One of my favorite simple pleasures is to bake on a Sunday afternoon. Whisk together a few ingredients, pop it in the oven and voíla! Just 45 minutes later, your laundry is folded, your house smells like a bakery, and you have a tasty treat to share (neighbors come in handy if you don't feel like housing an entire pan-ful of sweet, fatty carbohydrates in your belly). If you have a loaf of bread that needs eating, or just feel like making some real-life comfort food, then bread pudding is like heaven in a spoon. My dearest Mom reminded me of this recipe, so I thought I'd share it with you. Bon appétit!
6 slices day-old bread 2 tablespoons butter or ghee, melted 1/2 cup currants (optional) 4 eggs, whisked 2 cups milk 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Small pinch sea salt *Optional zest of one orange and a squeeze of orange juice *Optional 1 drop of doTerra Wild Orange Essential Oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Break bread into small pieces into an 8-inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter/ghee over bread.
If using, sprinkle with raisins or currants.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and optional orange zest, juice, and essential oil. Whisk together until well-blended.
Pour over bread, and lightly push down the bread pieces with a fork or clean fingers until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture. (Just think, giant french toast!)
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until is golden brown and the top springs back when lightly tapped.
Serve warm. Is ridiculously tasty with a decaf Americano, or the coffee beverage of your choice. Enjoy!
*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.
*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!
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Currants: Currants are a rich source of vitamin C and potassium, and have strong antioxidant properties. They have long been used by some Native American tribes to treat kidney and digestive ailments. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Ghee: A favorite among Ayurvedic practitioners, said to help cure ailments from tight muscles to memory loss. Ghee is essentially clarified butter that has been separated from the milk solids and saturated fats. I highly recommend replacing your regular butter with this. Read up on the health benefits and nutritional information.
Local Raw Milk: This is a VERY touchy subject. So I will leave it to the professionals. See here if you’re interested in learning more about raw milk. Otherwise, good organic milk is a fine alternative.
Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.