Bread Pudding

This recipe comes to us courtesy of Jimmy Bannos and John DeMers from their cookbook, "The Heaven on Seven Cookbook. Where It's Mardi Gras All the Time!"

Yield: Serves 8-10

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Bread Pudding Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 16 cups day-old challah, or any rich egg bread, in 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 large eggs
  • hot water
  • <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/recipes/vanilla-bean-caramel-sauce-recipe"> Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce </a> (see companion recipe also on website)
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Preparation Instructions

In a small bowl, soak the raisins in the bourbon.

Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and drizzle the butter over them. Mix the 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together and sprinkle over the bread, tossing to distribute evenly.
Heat the cream, 1 cup sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and remaining teaspoon of cinnamon over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Do not boil.

Place the eggs in a bowl and slowly whisk in the warm cream. Pour the cream over the bread, mix in the raisins, and allow to stand for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until bread cubes are no longer dry in the center. Mix once or twice during standing.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 inch glass baking dish and pour in the bread mixture. Place the dish in a larger baking pan and transfer to the oven. Carefully pour hot water into the baking pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the dish. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until center is set and the inserted tip of a knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool until the dish can be safely removed from the pan holding the hot water.

Serve warm with the caramel sauce.

Yield: Serves 8-10
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