudding that will knock your socks off! It’s Christmas week so I thought “what the heck!”. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had imagined that making bread pudding would be. Trust me…. if I can make this so can you! =D

Here’s the recipe that I followed (courtesy of http://www.callmepmc.com):

Ingredients:

* 1 (16 oz) loaf of day old French bread
* 2 1/2 cups milk
* 1 cup of Half & Half
* 4 eggs, lightly beaten
* 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
* 1 TB vanilla
* 1/8 tsp salt (I used pink Himalayan)
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups of packed brown sugar (I used dark)
* 1 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Cube the loaf of bread and then place in a large bowl
3) In another bowl, whisk together the beaten eggs, milk, Half & Half, white sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour over the bread cubes. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes
4) In another small bowl, combine with a fork the softened butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans. This mixture should have the consistency of wet sand
5) Pour half o the bread mixture into an ungreased 8×8 inch pan or dish
6) Top bread layer with half of the pecan mixture
7) Spoon in the remaining bread mixture and press down into pan slightly. The pan will be pretty full.
8) Top with the remaining pecan mixture
9) Place pan on a cookie sheet with edges in case the mixture boils over. Place in oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. After removing, the center will be slightly jiggly, but will set once it cools.

It was so unbelievably yummmmmmmmm! And yes, I did eat it on a styrofoam plate because…. well…. why dirty up more dishes if you don’t have to? =D

Pecan Pie bread pudding

Pecan Pie bread pudding

Delicious homemade hot cocoa recipes

Each year in December, at the studio, I’ve made some type of goodie to give all my class participants during the month. Last year it was handmade ornaments (with the help of my awesome sister and wonderful husband). This year I decided to give each class member their very own serving of delicious homemade hot cocoa to take home in one of two flavors. I made chocolate hot cocoa mix using Stevia and peanut butter hot cocoa mix (my new fav!). The most difficult part of making these for everyone was tying the darned ribbon and twine on the jars. LOL

iEncourage Fitness Christmas Cocoa

iEncourage Fitness Christmas Cocoa

I’ve had several of my ladies ask me to share the recipes so they could have them both. I happily will! =)

Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix (Serves 2)
* 2-3 TB Stevia in the Raw
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/4 cup non-fat powdered milk
* 1 TB mini chocolate chips
* pinch of Himalayan pink salt
* Mini marshmallows to top off jar

Directions:

1. Whisk together dry milk powder, Stevia, cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl.
2. To make a single serving gift, pour 1/2 into a 4 oz jar & top with mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Add a recipe card and ribbon
and you’re all set! If you’re making this for your own use, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
3. To make hot cocoa, remove the marshmallows from the top and put 1/2 of the cocoa mix and mini chocolate chips in a mug. Stir in 6 to 8
oz of hot almond milk or water and top with the mini marshmallows.

Homemade peanut butter hot cocoa

Homemade peanut butter hot cocoa

Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix (Serves 10)
*1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
*1 cup powdered sugar
*3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
*1/2 cup peanut butter chips
*1/4 cup white chocolate chips
*1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

1. Whisk together dry milk powder, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl.
2. In a separate bowl or in a food processor, grate or grind the peanut butter chips. (I used my grandmother’s old Moulie grater for this.
It has a grater with a handle that you turn.)
3. In another bowl or in a food processor, grate or grind the white chocolate chips.
4. To make a single serving gift, pour 1/4 cup of chocolate powder into a 4 oz jar & top with 1 TB of grated white chocolate chips and 1 1/2
TB of grated peanut butter chips. Add a recipe card and ribbon and you’re all set! If you’re making this for your own use, it can
be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
4. To make hot cocoa, put 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix, white chocolate and peanut butter chips in a mug and stir in 6 to 8 oz of
hot almond milk or water.

Enjoy!

If you’d like to make recipe cards for your gift jars, I used the holiday recipe cards at TheCelebrationShoppe.com for mine. It was SUPER EASY! Just type in your recipe info and print. The text fields will fill in on each card after the first one as you tab through each one. How cool is that?!

I would LOVE to know if you try these out and how you like them so be sure to leave me a comment. =D

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