The other day, Chef Debbie Lee excitedly tweeted, “Just figured out my dessert for the Eat My Blog holiday bake sale! Can’t wait.” In response, I tweeted back, “I hope it involves BACON and CARAMEL!” She baked individual-sized bacon coffee cakes with almond butterscotch drizzle for this past summer’s sale, and I was hoping for something deliciously similar.
Somewhere in a nearby corner of the Internet, Kristine de la Cruz of Crème Caramel LA heard my prayers and decided that I had to taste her latest creation: Caramelized Bacon and Salted Caramel Bread Pudding. And thus, a new friendship was quickly formed. Twitter has an amazing way of connecting folks in the food community, especially those with slightly unhealthy bacon obsessions.
On Sunday afternoon, Ms. de la Cruz delivered two still-warm-to-the-touch containers filled with freshly baked bread pudding for me to sample. I gotta say, girlfriend hooked me up fat.
As soon as she departed from my doorstep, I quickly snapped these shots and dug into the goods. Based on appearance alone, I knew this was going to be crazy good. The pillowy tufts of brioche (from The Village Bakery & Cafe) were painted with a glossy caramel sheen, while the pieces of Cajun bacon (from Cast Iron Gourmet LA) were sliced nice and thick. Not to mention, the smells emanating from the little paper containers were completely intoxicating.
One forkful and I was totally blissed out—Ms. de la Cruz really hit this one out of the ballpark! Buttery, sweet, warm, salty, soft, and smoky, it was as if the bread pudding was calculated precisely to make me crumble to little pieces.
To get your grubby little fingers on Crème Caramel LA’s thoroughly awesome delights, be sure to arrive early at the Eat My Blog bake sale on December 4 where their signature creme caramel, original bread pudding, and chocolate bread pudding will be on offer. Also, the company will be setting up shop at Artisinal LA on December 11 and 12. And of course, orders can be placed on Crème Caramel LA’s website as well.
Tis the season to be gluttonous! Woo hoo!