Heavenly Caramel Bread Pudding is a decadent dessert that you will love to serve your friends and family.
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The Sunday Supper team has joined with Gallo Family Vineyards this week to share with you our love of the Christmas season.
Having been an army family for 24 plus years, we have lived in a number of different places and had great experiences with the many people and cultures that have been a part of our life over that time span.
Some of the most memorable Christmas seasons we have had, were when we lived in Germany. Imagine doing your holiday shopping while walking down a cobblestone road, inside a medieval walled city. Looking in the shop windows, smelling the aromas coming from the Bäckerei. Or wandering through another town, munching on roasted spiced nuts from the cart on the corner (the inspiration for my roasted spiced nut recipe) and listening to the sounds of laughter and music while in the shadow of a beautiful castle. It is truly a magical experience.
The Christmas season has always been filled with family – though that family didn’t necessarily share any DNA with us.
I’ve held countless Christmas dinners over the years with an open door policy and standing invitation to all the young soldiers or couples in our units. They never had to bring a thing, unless there was something in particular they wanted to drink. They just had to show up. When you find yourself in a foreign country, with no real communication back home on a holiday that is all about loved ones, that can be really rough. That is how it was, when we were there in the ’90s. Back then, the internet was just in its baby phase, but most people had never even heard of it. Communication with family “back home” was not what it is today. There was no Skype or e-mail. Letters took a week or more and phone calls were rare because they were expensive international, land line rates.
So opening our home and inviting them in for a feast, filled with laughter and good times, was the least we could do. I’ve always loved entertaining, and those particular meals – I did them for other holidays as well – were some of the most rewarding. Not only were the soldiers themselves appreciative of the invitations, but there were a few times over the years where I was given the opportunity to meet some of those soldiers’ parents when they came to visit, or I received e-mails from them, thanking me for “taking care of” their son on Christmas. Being apart over the holidays isn’t just tough on the soldiers. But it’s equally hard for Mom & Dad who are spending it without their grown child. I know. I’ve reached that phase of life where I too have grown children off in other places – and one of them is spending his first Christmas as a soldier in Germany!
Over the years, no matter where we lived – from North Carolina to Alaska – many of our holidays were spent with our “extended” family. Sometimes it was a big dinner, but other times it might have been a potluck Tapas Party, an Independence Day Cookout or New Year’s Eve fireworks on a frozen pond.
I was at a small gathering of brave army wives on a cold and icy night in the town of North Pole, Alaska, where we got together for a “white elephant” holiday exchange. I literally came home with a white elephant. It was a ceramic coffee creamer. But what was really memorable about that night, was that I got a crash course in what community looks like in Alaska. The weather was brutally cold, the roads were typical Alaska but one of the wives who had never driven in snowy conditions before, slid off the road. Moments after it happened, a resident on the road came by and noticed. But they didn’t just drive on by and shake their heads, no. They stopped, pulled a tow strap from their truck, and pulled her back onto the road. It’s just what people do up there. My husband and I were rescued in similar fashion when out in the wilderness the following winter.
Yes, family doesn’t always share your DNA. Our army family is huge and varied, but loved and cherished. Now that our military life is ending, and the holidays are spent more with our actual family, I can only hope that my own son and daughter-in-law are able to make the same kinds of lasting memories themselves on their journey as a new military family.
Though I do have to admit, I am thankful we don’t have to go through it without the wonder of the internet – and video chats! There’s nothing better than being able to talk to your son face-to-face from 7 time zones away!
Today I am sharing with you a wonderful recipe for Caramel Bread Pudding. When I think of bread pudding, I think of home, hugs and a roaring fireplace. There’s just something about it.
It all begins with homemade caramel sauce. Don’t be intimidated by caramel. It is incredibly easy to make and tastes amazing!
That gorgeous caramel is then mixed right in with the eggs and milk.
Next, torn croissants in a buttered skillet. Can anything be bad if it has croissants in it? I think not.
Press the croissants into the custard with the back of a wide spatula to help it soak in.
And when it comes out of the oven? It would be tempting to take the whole dish and a spoon and run to another room. But believe me, your guests will appreciate your sharing it.
You can top this caramel bread pudding with some fresh whipped cream or ice cream if you like, or simply eat it naked.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 613 Total Fat 34g Saturated Fat 20g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 11g Cholesterol 223mg Sodium 337mg Carbohydrates 63g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 44g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 11g
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