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A friends husband has some Latvian connections via work. So being good little homeschoolers task number one was research the country a little. Via pinterest. For recipes. I mean come one, who didn't see that coming? But I still maintain it's a very good way to learn about various regions.

So I typed "Latvian food" in to the pinterest search and really not a whole ton came up that was of interest. But this looked really good so I pinned it. And forgot about it. Then yesterday I realized I had a container of mascarpone cheese in the fridge that needed to be used up. The only thing missing was cranberries. So the cheese is being used, but not I have three-quarters of a bag of cranberries left to use up.

Anyway "Layered Bread Dessert" is fairly tasty. I did make some changes that I'm sure Americanize it. But I'm pretty sure everything I cook is more "fusion" and less authentic. So the bread, my friend said she didn't want to try it with the rye bread so I made it with whole wheat. I'm not sure what I was expecting the candied bread crumbs to taste like, but they tasted like gingerbread. I thickened the cranberry mixture with a little cornstarch and I doubled the whipping cream in the cheese to stretch it a little and make it easier to get in the pan.

So I think this is something I will make again. We liked it. I wasn't sure how I would like the spiced crumbs with the cranberry but it worked fairly well and tastes very Christmassy. I do want to try adding a little more sugar to the crumbs, so they are coated more and maybe stay a little crisper. As I suspected they soften up overnight, but at least they don't get soggy.

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