Bread pudding recipe
Classic Bread Pudding Recipe: A Decadent Dessert Delight
Bread pudding is a timeless and comforting dessert that transforms stale bread into a delectable treat. This recipe takes you through the step-by-step process of creating a classic bread pudding that is rich, custardy, and infused with warm spices. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this dessert is sure to become a family favorite. So, let’s embark on the journey of creating this indulgent delight.
For the Pudding:
- 6 cups of stale bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (use French or Challah bread for best results)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Sauce:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish, ensuring it’s well-coated to prevent sticking.
Step 2: Prepare the Bread
Cut the stale bread into 1-inch cubes. If your bread isn’t stale, you can toast it in the oven for about 10 minutes to achieve the desired texture. Place the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish, ensuring an even layer.
Step 3: Make the Custard Mixture
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Once well combined, add the milk and heavy cream, whisking until the mixture is smooth and homogenous.
Step 4: Pour the Custard Over the Bread
Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread cubes. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to gently press down on the bread, ensuring it absorbs the custard. Allow the mixture to rest for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the bread to soak up the liquid.
Step 5: Bake the Pudding
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. The edges will be slightly crispy, while the center remains moist and custardy.
Step 6: Prepare the Sauce
While the bread pudding is baking, let’s prepare the decadent sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the granulated sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves, and the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 7: Serve and Enjoy
Once the bread pudding is out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Drizzle the warm sauce generously over each serving. Optionally, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgence.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a classic bread pudding, a dessert that marries simplicity with indulgence. The combination of the rich custard-soaked bread and the luscious sauce creates a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds dancing. Share this delightful treat with friends and family, and relish the warmth and comfort that a homemade bread pudding brings to any occasion.