Anyhow, I have my favorite versions of just about every song. For instance, I have a special place in my heart for Barry Manilow's rendition of "Jingle Bells." I can hear the judgment already. Whatevs, Manilow makes my heart go pitter patter. Part of it stems from this Christmas tape my sister had that we listened to religiously during Christmas season. Yes, I said tape. This was when every car still came with a tape player. We loved that tape. f you want a laugh, check this out. It gets me every time.
Did you know Justin Bieber has a Christmas album? I previewed it on iTunes for a lark. Normally I'm okay with the Biebs. I'm not a huge fan, but I'll dance to that one song. But this Christmas album is a travesty. I can't even deal. The tonic to this album illness is Michael Buble's Christmas album. In fact, I'm going to Target this week just so I can get the extended version. It's got the vibe I want when I listen to holiday music. I don't like when pop artists do holiday songs; it just sounds weird to me. I like the old school Rat Pack sound. And Barry Manilow.
This pineapple souffle is the antithesis of Bieber. No offense to him. I'd hate for his legion of fans to come after me. But this is old school. It's a family recipe that calls for white bread and lots of butter. It's sweet and crunchy on top and beloved by the whole family. It's also a breeze to make.
Pineapple Souffle (serves up to 10)
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
9 slices white bread, cubed
1 c sugar
1 handful all-purpose flour
1 medium size can crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits, juice and all
- Preheat oven to 350º. In a nonstick pan over medium heat, fry bread cubes in butter lightly until slightly golden brown. Take off of heat.
- Stir together sugar, eggs, flour, and pineapple with juice.
- Put half of pineapple mixture in a greased casserole dish. Add a layer of bread, the rest of the mixture, and top with the rest of the bread. Bake 1 hour or until golden and bubbling. Serve warm.