Each time I find myself on the far west side of Nashville, I like to treat myself to a visit to McKay's used bookstore. It's a treasure trove full of books, audio books, DVDs, comic books and video games for sale as little as a nickle. On a recent visit, I found an adorable first edition cookbook filled not only with recipes, but adorable watercolor illustrations and pithy quotes. It's Autumn by Susan Branch. I would love to meet Ms Branch. I think we are kindred spirits, Sistahs!
One of the recipes captured my fancy and even though I don't have a working oven at the moment (lightning strike), I had to make it.
Out comes my precious, red "Easy Bake Oven" to make Indian Pudding.
The hardest part of this recipe was adjusting ingredients to fit the pan that fits in the Easy Bake Oven, adjusting the bake time to accommodate the smaller pan, and then to turn the oven back on every 15 minutes. The oven's timer won't allow it to bake any longer.
And even though the recipe doesn't call for it, I added some vanilla. When I make it again, I may add a little sugar, too. Or maybe not. Indian Pudding is pretty delicious.
I only had golden raisins, but they worked fine.
While taking this shot I dropped my iPhone in the pan. Thank you Jesus and God in heaven above for LifeProof phone cases! Penelope Petals survived and so did my fingers reaching in to the near boiling milk to retrieve her. I don't think I have moved so quickly in my life.
Note to self: Make sure the Easy Bake Oven is set to "Bake." "Broil" does not work. Top of the pudding a bit, um, crusty.
I didn't have any vanilla ice cream to serve with it, but the coffee ice cream complimented it beautifully.
And who knew? November 13 is National Indian Pudding Day!!!