One week later, I have a bit of a problem. Last Tuesday night, I sat blogging about my new job and what may be the strangest cupcakes I ever baked. Tonight, I have a bit of writer’s block that has lasted about a week now.
The thing is, I am now writing for a living. What started as a passion, a hobby if you will, is now how I earn the money I need to keep a roof over my head. And since I’m just getting started, I don’t have a lot left in my writing tank by the end of the day.
I have also been spending my time watching an obscene amount of the Olympic Games. I am absolutely addicted to anything and everything Olympics. This is a common occurrence every time they roll around, and I love it. A friend once described the Olympics as the world’s holiday, and I couldn’t agree more.
This morning I watched a news show segment about how powerful expectations are when it comes to results. For example, we all likely know by now how disappointed McKayla Maroney was with the silver medal she won for her individual vault. And if the men’s basketball team does not win the gold, their entire Olympic experience may be considered a failure. Was Woody Hayes on to something when he said, “Without Winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.”
Can you imagine? Being so good that winning a freaking silver medal is akin to losing? The news anchor conducting the segment asked a couple from Ireland who were in London how they would feel if an Irish athlete won a silver medal. “We’d be thrilled,” they exclaimed!
I love watching Olympic volleyball (both indoor and beach, men’s and women’s). In my mind, I harbor some deep delusion that I could play a point – not a set, not a match, just a point – with any of these players. As a sub-par volleyball player at best, what they are able to do is absolutely amazing. But my dark horse favorite sport to watch is diving. Fortunately, I harbor no illusions whatsoever that I could do much more than a swan dive.
During the games, my silver medal dessert is Tiramisu. It loses the gold medal to Key Lime Pie every time. In an effort to try an old favorite in a new way, I turned to a recipe for individual Tiramisu Bread Puddings.
If you love the taste of coffee in your dessert, this bread pudding is a must try. If not, then I leave you a thought from Marilyn vos Savant, “Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
- For the Bread Pudding
- 1⅓ cups milk
- 1¼ cups whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 8 cups torn white bread slices (10-12 slices)
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- For the Cream Cheese Topper
- ¾ cup whipping cream
- 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- In large bowl stir together milk, whipping cream, and coffee crystals until the crystals are dissolved.
- Reserve 1 tablespoon milk mixture and set aside.
- Stir the eggs, sugars, and vanilla into the milk mixture.
- Add the bread pieces and stir until moistened.
- Evenly divide the mixture among eight, ungreased 6-ounce ramekins, filling nearly, but not quite, to the top.
- Place the ramekins on a baking sheet or in a baking pan, then bake at 375 degrees F until puffed and set, about 30 minutes. A knife inserted near center of a bread pudding comes out clean.
- In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and reserved 1 tablespoon of the milk mixture.
- Stir until smooth and drizzle over bread pudding.
- Dollop with cream cheese topper.
- To make the cream cheese topper, beat whipping cream, cream cheese, and powdered sugar on medium until soft peaks form.