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French Fridays with Dorie: Coupetade

Coupetade by Dorie Greenspan from Around my French Table for French Fridays with Dorie Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.com

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (coupétade – baked French toast bread pudding, p 419) was one I think I will have to re-make this weekend for Mothers’ Day. Because guess what? My mum loves bread pudding and guess what? She’s arriving for a quick visit tonight :) It’s a shame Dad won’t be with her because I think HE loved bread pudding the most, more than anyone!

Of course, I didn’t make a huge pudding – I minified this and made four teeny puddings which I was rather chuffed with. I mean, they are pretty darned cute, right?

Dorie Greenspan coupetade from Aroud my French Table for French Fridays with Dorie Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve actually made a similar recipe a couple of years ago when I created individual cinnamon-spice French toast pudding with maple caramelized apples for The Egg Farmers of Ontario‘s French Toast Challenge. Now those were pretty tasty but I didn’t make French toast out of the bread – it was more like French toast ingredients in a bread pudding. And whilst that was fantastic, I have to say, making French toast out of the bread first really elevates this dish. It’s SO good.

I used a raisin sourdough bread (no, I didn’t have time to make my own brioche this time but it’s on the cards next time, for sure) and cut the slices into tiny pieces which I dipped in the egg mixture and fried in butter. Mmmm. Butter

I made these in the morning and we had one each for dessert much later on. They were perfect at room temperature. I sent the other two with Neil to work for his lunches two other days this week and since I didn’t hear otherwise, I am going to assume they were just as tasty then too. Of course, I know they are best on the day they are made…

Dorie Greenspan coupetade Around my French Table French Fridays with Dorie Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.com

Will I make these again? Most likely I am making these at least once during my mum’s visit. And yes, I’ll minify them again!

 

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19 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Coupetade

  1. Cher May 10, 2013 at 05:23 #

    You must be very excited that your mom is coming for a visit.
    Of course, mini versions are always exciting… What’s NOT to love :-)

  2. Liz May 10, 2013 at 07:26 #

    Beautifully done as usual, Mardi! Perfect for Mother’s Day!

  3. Mr. Neil May 10, 2013 at 07:30 #

    Just to confirm, these were a hit (and envied) part of the Mr. Neil lunch bag.

  4. Anne Marie May 10, 2013 at 09:20 #

    They are so cute. My family put these in the make again column.

  5. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen May 10, 2013 at 10:21 #

    Mini versions are just perfect Mardi, not only are they cuter, but also easier to scale down. I liked the changes you made here! Have a good day with your mother!

  6. Trevor Sis. Boom. May 10, 2013 at 13:15 #

    Mardi, this is what happens when I stay up until midnight just to get a FFwD post up on time. I don’t have the benefit of everyone else’s efforts! I really failed to envision how this one was to have been done and didn’t like the way it “looked” in the prose. (I KNOW you know what I mean there.) But doing it this way, in minis, with a more ‘cubed’ approach is very artful and think even for a buffet it would be nice this way. And so easy to do a few of different varieties. OK, I wasn’t going to say this but I do think I’ll put this one on the next brunch menu. THANKS dear!

  7. Alice May 10, 2013 at 14:51 #

    I would rather make this is in “mini” as you did, next time Mardi! :) I like the individualized portions a bit more I think…

  8. Diane Balch May 10, 2013 at 16:07 #

    I think your minis and choice of bread are excellent. You see to have a greater ratio of pudding to bread which I think would have made this taste more dessert like for those of us who felt it was too breakfastY.

  9. Cakelaw May 10, 2013 at 17:23 #

    Hey, that’s great news about your Mum voming to visit for mother’s day. Hope you have a wonderful time together. I do like your minis. I made two minis just for me.

  10. Colette@JFF May 10, 2013 at 22:33 #

    Love the mini versions.

    Who knew bread pudding could be so cute?

  11. Teresa May 10, 2013 at 23:09 #

    I love your ‘minified’ version! So pretty in the ramekins. I also think that using raisin bread was a great idea, since dried fruit is already part of the dish. So nice that you’ll be able to share this with your mother!

  12. ayu | the spicy lemongrass May 11, 2013 at 01:16 #

    I minified mine too! Yours looks downright professional though :) Enjoy mother’s day with your mom.

  13. Rose May 11, 2013 at 05:59 #

    Very cute. I tried to cut the recipe in half and still felt like I had way too much. It’s not the first time I have wondered at Dorie’s portions.

  14. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons May 11, 2013 at 08:33 #

    Your Mum is a lucky lady! Enjoy your precious time together, Mardi. Now I just need to drop some subtle hints to my kids to make this!

  15. Mary Hirsch May 11, 2013 at 09:52 #

    What a great news flash – minified Coupétade. Definitely going into my notes on Dorie’s page 419 for next time – I try to return to the recipe after reading everyone else’s Posts and jot down the good ideas of others. I am always intriqued with new expressions and I must admit to never having heard the word, chuffed, before. Love how that word sounds. Have a good and quick week-end with your Mom. She will adore these minis. I know she will. Couldn’t you just slip one or two of those small ramekins into her purse for your Dad? Mr. Neil gave a thumbs up to your day-after minis in his lunch bag.

  16. Betsy May 11, 2013 at 15:54 #

    I love that you minified these. This is something I’m on my own to eat at home, so I’ll remember that for next time. Have fun with your mom!

  17. Tricia S. May 12, 2013 at 17:30 #

    I also am loving that you made mini versions- they were indeed cute and a great way to enjoy them at different times of the day while looking like a very special treat. And so fun that you could enjoy them with your visiting Mom- all the more special. I was chuckling at Mary’s comment because I was thinking the same – couldn’t she pack up a few for the trip home so you Dad could “taste test”. But just gives him another reason to come see you soon !

  18. Tammy May 14, 2013 at 02:06 #

    Totally love your minis!

  19. Dina May 14, 2013 at 10:13 #

    these are so cute! they sound delish too.

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