Where will you be on the day? Right now my family is playing hot potato, delaying the decision until some neurotic A personality (moi) can no longer bear the suspense and comes down hard.
In the meantime, make something for the morning that will suffuse your home with scents of gratitude.
Pumpkin bread pudding with salty caramel sauce.
Inspired by the Little Flower Co.
Cube stale challah or brioche, enough for five cups. Set out to dry further.
In a larger mixing bowl combine:
1/2 teaspoon cinammon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice or mace, a smattering of nutmeg and a crush of cloves.
Stir in a cup of half and half, half a cup brown sugar, half a can pumpkin puree (plain, unseasoned).
Stir in the cubed bread, and let it soak in for 10 minutes or so. Pour into a buttered 8 x 8 pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven until firm all the way through, 30-45 minutes. Remove and cool until you can no longer contain yourself.
While it's baking, make the salty caramel sauce. The best recipe in the world for this is right here.
The secret? DON'T STIR it while it's coming to a boil!
Your family will thank you. And if they don't, eat the whole damn thing yourself.
Not up to the challenge? There's always caramel corn for breakfast--
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