I like to keep muffins in the freezer for Eric to pack in his suitcase for breakfast when he travels, which is every week. Sometimes he just likes to have a cup of coffee and a muffin in his room before he heads out for the day. I played around with this muffin for a while before I nailed it.
I felt so good to be back in my kitchen this weekend with my beloved oven, Edna. I missed her and she missed me! I wanted to treat Sir Streusel to his favorite Bread Pudding, but with a twist. You can find his favorite Bread Pudding here. I wanted to add a little chocolate to it, for me!
I baked this for us to eat later in the day for dessert, but we dove straight in for breakfast! Continue reading Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding
He wanted Brownies. She wanted Chocolate Chip Cookies. She only wanted to bake one dessert. She wanted to make him happy after working a long hard week in freezing weather in Connecticut. After all, he is a Florida boy. She combined the wants and needs of these two lovebirds. She must be a BRILLIANT woman! This was the day that the Brownie met the Cookie. Brownie + Cookie equals “Brookie”, and Cookie + Brownie equals “Coonie.” Which is it?! I don’t know and I don’t care. All I know is we were two happy people that weekend. We each got what we wanted plus a bonus dessert. A bite into this baby and you get a taste of rich chocolate followed by a chocolate chip cookie. Have a mat on the ground ready to cushion your fall because you just…might…pass…out when you take a bite. At the very least you will groan, moan and your eyes will roll back in your head. It is just that good.
I was raised to respect the pecan. My two brothers, my sister, and I would pick them up off the ground and fill brown paper grocery bags until the pecans spilled over. My sweet Mama would take the pecans, in the bags, to be cracked and then……those darn bags came back home. Each of us four kids would have our own bag and we would proceed to pick the meat from the cracked shells. Cracked fingers, split fingernails, making sure the shell remnants fell back into the bags so there wouldn’t be a mess, was all involved in getting every little piece of meat we could salvage. But it was all worthwhile when Mama’s Pecan Pie appeared on the table. In our family, that pie has a place of honor on each and every holiday and often ‘just because we want a ‘Pecan Pie’ day. This dish is a quick way to get your Pecan Pie fix in a jiffy. There is no crust to prepare. Just a wonderful crisp topping covering that delicious pecan pie filling. Get ready to fall in love my friends. Remember, respect the pecan.
This dish is so easy to get on the table. In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the crumb topping, and in a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Place the pecan halves in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the syrup mixture over pecans. Top with the crumb topping.