Category Archives: Sweet bites

10 Minute or Less Bread Pudding With Rum Sauce

Bread pudding with rum sauce.

Bread pudding with rum sauce.

Bread pudding is one of my all time favorite desserts.  I hardly ever make it however because it takes a long time to bake and every recipe I have found makes enough to feed an army.  However I see much more bread pudding in my future (not sure if that’s a good or bad thing) because I have eliminated both of those problems with this recipe.  This recipe will make enough for two ordinary people to share or if home alone you could call it an individual portion.  I used raisins, bananas, and cherries in mine but use whatever extras you like pineapple, peaches, and pecans come to mind.  I use a coffee cup to cook the pudding but you could use to smaller ramekins for individual portions.  If you need more than two servings just double the recipe the appropriate number of times.  Enjoy! –Ben


Enough bread to fill inside of a large coffee cup torn to pieces.

1 Egg

1 Tbl Sugar

1 Tbl Brown Sugar

1/8 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Milk ( or Half and Half, or evaporated milk, just depends on how many calories you intake)

Raisins, Banana slices, and Cherries


Grease inside of coffee cup (I like to use soft butter because it is easy).  Fill coffee cup with torn bread. In separate bowl combine remaining ingredients except for raisins, bananas, and cherries.  Beat wet ingredients with whisk until well combined.  pour wet ingredients over bread, add fruit and use spoon to get everything mixed up well.  Set aside for 5 minutes to let bread soak up wet ingredients.  (Make rum sauce while waiting. Recipe follows.)  After the 5 minutes have passed microwave for 1 minute then check for doneness by inserting knife through middle of pudding.  If the knife comes out clean the pudding is done if not place back in microwave for 15 second intervals until finished.  I plated the pudding fancy for effect by placing a plate over the cup and inverting but I usually just consume straight out of the cup.

Rum Sauce


2 Tbl Butter

2 Tbl Brown Sugar

1 Tbl Rum


Combine all ingredients in microwave safe container and nuke for 1 minute or until butter melts and sugar is dissolved.  The sauce will thicken as it cools but to speed the process I usually through another small pat of butter on top and stir until it melts and combines.


Best Brownies {from scratch}

Best Brownies

My mother-in-law makes these brownies and they are pretty much the best I’ve ever had. His entire family loves it when she makes them so when Ben asked me to make dessert for Mother’s Day I decided I would make these for my family. They turned out great!


4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup shortening
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
nuts or chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cup) (I used chocolate chunks in mine)


Heat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9x2 pan. Melt chocolate and shortening in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar and vanilla then add eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients then fold in chocolate chips if using. Spread in pan. Sprinkle with more nuts or chocolate chips.

Bake 30 minutes or until brownies start to pull away from sides of pan. Do not over bake. Cool and cut.

These are seriously the best brownies and they were a great dessert for our holiday.


Chocolate Chip Strawberry Soda Cupcakes


Yesterday I was inspired to make some cupcakes since my birthday was coming up (today actually) and I already has some whipped vanilla frosting at home. I bought some strawberry cake mix but when I got home I found we were out of oil. I remembered seeing about mixing cake mix and soda before on Pinterest. Good thing we had just bought some soda the day before. I folded in some chocolate chips once it was all mixed up and they turned out pretty good, very light and fluffy.


1 box of cake mix (with pudding already in it is best) (I used strawberry this time)

1 can of soda (diet ginger ale in this case)

2/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. Spray muffin pan or cupcake liners. Mix soda and cake mix together. Divide evenly about 2/3 full in prepared cups. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool then frost.


This was a really sweet treat just in time for my birthday. I was surprised at how good the cake mix and the soda came out and I’m already planning my next flavor combinations.


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