This is the time of the year when we are getting ready for Passover by frantically searching for ways to use up leftover bread. Fortunately, I don’t have that much, but I was asked by some Beautiful People for a bread pudding recipe, so for lack of bread to make a new one, I am repeating one of the very few chocolate-less recipes I have. Enjoy!
Napoleon invaded Russia and lost. Embarrassed and frustrated, he declared that it wasn’t the Russian generals who had defeated the hitherto victorious French army, but General Frost – the harsh Russian winter.
Some of the non-military, auxiliary French personnel decided not to risk frostbites or even death, and to remain in Russia. A barber is a barber, they figured, and a French chef is always a French chef, and a whiff of civilization will only benefit the Russian bear. The bear proved quite appreciative, and a French chef Marie-Antoine Carême got a coveted position at the emperor’s court – the Russian emperor’s, Tzar Alexander I The Blessed.
The Tzar ordered his new chef to create a dessert that would be definitively and recognizably not French. The chef encountered a problem: there was no flour left in the royal pantry. “Don’t be silly, – advised his sous chef, also French, – make…
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