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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What to do with the leftover Krispy Kremes

Delicious Krispy Kremes
Originally uploaded by The Daily Digress

My (almost) ten year old son O. had to sell Krispy Kremes to raise money for his choir trip. We could have just made a donation to alleviate the guilt, but I thought it might be one of those teaching moments. I try to be a decent parent, really. He needed to learn the lesson of hard work and earning the money to do the things that matter to him. So, twenty minutes before the order was due, I called all my relatives, threatened them and ended up with a very respectable order of 25 boxes, none of which they actually wanted. They wanted to just make a donation, but I forced them to buy doughnuts. To teach my kid a valuable lesson. Then I was stuck with a bunch of doughnuts, so I drove around our neighborhood, wasting gas and pawning them off on unsuspecting friends. Wisely, I turned that into a lesson about family members helping each other, because O. was home playing basketball and I made the X-Man take the doughnuts to our friends' doors. I gave him a script:

X-Man: Happy Doughnut Day!

Friend: [insert confused response from friend here]

X-Man: That's all you need to know! [run back to car]

We were still stuck with a lot of doughnuts. But I bet my kids really learned their lesson. Are you as confused as I am?

One of my friends enthusiastically accepted two boxes of doughnuts. She said she'd been wanting to try to make Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. So I had to try it. A quick Google search showed that a lot of people make Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and they all add sugar, which I thought seemed unsophisticated. The subtle sweetness of a Krispy Kreme doughnut must stand on its own. Here's what I did.

Sophisticated Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Butter a casserole dish and fill it with a dozen randomly torn Krispy Kremes. The beauty of this recipe is it's okay if they're a little bit stale. That's what bread pudding is all about. Sprinkle the following on the doughnuts:

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup chopped pecans

the zest of one lemon. You can just zest the lemon over the dish.

It should look about like this:

In a separate bowl, mix the following:

a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk.

2 eggs.

2 teaspoons lemon extract.

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

Blend that until the eggs are beaten. Pour that mixture over the Krispy Kremes.

Behold Exhibit 2:

Cook it for 30 to 40 minutes in an oven preheated to 350&def;. It's best served hot, although I had no problem finishing it off over the course of the day, spoonful by spoonful, right out of the dish. A dollop of not-too-sweet vanilla ice cream would have been a nice addition, but I didn't have any, which is probably a good thing. I would not add any sugar to the pudding, because that would be disgusting. Seriously.

And that is what you do with the leftover doughnuts you didn't want to begin with but I made you buy. To teach my kid a lesson.

Namasté, y'all!

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