For those of you outside the Gulf Coast area, here’s the short version of what you need to know about Mardi Gras.
1. American Mardi Gras was first celebrated in MOBILE, ALABAMA and NOT New Orleans.
And that’s all you need to know.
Between Mobile and Baldwin Counties, I think there are over 50 parades to attend. All those Moon Pies add up, so here is a recipe for all those left over Moon Pies – ha! As if we have any leftovers!
Mobile Moon Pie Bread Pudding
10 – 15 Moon Pies, cut into 1/2 inch pieces – Any flavor will do, I prefer the original or banana.
6 cups day old French Bread, cubed
1 1/2 c whole milk (or heavy cream if you are in need of more sweetness and calories!)
1/2 c sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 T vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla, baking. In a separate bowl, place bread cubes. Pour egg and milk mixture gently over bread and gently fold until all bread is moistened. Pour this mixture into a buttered rectangle baking dish. At this point, gently push moon pie pieces down throughout the mixture, being careful not to break them.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
*Some recipes call for baking at a lower temperature in a water bath, but with Moon Pies, I think the regular method works well.
Here is the link to the Mobile Carnival Museum’s web site. You will hear a great song about Mobile.
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