Can’t get nothing past you….


So I guess I never really planned on bringing it up, but due to people being highly observant and the overwhelming amount of email that I received, I will address it.

Yep, I weigh less. A lot less. Apparently some of you noticed this when I posted the picture of me in my glasses. :D

No I did not have weight loss surgery (the most common question asked). I did it the old fashion way, move more, eat less.
I, as you know, have always been what one may refer to as a fat advocate. Meaning that if you are truly content with your size and are healthy then be whatever size you want to be. So last year in March I wrote a post about how I got an abscessed tooth and lost 7 pounds in two days. What I didn’t say is that while I was at the doctors office they freaked me out. See, I have always had great health numbers, no matter what size I was. My guess is because I stay active. But when I went in for my tooth pain my blood pressure was sky high. The Urgent Care doctor insisted that it was my weight and not the tooth that was causing this. He freaked me out to say the least hitting me with “this is the only heart you have”. He sent me home with water pills (which I didn’t take) and told me to go to my primary care physician the next week. Which I did. Only to have my blood pressure be 116/73.

So technically my health was fine but I took it as a sign. Most of my adult life I have been on a medication that made me gain weight. I told my doctor enough is enough and I didn’t want to take it anymore, find me an alternative. Which is why I eat raw vegan until 5 pm every day. It gives me the energy the medication used to.
I also joined Weight Watchers on March 17th 2009, who coincidently, I now work for. I had to choose Weight Watcher for an obvious reason…I run a baking blog. I had to find some plan that would allow me to eat what I made for my blog. This girl is not going through life depriving herself. I still eat every thing I make for this blog. The main difference is just how much.

Let’s take this bread pudding for instance. The old me would have eaten the whole thing. The new me eats one serving and is done with it. Luckily for me I have a goat and two hockey teams to pawn food off on. And if they can’t take it, I give it to the people at my Physical Therapy office since I love to visit that place so much. :)

Speaking of that bread pudding, this one is kind of out there. Awhile back I had considered writing a cookbook, this bread pudding was an idea for the book. Since salted caramel has been all the rage I wanted a spin on that. The idea came from me eating a pretzel at a hockey game and my friends kid was eating McDonald’s apple dippers with the caramel sauce. He didn’t want the sauce so I kept dipping the pretzel into the sauce. Tasted pretty darn good. So I went with it.

Some people wanted to know how much I lost. Not going to tell you. Just going to say that I used to only be able to shop at certain stores or parts of stores. I went from double digits to singles in clothing. I can shop wherever now. Which is bad for the credit card statement. :P

Close to my highest weight…I look a little bigger because I am sitting down…or at least that is what I would tell myself. ;)

This is the begining of this year. I actually weigh a little less now but too lazy to take a photo. You can see more over on Northwest Noshings.

Soft Pretzel Salted Caramel Bread Pudding

 
16 Super Pretzel Soft Pretzels (these are the smaller ones, not the full size, if using the full size ones, I would guess about 8-10 of them)…they come with a salt packet. You will want to salt your pretzels. If you don’t use the salt you will want to use the salted caramel sauce instead of plain caramel sauce.

1 pint heavy cream
4 egg yolks
¼ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup
½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/3 cup caramel sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350F

Tear the pretzels into pieces. Place half of them onto bottom of a prepared baking dish (buttered 8-x-x8).

Pour 1/3 cup caramel sauce over the pretzels in the pan.

Mix the egg yolks, brown sugar, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, and vanilla together in a bowl. Then stir in the heavy cream. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

Pour ½ the custard over the pretzels and caramel. Press down the bread pieces until the pretzels are soaked with the custard.

Place remaining pretzels on top of the soaked bread. Pour the remaining custard over and again, press down on the pretzel pieces until they are soaked with the custard.

You will most likely have extra custard. Don’t feel like you have to use all the custard.

Place pan into another pan that will hold a water bath. Bake the bread pudding for 45 minutes until golden on top. Cool 10 minutes and serve warm with the remaining caramel sauce.

****Only use salted version of caramel sauce if you did not use the salt that came with your pretzels. If you did use salt on your pretzels, then change the amount of salt to ¼ tsp in this recipe.

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons gray sea salt, crushed

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down any crystals on the side of the pan. Boil over high heat until a deep amber caramel forms, about 6 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully whisk in the cream, butter and salt. Let the caramel cool to room temperature.

Caramel sauce recipe from Food and Wine

Comments

  1. Whoa girl you look awesome! I love that you are doing this the healthy way…and while still eating dessert! You are someone for all of us to look up to!

    God that bread pudding sounds good. I love my sweet and salty…

  2. Delicious dessert and very sexy dress! Glad you’re feeling good and healthy, thanks for sharing, I could do with losing a few pounds. I guess doing beurre blanc and hollandaise in class doesnt help!!

  3. I also am a Weight Watcher that ended up working for them. Like you it appealed because not eating dessert was not an option,as I worked in my family’s cake shop.

    Congratulations on losing the weight you look sensational & I know how hard it can be to maintain your focus.

    I intend using some of my bonus exercise points to make this recipe soon!

    Thanks

  4. I am impressed! I thought you were shrinking, but coz there weren’t that many pictures of you beforehand, had nothing to compare to.

    Looking rather svelte there! Good on ya!

  5. I thought that you had lost weight… Wow, I am impressed! You look fabulous. Congrats!

    OMG, that pudding is incredibly tempting! What a great idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Pea you were always gorgeous to me. Now you are hot and gorgeous! Loving this dessert and you are a naughty one feeding us all the dessert on your blog while eating healthy behind it.

    Hugs!

  7. Gorgeous dessert and woman!

  8. congratulations on the weight loss! and that pretzel pudding looks to sinful. God forbid me!

  9. Great recipe and you look amazing!!

  10. Good for you! You look amazing! I’ve been toying with the idea of joining Weight Watchers to get the last few baby pounds off and I think you may have just convinced me.

    The pretzel pudding looks a-mazing. I would have never though to use pretzel in bread pudding.

  11. Oh my, this looks amazing! I love sweet and salty.

  12. Wow you are one hot tamale! I know how difficult it is to lose weight – and you did it sensibly without depriving yourself. You go girl!

  13. Wow! You look great! I didn’t knwo what you looked like before the pic w/ the glasses, but seeing the comparison, wow! That’s fantastic.

  14. What an amazing accomplishment, you look wonderful :-)

  15. That bread pudding looks wonderful – almost as good as you! Congrats and keep up the good work :) I know how it is to balance a love of sweets with a healthy lifestyle!

  16. What an awesome idea for bread pudding…I love soft pretzels!! And congratulations on the weight loss…have fun shopping!! :)

  17. OMG you could be, like, in an ad or something, Pea. Way to go. (I hope I don’t get an abscess though.)
    Yay for bread pudding! I’ve never made a caramel version yet, but not for lack of wanting! :)

  18. Good googly-moogly!!!!!!!!!!! This is a BRILLIANT idea. I am going to have to risk my thighs and make this.

  19. Holy wow, Peabody! You look fantastic! Congrats on the weigh loss!

  20. WOW! You look fantastic!!!!!!! I have this terrible terrible sweet tooth. I’ve always wanted to get rid of the freshman 45 that’s been hanging around for 15 years and only very recently did I get a scolding from my ob/gyn to shed more weight from what little I’ve lost so far… GULPS! Good going!!!!!

  21. You look great Peabody!! Congratulations on your weight loss~

  22. this looks amazing! i love your imagination :) congrats on the weight loss, you look fantastic. but, more importantly, i bet you feel so much better and healthier. you truly embody all things in moderation, which in my opinion, is the best way to live life.

  23. Congratulations on the weight loss! Keep those yummy looking desserts coming. This one looks amazing.

  24. You look fantastic!! And the bread pudding is going to haunt me all day :)

  25. Congrats! I agree with you–I bake when I want to, but I keep an active lifestyle so that I can eat and not feel guilty!

    I love your blogs!

  26. Congrats! I went through a similar experience… it is lovely to shop where ever and pick up sizes that I never imagined fitting into… but one should never give up baked goods! just in moderation! :)

  27. I think you look happy (and lovely) in both pictures.

  28. You look fabulous!

  29. Thanks for sharing your story. It is inspirational – especially since you’ve gone about it in such a healthy/balanced way. Happy that we’ll still be seeing these awesome treats from you – just in moderation! :)

  30. You go girl! You look fantastic!

    love bread pudding…very interesting take on it.
    ~ingrid

  31. Congrats!!!

    You (and that bread pudding) look amazing!

  32. You look fabulous!!!

    I love all things sweet and salty expecially when carmel is involved.

  33. Wow! I would have never thought to use pretzels for bread pudding, how creative!

    And congrats on your weight loss! It’s always inspiring when people have the will power to do something positive like that, keep up the good work :)

  34. You look amazing! And so does that pudding! Three cheers for WW! Five years and 100 pounds later, I’m still trying to master the coexistance of eating and baking :)

  35. Don’t give up on the cookbook dream…it would be fabulous.

    The bread pudding looks so good & so do you!

  36. you look great! I do WW too and I love that I can still eat “real” food and never have to eat a bite of processed diet food. I don’t quite have the will power to only eat one serving of my baking though. Someday!

  37. you look fantastic! i started WW in June of last year and lost 25lbs by October. I haven’t counted points since then and have maintained. :-) Just started counting again to try to lose another 10lbs but i love being able to still munch on the goodies i make. WW is great! :-)

  38. You really do look amazing, Peabody! Congrats on figuring out that fine balance between healthy eating and having a baking blog! ;)

  39. You look gorgeous Peabody!!! I am going through a weight-loss phase myself.. but like you, I will not ever completely give up my desserts!! Congrats on the hot new bod! The bread pudding looks insanely yummy!!

  40. Gerardo says:

    Awesome job on the bread pudding and your weight loss. I also love to eat and had to get it under control. The easiest thing you can do to try portion control to lose weight. The hardest thing is to starve yourself or turn into a rabbit and that is no way to live. If people would just eat normal portions of stuff and drink water instead of soda the weight will come off. Also try to spend as much time on your feet doing anything.

  41. Congratulations! You look fantastic!

    And good for you for finding an alternative to taking medicine!

    You’ve inspired me….thank you.

  42. You look amazing Peabody, good for you! This bread pudding looks so yummy and super creative as usual!

  43. Two things:

    a) you look awesome. This is inspiring! I need to get off my behind and join Weight Watchers.

    b) This may replace Krispy Kreme bread pudding as my go to recipe. I’ve got to try it!

  44. You sexy bitch! (Is it ok that I say that?)

    You look fabulous. And how DARE you post such skinny photos, followed by such a delicious looking treat!

  45. You look fantastic! Love the cheeky skirt. I’m a big proponent of eat whatever you want in portions that make sense. You should write a bread pudding only cook book! I would buy that.

  46. I am drooling over your bread pudding – pretzels and salted caramel sound amazing!

    And you look fabulous!

  47. good for you! i need to lose weight so badly…

    and this dessert looks amazing!

  48. Congrats! You look fab! You sound like you feel very happy. (does that even make sense?!!) This bread pudding looks like it’s to die for. I love the idea of the pretzel on top too. And you should SO write a cookbook!

  49. You look amazing! Way to go girl! :-)

  50. What a cool idea about pretzel bread pudding! It even looks cool.

    Congrats on the weight loss- you look great!

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