I was invited to Toronto by Silk Canada to take part on a Silk baking event using Chocolate Silk products. I felt honored they would want to have me involved and I was excited to be part of it all. I met many amazing people and learned so much.
I love Silk products, mainly their almond milk. I love all the health benefits it provides and I love the taste. I use Silk in my shakes, cereal, making eggs and mac & cheese, but I’ve never thought about using it to bake and I never thought of using chocolate silk milk for baking. With the holidays here I now have 6 new delicious recipes to prepare and share with my family and friends. I will be sharing the recipe I made below. If you want to see more I encourage you all to join Silk Canada’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/silkcanada) on December 11th from 7-9PM EST to talk about baking with Silk, the recipes we used and answer any other baking questions you might have.
That is goofy baker “me”. I was very excited to be there and work with some many great people. (Please see the shout outs below to learn about who else was there!)
When I first got there we had time to talk with each to each other and learn more about who we all were. There were 8 of us in total. There was two foodie bloggers, a fitness expert, 3 cupcake truck people, one other I didn’t have the chance to talk to as much and then there was me. We were then divided up into teams of two. Each of us were paired with one of the bakers (from the cupcake trucks). And then we were assigned a different recipe. I was paired up with Natalie from the Cupcake Diner and we made Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding.
I wasn’t so sure I was going to like this recipe I never had Bread Pudding, mainly because I don’t like mushy textures. But I gave it a try. The recipe was very easy to follow. It was easy enough I will be making this with my children. After it all was done we all got to try it, believe it or not I LOVED the bread pudding!! I not only loved the taste of the bread and chocolate combo but I really loved how the dried cherries plumped up and were full of flavor with each bite. Plus the pecans add a nice crunch to the softer bead texture. I brought some home for my family and they ate it all up, wanting more. The photo below is a professional photo of the actual Bread Pudding we made. So cool to see my creation looking so professional.
3 Cups- Silk Chocolate
1/3 Cup- Dried unsweetened cherries
1/2 Cup- Chocolate chips
1/2 Cup- Chopped pecans
3- Large eggs
1/2 Cup- Sugar
4 Cups- 1/2 inch Bread Cubes (use challah or white bread, crust removed)
1 tbsp- Light brown sugar
1 tsp- Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F. Place 3 Cups of the bread cubes in a greased 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking dish. Tuck the cherries in between the bread pieces and sprinkle with the chocolate chunks. Top with remaining bread cubes.
Whisk the eggs with the Silk, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour liquid over the bread and let site for 15-20 minutes. Press down on the bread a few times to wet the tops of the cubes.
Scatter the pecans evenly over the pudding and sprinkle with the light brown sugar. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until puffed, golden brown and firm in the centre.
Doesn’t that look amazing? One of my other favorite desserts that was made was the Chocolate Cinnamon Cake (see photo below), I could have eaten the whole dish. Some of the other recipes you’ll be able to find at Silk Canada’s facebook page are Warm Raspberry- Chocolate pudding cake, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry Muffins, Silk Chocolate Truffles and Silk Chocolate Pudding.
Thank you Silk Canada for such an amazing time and for allowing to share my story. Also a shout out to Natalie from the Cupcake Diner, Eva Redpath, Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Isabelle from Crumb: A Food Blog, Alexa Clark and Curbside Bliss Cupcakes. (Sorry if I missed anyone)
Disclaimer- For taking part of this event I was gifted with coupons, baking supplies and other products. Regardless this reflect my personal and honest opinion. Photos from this event were provided by Silk Canada.