“Brilliant Save”

~Most of the women I know have some type of list for recipes they’ve seen and want to try. My computer has a “Recipe” folder into which is saved all of the recipes found online that I want to try. Blackberry Roll has been staring at me for months now! Hubs brought home a basket of blackberries. Yipee, time to try the recipe. It has an outer crust with blackberry filling rolled inside. Blackberries, flour, sugar, butter, and nutmeg, how yummy does that sound? Well, it was HORRID! Hubs and I both agreed that it was NASTY!

Now a lot of ingredients went into that disaster and I wasn’t ready to dump it! The blackberries stared up at me begging to be saved! ūüėé Put on my thinking cap and decided I would make a bread-pudding-type of recipe with the mess. ¬†When it was totally cool, I broke it into two parts: top and bottom and layered the parts into a two quart baking dish:

  1. Pam or grease the baking dish.
  2. The top was cut into about 1 inch square pieces and placed on the bottom of the dish.
  3. Add about a cup of blueberries for the next layer
  4. The bottom layer, which had the blackberries on it was cut into inch chunks and turned upside down so the blackberries were facing down.
  5. Make the custard and pour over the top. See custard recipe below.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar and finely chopped walnuts.
  7. Bake covered at 375 degrees F for 50 -55 minutes. I took the cover off the last 5 minutes. If you don’t have a cover, aluminum foil will work.

I’ll assume that you don’t have a wreck of a blackberry roll to work with. So you can just use stale bread broken into bits. Make sure to add blueberries and/or blackberries.

Custard: Any basic bread pudding custard will work

  1. 3 eggs, beaten
  2. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 3 cups whole milk

Serve hot with ice cream, whipping cream, or Half and Half. It is good all by itself! It needs to be refrigerated. Hubs pronounced, “Brilliant save!” Hurray, I just repurposed the Blackberry Roll into something truly delicious! If you have had a “Brilliant Save” we’d love to hear about it!

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A Taste Explosion in My Mouth

Q – Whenever there is the slightest hint of black on the bananas, my husband, Alan, swears it’s time for me to make banana bread! ¬†I know he buys the bananas and doesn’t eat them on purpose. ¬†He says, “I bought them for you.” ¬†Yea, right! ¬†For me to make banana bread. ¬†I do have the best recipe in the world. ¬†I’ve used it since I was a child living at home with my parents, so I don’t have a clue which of my mom’s recipe books I got it from. ¬†Pillsbury? ¬†Betty Crocker? ¬†Two rotten bananas are staring me in the face and it’s cold outside, plus I have fresh blueberries.

Banana Bread

1/2 cup Butter (one stick)
1 cup  Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup (2 medium) Mashed, Ripe Bananas
1/4 cup Milk (if I have buttermilk I use it)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Optional:
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped – usually just scoop out two handfuls and chop
1/2 cup Blueberries – usually just eyeball the amount I want to use

Cream using an electric mixer:
Butter and sugar

Add:
Eggs – Cream until batter looks “fluffy”

Add:
Bananas – cream until batter looks “fluffy”

Add:
Milk and vanilla – Cream until batter looks “fluffy”

The next needs to be added and gently hand-stirred (more like folding) so the batter does not become “tough”. ¬†The flour should just get “wet”.
Flour, baking soda, and salt

When the flour is all “wet” add the nuts and blueberries, gently hand-stirring to add.

Put into greased bread pan, cook at 350 degrees for 55 Р60 minutes.  Use toothpick to see if bread is done.

I have messed around with this recipe a lot! ¬†I’ve added different fruits, cinnamon, different nuts, etc. ¬†It always turns out great! ¬†Today I ran out of walnuts so I used pecans too. ¬†I make it without added fruit, such as blueberries, but I ALWAYS add nuts! ¬†It’s out of the oven now and cooling, time for a piece with cup of tea!! ¬†YUMMY! A taste explosion in my mouth!

I’m dyeing inside today. ¬†I’ll share the adventure with you tomorrow.