McCafe Bread Pudding #McCafeMyWay

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Not only do I LOVE coffee, but I NEED coffee in my life. It doesn't matter how many hours I sleep, from the moment I wake up, I need coffee ASAP. Especially on school mornings, starting my coffee is one of the first things I do. Because I love my McCafé coffee so much I thought why not add it to one of my favorite desserts, bread pudding. 

This recipe is a variation of a very old family recipe. My husbands grandmother passed away just a few months ago and one of my favorite memories of her is when she showed me how to make her famous bread pudding. Her old school measuring style was a lot of measuring with her hands, so I had to watch very carefully and guestimate the actual measurements. 

This is what you'll need: 

Bread

Day old bread or slightly hardened - 1 loaf of french bread or 6 bolillo rolls torn apart

8 oz McCafé Coffee

6 Eggs

2 cups of milk

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of raisins

1 cup of crushed walnuts

1/4 cup of oil

2 tbsp of Vanilla

2 tbsp of Baking Soda

2 tsp of Cinnamon

This is my favorite kind of recipe, the kind where you just throw everything in one bowl and use your hands to mix. Don't try to use a spoon, trust me, you just need to get your hands dirty. 

Ready? Okay, here we go.

Step 1. Rip up all of the bread to fill a bowl. 

Step 2. Pour McCafé Coffee, Milk and Vanilla into the bowl and mix with your hands to make sure all of the bread is moist. 

Step 3. Add eggs, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, oil and mix. 

Step 4. Add raisins and walnuts and once again, dig in and get your hands dirty.

Step 5. Empty contents of the bowl into a 13x9 baking dish. The mixture should fill the pan. 

Step 6. Use an egg yolk to spread over the top of the mixture.

Step 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins, check the center with a toothpick and if necessary bake for another 20 minutes or so. It is delicious when it is warm, but I like to let it set for a bit before cutting. The bread pudding should be thick, moist and delicious. 

My favorite way to eat this bread pudding is in the morning with my coffee. I took this photo early in the morning, after serving my McCafé coffee in my favorite mug. This right here, is my "Me-Time" before the rush of the morning. It's important to carve out a little time for yourself during your day. It is the time of day I look forward to the most. I use my "me-time" to enjoy my coffee, reflect on my crazy life and watch the morning news. I savor these moments because before you know it, the kids will wake up and occupy every minute and thought of my day. 

I just love the aroma and the flavor of McCafé flavor. To me, the flavor is strong and rich, but not overwhelming. There is such a difference between instant coffee and brewed coffee and I am just in love with my McCafé coffee pods. I prefer medium roast and take mine with a little sugar and creamer.

 This bread pudding recipe that I am sharing is close to my husband's grandmother's recipe, but not the same, I don't think it will ever be exactly the same. I absolutely love the hint of coffee flavor from the McCafé that I added, but she probably would have so many notes for me, I could just hear her now.   

Recently while shopping at Walmart I was lucky enough to find an in store demo and got to sample McCafé coffee, even though I am already a fan, I couldn't just pass up an extra cup of coffee. Don't you just love when there are free samples while shopping? I love my coffee pods so much and I am so glad to have McCafé available in my own home. McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica Beans, harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world and now available at Walmart in 8 flavors to choose from.

Have you tried the new McCafé coffee yet? The aroma is everything, trust me and if you try my bread pudding, let me know. I'd love to hear how you enjoyed it! If you are looking for more fun food ideas for the Summer, head over to the Kick Off Your Summer Cookbook website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What's not to love? If you're looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

Celebrating my Hispanic Heritage con Mi Abuela #NuestroSabor #shop

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It's September, you know what that means? It's Hispanic Heritage Month! When I think about my heritage, mi abuela comes to mind.  Mi abuela never liked being called "abuela" she said it made her feel old. But, that's what she is, my grandma, mi abuelita. I have a lot of memories with my grandma from when I was growing up and I am so fortunate that I still have her around to visit, even though she doesn't speak English and I don't speak Spanish. Though we always seem to understand each other. On our recent visit I took her two of her favorite things: Coffee and dessert. Yup, that's a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
I learned a lot from my grandma in the kitchen, I am so thankful that she shared all of her best recipes with me and my mom. One thing my grandma doesn't do, is bake. Ever since I started baking cookies and sweets as a kid my grandma would always ask for her own stash of galletas.

This week I brought along two surprises for my visit with my grandma. I bought Nestle's Dulce de Leche Cheescake kit from Walmart and baked it with my little monsters the night before our visit. 
Besides the kit, you need butter, cream cheese and eggs and the box instructions are very easy to follow. You start with making the crust and everything else is really just mixing all of the ingredients together and then baking for about 30 minutes and refrigerating for 4 hours. I refrigerated over night before visiting my grandma. 
I also took our favorite Nescafe Clasico Coffee because I'm just like my my grandma, we LOVE our Nescafe coffee. Actually, the first time I tried coffee was with my grandma in Mexico. We were visiting my great grandpa (buelito) and we weren't allowed to drink the water, so the only thing we had to drink in the morning was Tampico orange juice and coffee, since it was made with boiled water. I was 11 years old when I shared my first cup of coffee with my grandma.
Mmm. What goes better with a slice of sweet Dulce de Leche Cheesecake than a nice hot cup of Nescafe Coffee?
Isn't my grandma cute? I have to admit, she kinda scared me when I was a kid. She was bigger than me and spoke another language and I always thought she was yelling. But, she never yelled at me. She has always loved me and made me feel special, she still calls me la reina.   
I am glad I got to spend some time with my grandma and hear all of her gossip while sharing some dessert. How do you celebrate your Hispanic heritage? What is your favorite recipe handed down from your abuela or abuelo?