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Monday, May 18, 2015


Pretty soon it will be time to start harvesting rhubarb or purchasing it at your local farmers market or supermarket. Molly MacRae, who writes the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, contributed a recipe for Rhubarb Sourdough Bread Pudding in Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. Today she shares the recipe here. Learn more about Molly and her books at her website

Rhubarb Sourdough Bread Pudding

12 ounces sourdough bread ripped into 1/2”-1” pieces
1-1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoon butter
5 eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
4 cups rhubarb*, chopped
1/2 cup raw or brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

*Only use the fleshy red stems. Some rhubarb is sold with the leaves still on. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous.

Spread bread on a cookie sheet and lightly toast. Place in a greased 3 qt. casserole dish.

Melt butter with milk. Pour over bread in casserole.

Mix together eggs, sugar, salt, and zest. Stir in rhubarb and ginger. Stir rhubarb and egg mixture into bread mixture. Top with sugar and pecans.

Bake for 55-60 minutes until set.

Knot the Usual Suspects
In the latest from the bestselling author of Plagued by Quilt, Kath Rutledge yarn bombs Blue Plum, Tennessee—and gets tangled up in the mystery of a bumped-off bagpiper.

It’s time for Handmade Blue Plum, an annual arts and crafts fair, and Kath and her knitting group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) plan to kick off the festivities with a yarn bombing. But they’re not the only ones needling Blue Plum. Bagpiper and former resident Hugh McPhee had just returned after a long absence, yet his reception is anything but cozy. The morning after his arrival, he’s found dead in full piper’s regalia.

Although shaken, Kath and her knitting group go forward with their yarn installation—only to hit a deadly snag. Now, with the help of Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, Kath and TGIF need to unravel the mystery before someone else gets kilt!

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Bake, Love, Write:
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What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

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Angela Adams said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe! Bread pudding actually reminds me of winter time at my grandmother's house. She would make it as a quick treat.

Molly MacRae said...

Glad you like the sound of it, Angela. It really is delicious! Bread pudding is one of those nice old comfort foods, isn't i?