My sincere apologizes since it’s been awhile since my last post. Whew, it’s been a busy few months and December has ALWAYS been a busy month for me. My poor ovens were working overtime with baking for my hubby and son’s birthdays, a special fundraiser event for Project PEARLS, Christmas goodies for co-workers, and Christmas and New Years dinners! Needless to say it was my blogging that was sacrificed. But with good reason! Besides being super busy, I also spent some well deserved time with my family. And to my delight, my brother and nephew spent the Christmas holiday with us! It’s been awhile since my sissy, brother, and I had Christmas together. It was spent reminiscing about the past, enjoying each other (with some bickering at times), and most importantly making new memories!
It was also a time of reflection for me. I thought about family, blogging, and time, especially time. Baking, photography, and blogging all takes time. I work full-time and of course I am a full-time Mommy and Wife. Time is precious . . . family is precious . . . baking and blogging are precious to me. So after all of this rambling what does this mean. I am going to change my attitude about blogging.
So my New Year’s resolution, besides dropping 30 pounds (this has been a yearly resolution for the last few years!), is to not excessively worry about getting that perfect photo or writing THE best blog post or getting more traffic to my blog. It’s actually pretty simple . . . be confident in my recipes, food photography, and posts. If you like my posts and keep coming back that’s all that matters. One of my fellow food bloggers, dearest Tartine, who knows all too well my struggles with blogging since she shares many of the same hurdles, put it best “you like it, you’ll follow!” You’ll surely love Tartine’s blog too! Check it out at www.tartinemaple.com.
So with that let’s talk bread pudding! Pan de sal is a Filipino roll that is often eaten for breakfast. Literally translated it is “salt bread”–but it’s far from tasting anywhere near salty. It’s a little sweet, soft on the inside, and a nice crust on the outside. My personal favorite is a pan del sal sandwich with a fried egg. During my brother’s visit, we bought pan de sal in all sizes!
To my surprise and later to my delight, we were left with quite a few pan de sal rolls! Naturally I did what I would normally do–make bread pudding.
I also had some bananas that I needed to use up, so I quickly Googled bread pudding and bananas. I clicked on a link that intrigued me for Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and came across a very lovely blog called Our Best Bites. This site has everything! From recipes to crafts, tips and tutorials, to bacon roses. Wait, yes I did say BACON ROSES! With a post on how to make a bacon rose bouquet this site has my loyal following!
I made a few adjustments and I have to say this bread pudding was my all time favorite.
This recipe can certainly be made with any type of bread, croissant, or brioche. However, I find myself trying to find an excuse to make more of this pan de sal bread pudding.
It really is very pretty to look at too! Here’s to 2013–Happy New Year everyone!