For those of you outside the Gulf Coast area, here's the short version of what you need to know about Mardi Gras.
1. American Mardi Gras was first celebrated in MOBILE, ALABAMA and NOT New Orleans.
And that's all you need to know.
Mobile Carnival Museum, Mobile, Alabama
Every Mardi Gras King and Queen has their own elaborately designed train created for when they take their reign over the city. Here are two beautiful examples that are on display at the
Mobile Carnival Museum.
Between Mobile and Baldwin Counties, I think there are over 50 parades to attend. All those Moon Pies add up, so here is a recipe for all those left over Moon Pies - ha! As if we have any leftovers!
Mobile Moon Pie Bread Pudding
10 - 15 Moon Pies, cut into 1/2 inch pieces - Any flavor will do, I prefer the original or banana.
6 cups day old French Bread, cubed
1 1/2 c whole milk (or heavy cream if you are in need of more sweetness and calories!)
1/2 c sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 T vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla, baking. In a separate bowl, place bread cubes. Pour egg and milk mixture gently over bread and gently fold until all bread is moistened. Pour this mixture into a buttered rectangle baking dish. At this point, gently push moon pie pieces down throughout the mixture, being careful not to break them.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
*Some recipes call for baking at a lower temperature in a water bath, but with Moon Pies, I think the regular method works well.
Here is the link to the Mobile Carnival Museum's web site. You will hear a great song about Mobile.
Here's a fun shirt to wear while you eat your Moon Pie!
You can find this recipe and other interesting ideas from many fabulous bloggers at: Coastal Charm, Cozy Little House, The Dedicated House, Keeping It Simple, Savvy Southern Style, Primp Junktion , Tilly's Nest, Elizabeth and Company, Southern Lovely, Embracing Change, Homespun Happenings and Between Naps On The Porch.