Pear & Ginger Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

What is it that makes something a comfort food?  It needs to be something that triggers good memories in your taste buds, and doesn’t take you to strange places flavour-wise.  I think bread pudding is one of the most wonderful desserts ever devised.  It’s such a simple dish, the basic version using day old breads, sugar, milk and eggs.  We can dress it up, like this recipe, as a dessert, or you can make it savoury for breakfast or brunch.  It can easily be made one day, and cooked the next.  It’s actually better for it.  Whether stuffed with raisins & currants or with pears & ginger, I’m pretty sure that it is one of the best comfort foods around.  Although, I always remember picking out the raisins when I was young.  Continue reading

Fruit Crisp

Here I am making more fruit dessert!  It is the time of year.  I am still amazed at the flavour that blackberries are still giving us.  No rain, lots of sun – a perfect science!Having just picked our Bartlett Pears today, and still plucking blackberries, I thought I should share the best crisp I’ve ever eaten.  Seriously.  I’ve combined these fruit with Bramley Seedling Apples – an amazing cooking apple.  Transparents work really well in this recipe.  Store apples – well, Galas always do in a pinch, and the lovely Pink Lady’s and Sunrise work well, too.

This recipe started from one of Ina Garten’s.  I’ve rarely made any other crisp once I found it, and now I’ve been baking it for years.  I’ve tweaked it here or there, and it can be made with just a ¼ c lemon juice.  Living on an island, I can’t always follow recipes, I just have to make do!

We’ve made enough for a hundred guests, and portioned it down to just enough for some fruit I had at hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment with fruit combinations.  The topping seems to work no matter what!

I usually double the topping, and put the other half in the freezer for those “just in case” times.  It makes a wonderful topping for pies, a great scattering for ice cream, and is amazing to stuff baked apples with. Continue reading