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Chocolate Bread Pudding

1 bag of Rossi Pasta Chocolate Bread made according to the directions on the bag,  Let bread sit for at least one day, two would be fine.

Beat up 6 eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup creme freche and 2 cups of whipping cream (or half and half will work also). Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of white chocolate chips, and 1 cup of dried cherries.

Preheat oven 350 degrees. When warm, bake for 35-45 minutes.

I made a hot fudge sauce and some whipped cream for toppings.

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Ricotta Cheese, Homemade
Recipe By: Williams Sonoma

Summary:

Fluffy, rich clouds of freshly made ricotta are so good you’ll want to sit there with a spoon and eat it like ice cream. This ricotta, made from whole milk and cream, is similar in texture and taste to ricotta made from whey. Everyone in your family, from the smallest to the tallest, will be amazed to see the curds form in the pot. And equally amazed when they eat it.

Ingredients:

1 gallon organic whole milk
2 cups organic heavy cream
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. organic distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

1. Pour the milk and cream into a large, heavy-bottomod nonreactive pot, set over medium-high heat and heat to just below boiling. Stir with a silicone spatula to keep the liquid from scorching. Just before the milk boils, the surface will start to foam and release steam. Check the temperature with an instant-read thermometer and remove the pot from the heat just shy of 185°F.

2. Add the vinegar and stir for 30 seconds. The curds will form almost immediately. Add the salt and stir for 30 seconds more. Cover the pot with a kitchen towel and let the curds stand at room temperature for 2 hours.

3. Line a colander with a large square of cheesecloth and place the colander over a large bowl to catch the draining liquid. Using a slotted spoon, gently transfer the curds from the pot to the colander. Let the ricotta drain for about 30 minutes.

4. Gather the cheesecloth by its corners and twist together to force out the liquid. When the liquid turns from clear to milky and the cheese starts to push through the cheesecloth, it has drained enough.

5. Remove the ricotta from the cheesecloth and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best when it is very fresh, but it can be saved for up to 1 week.

Sharon Pressman
sapressman@comcast.net

Homemade Ricotta Cheese-Sharon Pressman

Homemade Ricotta Cheese-Sharon Pressman

August 11, 2012      Sharon Holbert Pressman peach

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