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Featured Recipes

This recipe is one we frequently serve to our overnight guests at the Inn at Desert Wind. It's easy to prepare and tastes great warm from the oven.

Desert Wind French Toast Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 60 Minutes | Cook Time: 70 Minutes

12 ounces (about 4) cubed croissants
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ground cloves
½ cup of maple syrup

- large bowl
- plastic wrap
- glass baking pan
- foil

1. Place cubed croissants in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together: eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
3. Pour batter over the top of the croissants, and press batter into bread.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hrs.
5. Pour bread pudding into a glass pan, cover with foil and place into a cold oven.
6. Set the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
7. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 30-40 minutes, until golden brown and puffy.
8. Remove from the oven and drizzle with maple syrup. (Make this recipe your own: consider a dollop of french vanilla ice cream, fresh sun-kissed blackberries, sprinkle of crushed pecans or even a dusting of powdered sugar on top!) 
9. Serve warm. Enjoy!


We could not resist sharing this delish recipe from our Summer Menu. Tom's Fave -- A true taste sensation you simply do not want to miss!
Warm bacon-wrapped dates, crispy kale chips & balsamic reduction drizzle!

Desert Wind Bacon-Wrapped Dates & Balsamic Reduction

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes

6 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 lb aged Manchego cheese, cut into small blocks
2 slices raw bacon, cut into thirds
2 tablespoons barrel-aged balsamic *available in our gourmet gift shop at Desert Wind

- toothpicks
- baking tray
- silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- silicone pastry brush

1. Preheat oven to 400°F
2. Stuff each date with a small block of cheese (or consider a raw, whole almond for a bit of crunch!); squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure.
3. Wrap each date with a piece of the bacon and secure with a toothpick.
4. Place dates on a lined baking tray and roast for 5-6 minutes (or until the bacon starts to crisp); turn dates over and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and brush both sides with barrel-aged balsamic (or in a pinch try maple syrup for a slightly sweeter take); return to oven and roast until they are crackly and sticky, about 1-2 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!



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