Baking Bree has been available on Amazon for three weeks now, and while the reviews are slow to come in, the feedback has been wonderful. When I set out to write a book that centered around food, I knew that there must be a way to incorporate it into the blossoming romance between Bree and Simon, her cooking instructor.
For things to heat up outside of the classroom, I decided to use Simon's knowledge of baking and pastry making to whip up a delectable spread of desserts to tantalize Bree's tastebuds.
Each dish had to jump off the page (ok, screen) and into the reader's mouth, making them crave the next bite as much as Bree was. To do this, I picked textural, aromatic, and flavorful dishes that, when paired with the right wines, work together to completely seduce the senses.
Sound delicious? You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon, and check out the scene for yourself (Chapter 15). And if you review the book (please please please!) and shoot me an email, I'll put you on a list to receive the sequel, Starting from Scratch, for free!
Of course I have to get around to actually starting that one, so in the meantime, let's start the seduction 😉
Chocolate banana bread pudding (Pair with a nice ice wine)
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 4 cups cubed french bread (soft! no outside crust)
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- optional: 1/2 white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 and grease 6 ramekins with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, mix eggs, vanilla, sugar, and milk until smooth. Add the bread, bananas, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips. Stir, and let soak for 5 minutes. Divide evenly between ramekins, pushing the mixture to pack them in tightly.
Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place the ramekins on the towel, and carefully fill the roasting pan with hot water. The water should reach about halfway up the ramekins. Bake for one hour.
To eat, you can simply take your fork and dig in...
Or pop it out of the ramekin, decorate with some fresh strawberries, maybe drizzle it with some white chocolate sauce?
It all depends on who you're trying to seduce!
If you've never had bread pudding, I seriously urge you to try this recipe. Although the name sounds like something weird and British, I promise you, it's amazing. I used to make white chocolate bread pudding at the restaurant that I used to work at, and I order it every single time I go back.
And as I sit here on this muggy Wednesday night, nursing my poor root canal, I wish that I had more squishy banana bread to eat. 🙁
In a few days I'll be posting another sexy dessert from Simon's succulent seduction (alliteration! Weee!), so check back for more mouth-watering goodness.
Recipe adapted from here