Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Today’s recipe I am sharing with you is delicious and a great way to use up stale bread or cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces crustless bread, cut into large chunks (about 4 large cinnamon rolls)
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup raisins, preferably soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes until plump
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

These are the leftover cinnamon rolls that I made a couple weeks ago. The only reason I had leftovers is that I’m not really a cinnamon-roll-a-day kind of person, and after snacking on them for a few days I had to get my gluttonous tendencies in check. So I made bread pudding. Makes perfect sense, right?

Cut the crust off the rolls, and cut them into about 1″ cubes.

Crack 7 large eggs into a big bowl. Lightly beat them.

Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

Add the nutmeg and cinnamon. I didn’t actually measure the nutmeg, but I grated somewhere between 2/3 to 3/4 of a whole seed. It was pretty strong on the nutmeg flavor, which I really liked, but you could reduce the amount of nutmeg if you’d prefer the cinnamon to shine through more.
Did you know that both mace and nutmeg come from the same plant? And they grow on an evergreen tree? The old’ Myristica fragrans is the only tropical plant that’s the source of two spices. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Stir the egg/milk/sugar/spice mixture until everything is combined, and then pour it over the bread and raisins in a large bowl. Use a spoon to push down any bread that isn’t submerged, and let the mixture hang out for at least 20 minutes and as long as overnight.

Pour the mixture into a greased 11x7x2-inch* glass dish, cover it with foil, and put it in a cold 350 oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for about 35 minutes, until the top is puffed golden brown.
*If you only have a 9×13-inch dish, that should work as well. You might need to adjust the baking time, though.

I took mine out a little too early, which I didn’t realize until I started cutting pieces from the edges and the runny center rushed to fill the newly vacant space in the dish. If that’s the case, just throw it back in until the center is set.

The original recipe calls for a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of toasted pecans to top it off…

But we went with vanilla ice cream. There was also a bottle of chocolate syrup that was passed around, but for some reason I resisted.

If you liked the recipe share your reviews here.

Quick Recipe: Apple Butter Bread

Today, I will share with you another fruit bread recipe. If you liked my previous Cheese Biryani Recipe then you will love it.

Apple Butter Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Cream butter and brown sugar add an egg to the mixture and beat well.
  2.  You have to now combine buttermilk with the baking soda slowly.
  3. Combine flour and spices into the mixture.
  4. Stir in apple butter and chopped pecans.
  5. Pour into greased 8 x 6 x 4 inch loaf into the pan.
  6. Bake the loaf at 360 degrees F for 1 hour and 20 minutes till a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan 5 minutes remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Yield:

1 loaf (9 servings). Per Serving:

  • 411 Calories 16g Fat (33.7% calories from fat)
  • 5g Protein
  • 65g Carbohydrate
  • 2g Dietary Fiber
  • 49mg Cholesterol
  • 422mg
  • Sodium Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain (Starch) 0 Lean Meat 0 Non-Fat Milk 3 Fat 2 1/2
  • Other Carbohydrates

Asian Delight: Cheese Biryani

This yummy dish is a favorite one for children and can be served as a main meal or as a side dish by adjusting the portions. It can be a perfect dish that can be served at Sunday Brunch.

Cheese Biryani

Ingredients

  • 40g butter
  • 600ml full cream milk
  • salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste
  • 300g Paneer/ Cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 500g rice
  • Herbs, Onion

Method Preparation Herbs

1. Melt butter over low heat in a saucepan.

2. Add herbs and stir with a wooden spatula. Cook, stirring for about 5 mins or until the mixture becomes brownish.

3. Pour in cold milk stir and season to taste. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring occasionally with the wooden spatula.

4. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 mins to cool. Stir and add half the cheese and panner.

Biryani

1. Cook the rice in salted water according to package instructions. Drain well.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine rice, prepared herbs. Mix well and pour into a buttered, container.

3. Top with remaining cheese. Place in the container and cover with foil.

4. Cook the Biryani on Coal pieces for better taste,  serve with onion and tomatoes over the top of Biryani and enjoy hot.

7 Tips for Choosing a Rain Showerhead

A Rain Showerhead is one of the best ways to ensure that your whole body is covered while taking a bath and provides a great look to your bathroom too.

Rain Shower

Want to learn a few more reasons why you should consider a rain showerhead? Here are a few advantages of using a rain showerhead at home:

1. Better Coverage

Since a rain showerhead is designed in a way that it lies directly above your head, it provides you a better shower and coverage than a standard showerhead.

Usually, a rain showerhead comes in a square size and measures around 8×8 inches, it also has a radius of only 2 inches as compared to a standard showerhead. Since it provides you more coverage, you are bound to enjoy more while bathing and there is no need to adjust the shower head while bathing anymore.

All you have to do is stand still beneath the rain showerhead, no need to move side from side anymore too to get your body parts wet.

2. Different water flow rates

If you consider a good high-quality rain shower head, then you would also have options for different water flow settings. You have an option to use a higher water spray if you want a good strong shower and you can use a lower spray setting if you are more conscious about the water wastage.

3. Looks attractive

It comes in different shapes and sizes and looks better than a standard showerhead. So, if you get a showerhead with an elegant style and finish then you can easily enhance the look of your bathroom.

4. Factors to Consider when choosing a Rain Showerhead

So, now that you know about the advantages of having a rain showerhead, let’s talk about factors and features that one must consider when selecting a good rain showerhead for themselves. Here are a few things that you need to consider:

5. Determine the Showerhead Size

The size of your rain showerhead will determine the coverage of your showerhead. If you select a larger sized rain showerhead, then you would obviously have much more coverage.

If you are conscious about wasting water, then you can consider a rain shower head which would cover your body perfectly without wasting water. An 8×8 inches rain showerhead is usually an ideal size.

6. Consider the appropriate Style and Finish

Rain Showerheads come in different styles and finishes which makes it more attractive and appealing than a standard showerhead. So, you can buy a rain showerhead which complements your bathroom and makes it look more appealing.

Style and Finish

If you have chrome bathroom accessories, then make sure that you buy a chrome finish rain showerhead to complement your bathroom.

7. Consider the Water Flow Configuration

As discussed earlier, a rain showerhead includes different water flow settings which makes it more convenient to use. However, if you don’t require a lot of water flow settings, then you can simply use a rain showerhead with a single water flow configuration. You can also look for a showerhead with multiple spray options if you would like to have the option of using different water flow settings.

Stay tuned on Spasie for more helpful tips.

5 Features to consider when buying a Kitchen Faucet

Are you looking for a good-quality Kitchen Faucet for your Kitchen? Not sure what you are looking for exactly? Well, that is not a problem because everyone faces this problem in the start. You are new to the whole Kitchen Faucet market and you aren’t sure what things to look out for.

That is why we have prepared this list of features that you need to consider when trying to find a good a Kitchen Faucet for your kitchen:

Easy Installation and Repair

The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you are going to install or repair your Kitchen Faucet yourself? If the answer is yes, then it is crucial that you select a Kitchen Faucet that is easy to install and replace. This is easy to find because most new faucets are designed so that they can be installed quickly and automatically. However, it is important to find a Kitchen Faucet which comes with detailed instructions so that it will become easier for you to understand and install it in your kitchen.

Sinkhole Configuration

The next thing that you need to consider when buying a Kitchen faucet is the number of holes available in your sink.

This is important because if you buy a kitchen faucet which requires 3 sinkholes but your sink has only 1 or 2 holes then you won’t be able to install the kitchen faucet. So, make sure that you check your sink configuration and then buy a kitchen faucet which is compatible with it.

Number of Handles required

The next feature to consider is the number of handles that you require in your Kitchen Faucet. If you want to multitask and want to use just one hand to control your faucet’s water flow and temperature, then a single handle kitchen faucet is ideal for you. However, if you are looking for a kitchen faucet with separate handles for hot and cold water, then a double handle kitchen faucet would be the right one.

Sprayer or no Sprayer

Another feature to consider is the sprayer that comes with a lot of kitchen faucets. A sprayer is useful for people who want to access more sink area.

Kitchen Sprayer

You have  3 options available if you are looking for a kitchen faucet with a sprayer, i.e., a pull-out kitchen faucet, pull-down kitchen faucet and a kitchen faucet with side sprayer.

Water Filtration System

One of the most important feature to consider when buying a Kitchen Faucet is the water filtration system. A water filtration system will make sure that you get clean and germ-free water whenever needed and will be really helpful in reducing diseases that are caused due to impure water.

A lot of kitchen faucets now use the in-built water filtration systems and provide you with clean water to use. So, make sure that you choose a kitchen faucet which comes with this technology.

So, now that you know all about the features that you need to look out for, why not go and find the perfect Kitchen Faucet for your home?

Please share your valuable feedback here.

WELCOME TO [SPASIE]

Located in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD, [spasie] is the city’s first (and only) underground restaurant and private event space bringing top South African chefs and rising stars into our kitchens for two nights each week to create culinary magic. What do we do the other 5 nights? Read on, friend.

PRIVATE EVENTS

From birthday dinners to bachelorette parties, corporate lunches to proposal dinners, [spasie] is the perfect place to host your private function. Our space is a blank canvas that transforms to our client’s needs and our experienced team of event directors is here to guide you.

[spasie] can accommodate around 60 guests for a seated dinner, 150 auditorium style for a guest speaker or movie screening and 120 comfortably for cocktails and canapés but the best thing to do is pop in and see for yourself over a cup of delicious HAAS coffee on the house.

EXCLUSIVE CHEF’S TABLE

Designed as a culinary playground for South Africa’s top chefs and young, rising stars, we open up our kitchen for two nights only each week and allow these industry leaders to step in and create magic. The result is your chance to feast on what some of this country’s top talent dreams of making outside their normal restaurant kitchens paired perfectly with some of the Western Cape’s top wine farms.

Our open plan kitchen and relaxed, underground ambiance put you in direct contact with the chef as they serve as your culinary guide for the evening and then share a glass of wine with you over dessert.

UNDERGROUND SPEAKEASY

Every Wednesday, we host an invite-only, underground speakeasy known as #PWW or Pocket Watch Wednesdays. We’ve got gourmet street food from the likes of The Chef’s Bench and Santa Anna’s, the naughtiest card game we know, Cards Against Humanity and a giant Twister Board.

How do you get in? Well, you need to score one of our signature Pocket Watches or know someone in the know, you know.

SUNDAY BRUNCH

By far one of our favourite meals of the week is Sunday Brunch. Executive chef Nicolas Charalambous and team have whipped up a traditional New York style Sunday Brunch just steps from the CBD in Bo-Kaap filled with fresh, local and responsibly farmed ingredients and, of course, bottomless bubbles, our marvellous mimosas and unlimited access to our DIY Bloody Mary Bar featuring both bacon and cucumber infused Vodkas.

[spasie] is open for Brunch every Sunday from 11 am until 3 pm.  To make a booking, simply email us on hello@spasie.co or phone us on 021.422.1492.