Everyone loves a great holiday recipe, so today we have one for bread pudding you'll really enjoy. Where'd we get it? Not from Paula Deen's buttery kitchen. Not from some rotund New York pastry chef.
Nope, this delectable confection comes from (record scratch!) the website for Muscle & Fitness magazine.
That's right. The people at Muscle & Fitness suggest you eat bread pudding. All week, this recipe has been on the front of its website, in the "Nutrition" section right under "Tofu Noodle Bowl" and "Slow Cooker Buffalo Vegetable Stew."
The pudding is labeled "An ideal muscle building dessert."
You probably think there's a catch, like maybe this is a recipe for lean turkey bread pudding -- bread and pudding not included.
5 cups French bread cubes
2 cups fat-free evaporated milk
1⁄2 cup egg substitute
1⁄3 cup brown sugar
1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
11⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
1⁄3 cup raisins
Butter-flavored vegetable cooking spray
Prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for five minutes or until toasted.
Start: Meanwhile, combine milk and next five ingredients; beat with a wire whisk. Stir in bread and raisins. Spoon into eight 6-ounce custard cups coated with cooking spray. Place cups in a shallow pan and add hot water to pan to depth of 3⁄4 inch.
Cook: Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
(Don't forget to serve with the Whiskey Sauce!)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. reduced-calorie margarine
3⁄4 cup water
1⁄4 cup whiskey
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Serve warm over bread pudding.
And the note at the very top of the recipe says, "Goal: Mass Gain."
Because if there's one thing that most people need help with over the holidays, it's a way to gain mass.
"Bread Pudding is exactly how I got in such amazing shape," Arnold Schwarzenegger definitely never said.
Let's give some credit to the recipe writer, Laura Creavalle, for trying to make the bread pudding sound healthier with the use of egg substitute and fat-free evaporated milk, but it's hard to believe a fitness site would endorse the sugar and alcohol-laden sauce. If you need help gaining mass, you probably shouldn't be allowed around free weights without supervision anyway.
By the way, Creavalle is not only in incredible shape, she's also got a whole list of tempting recipes at the ready. Just imagine her life: Wake up, crush some homemade bread pudding, bench press a small Volvo, and then win a bodybuilding contest before catering the judges' reception.
Stay tuned for Muscle & Fitness's recipe for how to lose mass. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but it's a picture of a single kale leaf.
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