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This didn’t turn out the way I wanted it too. Too much bread and not enough pudding. I’m not surprised though because it seemed that way as I added the croissants to the egg and milk mixture. Not that it wasn’t any good, my housemate happily had seconds. Can’t beat a warm flakey crust!

This was also the first time I tried a water bath. I don’t know if that actually made any difference…

The recipe is similar to bread pudding recipes that use french bread. I’ll tweak the recipe next time and hopefully I will have better luck. Inspired by the bread pudding I had at Chaya’s happy hour.

First stop of the day, Shake Shack, like the In-N-Out of the East Coast.

ImageThe Shake Stack! Touted by many New Yorkers as one of their favorite burger joints.

ImageThis baby is a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and the special ShakeSauce topped with a ‘Shroom Burger. What’s a ‘Shroom Burger? It’s an oozy goodness of a cheese-filled fried Portobello mushroom. I’m not big on burgers, but this I would come back for mmmmm.

ImageMini burgers! Haha I mean, macarons. Coconut and pistachio. Yum, yum, yum.

Next up, banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. While we were waiting in line outside (If there’s a line out the door, it must be good! Right?), we discovered there’s a Magnolia Bakery in California now too.

ImageImageIt’s a banana bread pudding done oh so very right. Just the way I like it, extra custardy.

It’s NYC and you have to try the street food. Of course we try another place that frequently has long lines. The Halal Guys, on 53rd and 6th. Don’t be fooled by the nearby copycats.

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Not the most appealing picture, but this was scrumdiddlyumptious.

That’s it for day 2. I’m hungry!

Bread pudding is a great way to make use of stale or old bread. Plus, you may already have all the main ingredients (milk, eggs, and sugar) on hand. Since first learning how to make bread pudding a little over a year ago, I’ve made it about 5 or 6 times. I’d say the first one I made, coconut bread pudding, has been my favorite.

Coconut Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • ½ loaf of French bread (1 loaf approximately 1 lb or 16 oz)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut extract
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened coconut flakes

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