To celebrate the upcoming holidays, I’m giving away two copies of the Romantic Prairie Cookbook by Fifi O’Neill!! Fifi has graciously shared pictures from the book with me, along with her delectable recipe for bread pudding. (This post contains affiliate links.)
I’m so excited to give away two copies of this book. To enter for a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. The winner will be announced the morning of New Year’s Day. What a great way to start 2021, right?
Romantic prairie cooking is all about gathering fresh vegetables and herbs grown from the garden and whipping up recipes that are a reflection of the prairie way of life. According to the book,
The Romantic Prairie Cookbook champions environmental harmony and celebrates the land by using homegrown flavorful ingredients taken directly from fields to table, as was customary centuries ago when living off the land and home cooking were essential to survival.
Fifi traveled from farm to homestead to collect this unique collection of seasonal recipes to enjoy throughout the year. Bread pudding is perfect for Christmas (or really, anytime of year that you crave comfort food). The recipe is at the end of this post.
I know many of you are fans of Fifi, whose Florida cottage I featured not so long ago. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her cookbook as much as you love her decorating style.
And speaking of that style, here’s a few photos of Fifi’s Christmas decorations. Her mantel is all dressed for the holidays.
Dried orange slices hang from the rustic Christmas tree made from twigs and branches. Berries, acorns, and other items foraged from the prairie make perfect, organic Christmas ornaments that don’t cost a dime.
Red check gingham ribbon holds a red-beaded heart in place on the back of a white vintage chair. It’s simple ornamentation like this that sings to my vintage-loving heart.
You’ll find more beautiful photography and plenty of mouth-watering recipes in The Romantic Prairie Cookbook. As promised, here’s the recipe for bread pudding from the cookbook that you can make for Christmas Day – or any other occasion for that matter.
Bread Pudding: Comfort in a Bowl
- 4 cups stale cubed bread (most bread will work; croissants, brioches and Italian panettone are also excellent)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup rum
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
- 4 eggs beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the cubed bread in a large bowl.
In a large pan, blend together the cream, butter, vanilla extract, rum, cinnamon, sugar and raisins, and heat until simmering. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow mixture to cool slightly. Add the beaten eggs and stir well.
Bake for 45 minutes until the top of the bread pudding forms a golden crust. Serve hot, topping with additional cream or ice cream, if desired.
To enter for a chance to win one of two copies of The Romantic Prairie Cookbook, simply leave a comment below. The winners will be announced on the morning of New Year’s Day! You can also purchase a copy of the book for yourself or a friend on Amazon: