Dear SOS: Pisces restaurant in the Barbados, West Indies, serves a wonderful bread pudding topped with rum sauce. I would love to try this variation. Can you help?
Dear Nedra: Pisces sent us this recipe, which, because of its lightness, falls quickly like a souffle. PISCES BREAD PUDDING CREOLE
3/4 cup raisins
4 cups (1/2-inch) bread cubes
3 cups milk
7 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup melted butter, cooled
Presoak raisins in rum to cover 10 minutes, then drain, reserving 1/2 cup rum for sauce. Combine bread cubes with milk. Let stand 2 hours or overnight.
Beat eggs with sugar and butter. Add to milk mixture with drained raisins. Pour into well-greased individual dishes and bake at 375 degrees 45 minutes or until puffed and brown. Serve with Rum Sauce. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
1/4 cup soft butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
Rum reserved from raisins
Cream together butter, sugar and egg until light in top of double boiler. Stir in rum reserved from raisins and cook over simmering water until mixture thickens. Serve hot in sauce boat with pudding. Makes 3/4 cup sauce.
Dear SOS: Please print a recipe for Honeyed Nuts. I would like to prepare them for Christmas.
Dear Mrs. E.R.C.: A rush order for Christmas.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups walnut halves, pecan halves or other nuts
Combine sugar, salt, honey and water in saucepan. Cook, uncovered to 242 degrees on candy thermometer, or to firm-soft ball stage. Remove from heat, add vanilla and nuts and stir until creamy. Turn out onto waxed paper and separate nuts with two forks as they cool. Makes about 1 quart.
Dear SOS: I lost the recipe for a delicious fudge made with mashed potatoes. I believe the white or chocolate fudge contained coconut. I hope you have the recipe in your file.
Dear Janice: Yes, we do, and we're happy to replace your lost recipe.
1/4 cup hot mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
Mix potatoes and butter in bowl. Add sugar gradually and beat until well blended. Add vanilla, salt and coconut. Pack in greased 8x4-inch loaf pan. Spread chocolate over top. Chill until chocolate is firm. Cut in squares. Makes 1 1/4 pounds.
Note: If desired 4 squares candy-making chocolate, melted, may be substituted for unsweetened chocolate in recipe.