3/6/13 - Candied Bacon, Apple Bread Pudding

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

About 6 cups 1/2-inch-cubed challah bread (about half a 15-ounce loaf)

3 medium Opal Apples peeled, cored and diced****

6 eggs

1 1/2 cups cream

1 1/2 cups milk

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions

Butter a 2-quart baking dish. . Toss the cubed bread and apples in a large bowl, and then arrange them evenly in the dish.

In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, cream, milk, honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and apples. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the baking dish in a larger metal roasting pan. Pour hot water into the roasting pan until it comes about 1 inch up the side of the baking dish. Bake until the pudding is firm and the top is golden brown, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool slightly, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

 

Candied Bacon

Prep Time:

10 min

Cook Time: 35 min

Level: Easy

Serves:

4 servings

This is a really easy breakfast item because you can put it in the oven, set the timer and forget about it while you make everything else and pull it out just before sitting down so it's piping hot.

Ingredients

12 slices bacon, about 1/4-inch thick

Finely ground black pepper

1/3 cup light brown sugar

Equipment: 2 baking sheets, preferably the same size

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Put bacon slices in a bowl, season them with pepper and toss with the brown sugar. Cover a baking sheet with parchment or foil and arrange the bacon in a single layer on top. Sprinkle any sugar left in the bowl over the bacon. Top with another layer of parchment or foil and top it, squarely, with another baking sheet. The baking sheet will flatten the bacon as it cooks.

Place the tray in the center of the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check the bacon by lifting the top tray and parchment. If it is not golden brown and fairly crispy, resist the temptation to turn up the oven temperature, and cook it for 10 to 15 minutes longer. Check it again. Keep in mind that when you remove the tray and transfer the bacon to a serving platter or individual plates, the bacon will "crisp" up a little more. Be patient!