One of our Sundays with Joy recipes to make was Chewy Coconut Almond Raisin Granola Bars. With a title like that one thing was certain – these granola bars would be tasty! I improvised on this recipe a little bit – it was what I had on hand and you will see why a simple and straightforward recipe took me hours. Yes, hours!
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At first glance I thought this bread pudding recipe was much too difficult to complete. I was imagining making a custard of sorts, tempering that with chocolate, baking in a water bath. It was too much for my sleep deprived brain to pull off. As I read through and started to actually process Joy the Baker’s recipe for the fifth time (insert new Mom, no sleep, blah blah, here) and somehow it suddenly seemed less daunting and completely manageable. Maybe I was delusional? There were no zingers in this recipe – no fussiness, no frills. I threw on the Moby wrap, added in NQG Bebe and I got to work.
This is really happening, friends! I am typing my first food post since the arrival of NQG Bebe. I am typing fast as I am want to do with all things lately. Eating, sleeping, house things, cooking…you never know when the baby will rouse to eat again! In an effort to calm and slow things down I stepped into the kitchen yesterday as the baby slept (a miracle!). I knew I could tackle an elaborate recipe but needed something – anything – to feel human again.
<Insert Sundays with Joy recipe from a long time ago – Cocoa Almond Granola>
Growing up I remember being a master when it came to making pudding. It went something like this: open a box of instant sugar free pudding which was usually chocolate (but sometimes the weird green pistachio), add in milk, whisk for a minute or two then set in the fridge until ready. Back then I prefered cool whip over real whipped cream. Somewhere along the way I grew up. I ditched the packaged and processed goods for the real stuff – cocoa, milk, cornstarch and cream. The little kid in me was ecstatic to make this pudding from Joy Wilson’s cookbook…there were chocolate sandwich cookies involved!