We've had snow and ice for the past two days, shutting everything down in the area. No one can leave their house because it's so gosh-darn slick. I, especially, have no plans on leaving my house. Uh uh. No waaay. I can't drive in snow and ice, and my car doesn't do well on it either. I'm staying right here in my element; blogging, drinking coffee, and wearing sweat pants.
I knew this storm was coming, so I planned ahead. Yep, I went to Wal-Mart before the storm hit, and went grocery shopping for supplies I knew I would need:
Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, toffee chips, Oreos, grasshopper cookies, graham crackers, butter and heavy cream.
And hell, I even threw in some Frank's Red Hot for good measure.
I knew that was enough to get me through any snow storm. People were buying boring stuff. Milk, eggs, bread.... phhht. Ridiculous.
What surprised me was, and I don't know if you know this or not, but, the product that sells out the fastest when there is a storm coming.
Any guesses? Soup? Bottled water?
Nope. Bagged lettuce.
People love bagged lettuce when there's a blizzard. I have no idea why. I guess nothing hits the spot when you've lost electricity... like a garden salad.
So anyway, I've been stuck at home, and I have lots of stuff to do, like catching up on reading blogs (I promise I'm going to do it today. Promise), reading books, watching movies... but I don't know. I'm having trouble sitting down and staying still. I've been constantly in the kitchen, creating new treats. Which is good for you, because you'll be getting a lot of new, fascinating posts, but bad for me because I have about ten different baked goods on my counter, begging to be eaten.
I made this bread pudding using leftover sweet egg bread, and combined it with white and dark chocolate chips, coconut, coconut milk and heavy cream. As good as this pudding was in flavor, it doesn't come across in the picture. Bread pudding is hard to present and photograph, so give me a break. I tried drizzling melted chocolate on top, but I made it look worse.
PS- Happy Birthday Dad! You're the best dad I've ever had.
(No, I didn't make this for your birthday because I know you and everyone else in our family doesn't like bread pudding. Bastards)
Coconut-Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
4 large eggs
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 cups cubed challah, babka, brioche, etc.
1/2 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter an 8x8-inch square baking dish with butter
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, coconut milk, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Stir in cubed bread, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips until combined. Allow mixture to set for 10 minutes. Pour bread mixture into baking dish and evenly sprinkle with flaked coconut.
Bake at 350 degrees F, for 25-30 minutes, or until coconut is golden brown and pudding is set.
Makes 9 servings