Welcome to the February edition of the Monthly Improv Challenge, hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker . For the uninformed, the Improv Challenge is a monthly party where everyone uses the same two ingredients in different wild and crazy ways. This month's theme is Bread and Butter---how fun is that?!!
Before you get too excited, I didn't get very wild and crazy this month. Rather, I went for some good old comfort food.
How many of you have had extremely poor weather lately?--raise your hands. Yup--I thought so. One of the best ways I know of to soothe the weather blues is to make comfort food. Pudding made out of bread is one of the best comfort foods I know, so that's what I made. Bread and Butter Pudding. With blueberries. And it was wonderful.
Blueberry Bread and Butter Pudding
1 loaf thin sliced, firm white bread, 16-18 slices (I used Pepperidge Farm White Sandwich Bread)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup blueberry jam
1 cup blueberries
3 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees; spray a 9X13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Spread half of the bread slices with about a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of jam. Top the buttered bread with an unbuttered slice. Cut each sandwich in half, diagonally.
Arrange the sandwich halves evenly in the casserole dish, standing some upright, if needed. Sprinkle the blueberries over the bread.
My casserole dish is slightly smaller than 9X13, so I had to stand up some of the sandwich halves....
Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla; pour evenly over the sandwich halves. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes to allow the eggs/milk to soak into the bread.
Bake for 50-55 minutes or until the custard is set. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm or cold.
Simple. Awesome. Comfort.
The only thing that would have made this better would have been some warm blueberry sauce. Alas, I did not make any, but this recipe looks good: Warm Blueberry Sauce. Make it and let me know how it is. In the mean time, check out what everyone else is making with Bread and Butter.