Another example of the most comforting dishes being the worst to photograph.
Oh, I tried. Intact, in the dish. Scooped out, on plates. Many angles of light. Close up; out far.
This is homely food.
It's Deborah Madison's recipe for savory bread pudding from Local Flavors, made with the ultimate spring ingredients of morels, asparagus and green garlic. Well, of course, plus bread, eggs, milk, shallots and Gruyere cheese. Oh, and butter. Pepper. Salt.
We've used Madison's technique a zillion times, but this is the first time we've ever followed her ingredients list exactly.
I am a dumb, dumb bunny.
Madison is a genius.
I have loved every one of the riffs I've ever done on her bread pudding, but this one was Da Bomb.
Please, follow Deborah Madison's recipes to a T the first time you try them. She's that good.
Then you can experiment.
I have to wonder what it's like in Madison's kitchen when she's working up recipes. Does she just KNOW what to do, or does she fool around a million times until it's perfect?
I'm guessing she just knows.