Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Love is . . .

Love is patient, Love is kind,
It does not envy, it does not boast,

It is not proud, It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,

It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.

Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

L o v e N e v e r F a i l s.

Corinthians 13 : 4 - 8

Love is a family

And I'm so glad God gave me mine...

When you taste this you are going to fall in love. I did …

*Chocolate Chip Brioche Bread Pudding*

Serves 8 - 10 (can be halved successfully)

Eating this lovely pudding is like having all your birthday’s come at once! It is wonderfully rich and sinfully good! The toasted brioche crumbs on the top give it a delightful crunch and the caramel sauce is well worth the effort of making. Although it is still good without it, it is truly magnificent with it drizzled on top!

1 (1 pound) brioche bread, crusts trimmed and reserved, bread cut into ½ inch cubes

8 large eggs

2 cups of whipping cream or half and half

2 cups milk (2% or whole)

1 ½ to 2 cups sugar

¼ cup chocolate Schnapps

1 TBS vanilla essence

½ tsp almond essence

200g good quality of milk chocolate, broken into chunks (I use 2 bars of Green & Black’s Organic Milk chocolate)

Place bread into a buttered 13 X 9 X 2 inch baking dish. Scatter with the chocolate chunks. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, whipping cream, milk, sugar, Chocolate Schnapps, vanilla and almond essences, mixing well to blend. Pout over the bread cubes and let stand for 30 minutes, pressing the bread down into the custard from time to time. (You can do this up to 2 hours ahead if you wish. Cover and refrigerate)

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Arrange the reserved bread crusts on a baking sheet and bake until dry, about ten minutes. Let cool and then crush in a food processor to make fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1 cup of the crumbs over the pudding. Give the rest to the birds!

Bake the pudding until it is set in the centre, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm with the caramel sauce.

*Caramel Sauce*

Makes approximately 2 cups

2 cups caster sugar

½ cup water

1 ¼ cups whipping cream

¾ tsp vanilla essence

Combine the sugar and water in a heavy medium sized saucepan. Stir over medium low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Boil, without stirring until the syrup is a deep amber in colour (about 8 minutes). Watch it carefully as soon as it starts to turn, remove it from the heat as it can burn very quickly from then on! The residual heat from the pan can finish it off to the right colour. Gradually add the cream. It will spit and sputter vigorously, but that’s ok. Stir over low heat until any caramel bits dissolve and the sauce is smooth. Stir in Vanilla. Let stand until cool but still pourable.

(This has been another reposting from my old AOL journal, just to give you something to read while I am away. These are family pictures, taken during my last visit home. Hope you enjoyed! )


Mica said...

and a beautiful family you have... Good to see you back. Blessings, Mica

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Beautiful pictures Marie! I am so glad you had a wonderful time with your cute family!

And the bread pudding looks so good!


~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

...wow looks amazing!

Beth at Aunties said...

Beautiful and fun family pictures.

I hope you are enjoying making many more cherished memories and taking more pictures to share when you return!


Julie Harward said...

Looks like you had such a great time with your family...that looks happy and healing! The recipe looks good too :D

Kath said...

Don't know if you are home or still away Marie,but the pictures are wonderful.Thankyou for sharing your lovely family with us.Enjoy today wherever you are.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

What lovely family photos Marie! I love all the gorgeous big smiles!

Suze said...

Thank you for sharing Marie. You have been missed.

Jan's Blog said...

And I saw love in those faces. I'm so happy you got to visit them.

Diva Kreszl said...

love the pictures of your beautiful family, the heavenly words are to be remembered always!

Sybil said...

The days are flying past Marie so it won;t be long now till you are back with us....in the flesh...so to speak. I will be so happy when you are home, Bet the bairns have all grown now and will be loving having their Granny around.
Love Sybil x

Bonnie said...

What a sweet family. I am eager to hear how it all went for you over there. How is your mom, etc? And the grandbabies? And your kids? Your dad?

Sheryl said...

You look absolutely in heaven!! Nothing like it huh Gramma?? This visit certainly was an overdue gift to yourself! SOOOOo Glad you got to go and share and receive tons of Lovin'!!

Kitty M said...

Fantastic photos Marie - such cuties!