I’m so not into Valentine’s Day this year.
I’ve never really been a fan of the holiday anyway, but after getting divorced it feels like a big fat slap in the face. It makes me feel kind of pathetic and lonely truth be told.
To make matters worse I have to work all day. In a restaurant which will be filled with couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. Like why don’t we just rub it in a little!?
But you know what they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So here you go. This is what I would make for you if you were my Valentine…
Don’t say I never gave you anything!
8 oz. croissants
½ c. sugar
1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream
1 c. whole milk
½ c. almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
6 oz. fresh raspberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-qt. baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Fill a large roasting pan with enough water to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish and set aside.
Cut the croissants into 3” cubes and scatter them onto a baking sheet. Toast them until lightly golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. In a large measuring cup, combine heavy whipping cream, milk, almond milk, vanilla, and salt.
Gradually whisk the cream/milk mixture into the egg mixture till smooth and well combined. This will form the custard as the bread pudding bakes, so you want it to be free of lumps. Feel free to run the mixture through a fine mesh sieve if you need to.
Add the bread cubes, tossing gently to coat, and let soak until they have absorbed all of the liquid, about 15-20 minutes. Gently fold to make sure they get evenly coated about halfway through the soak time.
Pour half of the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle half the raspberries in an even layer across the top. Repeat the layers with the remaining pudding and raspberries.
Place the baking dish gently inside the prepared roasting pan, making sure the water bath goes only halfway up the side of the baking dish. Place in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown and the custard is set, 45-50 minutes. Remove from the water bath and serve immediately.
Where do you weigh in on Valentine’s Day? Love it or leave it?