Creme Brulee Bread Pudding

This morning, I had a craving for crème brulee and bread pudding.  …good bread pudding.  I must admit that I don’t know what exactly makes a bread pudding a good bread pudding. I don’t like a dense, soggy block of bread.  I prefer a more custard like consistency, rich with vanilla bean.  Mmmm…  pieces of buttery croissant soaked in that warm creamy vanilla bean custard, with the tops toasty and crispy.

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie.  I know that people are very opinionated about what makes the best chocolate chip cookie.  I wouldn’t dare try to convince you otherwise.  The best chocolate chip cookies, for me, are chewy with slightly crispy edges, and a tender crumb.  They are buttery and rich, not too sweet, and have semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips.  Add some shredded coconut and chopped walnuts and you got yourself heaven in a cookie!  Sandwich chocolate chip ice cream in between two chewy chocolate chip cookies, and we may be soulmates.

I created this recipe from tweaking a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Cooking A-Z.  I did some experimenting and created a recipe that my family and friends LOVE!

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