Local Amateur Chef Wins Food Network Contest



Robinson (left) and McKinney whip up some Peachy Bliss
  • Robinson (left) and McKinney whip up some Peachy Bliss
Food Network personality Claire Robinson likes simple foods. Her show 5 Ingredient Fixes features eclectic recipes with five ingredients or less that you can make in your home kitchen. To celebrate the kick-off of the new series, Claire recently teamed up with Coffee-mate Natural Bliss to host a national Facebook contest, and Nashville's April McKinney and her Peachy Bliss Bread Pudding recipe won the whole shebang. The contest, which ran from May 23 to June 25, asked participants to create an original recipe and film a cooking demonstration for Facebook. You can see the story of April's journey on her blog.

In honor of April's win, Food Network is offering Bites readers (and frankly, anyone else) the chance to download a free digital cookbook featuring five new original recipes from the five ingredient chef herself. To download the full cookbook, log on to the Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Facebook page.

If you just want the recipe for April's winning dish, here it is plus a photo to whet your appetite.

Peachy Bliss Bread Pudding

5 cups crumbled biscuits
2 cups peeled and sliced peaches
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1-3/4 cups Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream, divided
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. sea salt, divided
3 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup chopped white chocolate

- Preheat oven to 350° F.

- Combine biscuits, peaches and pecans in a large bowl; place in 9-inch-square baking dish.

- Whisk together 1-1/2 cups Coffee-mate Natural Bliss, eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl.

- Pour cream mixture over biscuit mixture; let sit for 10 minutes.

- Bake for 40 minutes or until set. Cool for 10 minutes.

- Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter and remaining 1/4 cup Natural Bliss in a small saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat; add white chocolate and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk until chocolate melts.

- Serve sauce over warm bread pudding.


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