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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Harvest Bread Pudding with Vanilla Rum Sauce

This is the perfect time of year for making treats that just make you feel so comfy inside when its so cold outside! This delightful bread pudding won't let you down. Apples, almonds, spices and loaded with raisins. Top it off with a vanilla rum sauce and you've made it to "Oh ma gosh, this is one of the best things I've ever eaten" kind of feelings!

Ingredients for Bread Pudding:

1 1/2 Loaves Raisin Bread- Sunmaid Brand Preferably
3 Large Eggs
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Clove
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Milk
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Large Green Apple
1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/3 Cup Raisins

You will also need a 13x9 pan and a larger pan to fit the 13x9 in for a water bath when cooking. For my larger pan I used a turkey roaster pan.

Cut crusts off of bread and discard the ends of the loaf. I like to feed this to the birds. Cut trimmed bread into squares, 4 squares each slice. Add cut up bread to large bowl, set aside.

In a separate large bowl add eggs, sugars, cinnamon and clove. Mix well using a wire whisk. Add milk, cream and vanilla, Stir with whisk. I also add another extract to this, refer to Tres Leches post for photo of my secret ingredient!

Peel, core and cut up apple. Add to small bowl. Add raisins and almonds, mix well.

Butter the 13x9 dish.

Add half of cut up bread to buttered dish. Sprinkle half of fruit and nut mixture on top.

Stir milk mixture and pour half on top of bread and fruit nut mix evenly.

Layer remaining bread into dish. Top with remaining fruit nut mix. Pour the rest of the milk mixture on top, taking care to coat all bread.

Using a spoon lightly press top of bread so that it soaks up liquid and somewhat evens out top.

Let sit for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.

Butter a piece of foil, the dull side and the same size as your pan. Place this onto the top of the bread pudding, where the foil touches it, you don't want moisture to accumulate while cooking. Refer to photos if needed.

Add water to roaster pan. I used two carafes of water. You want the water level to reach about halfway up the 13x9 dish.

While bread pudding is baking prepare Vanilla Rum Sauce, recipe below.

Bake for 50 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 30-35 minutes until top is lightly browned.

Remove from oven. Let cool for 15 minutes at least before serving.

Top with Vanilla Rum Sauce before serving. This dish is best served warm!

Vanilla Rum Sauce


3 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Rum Extract
2 Tablespoons Spiced Rum (Optional)

Add butter, cinnamon and sugars in a small pot on medium low heat. Cook until butter is melted. Add white chocolate chips, milk and cream. Add rum now too. If you don't use rum increase rum extract by a teaspoon. Cook until mixture comes just to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and rum extracts. Let cool. This will be a thin sauce. It will thicken slightly when cooled.

The pans you'll need to cook the pudding in

Remove crusts from bread

Cut into squares

Add to bowl

Add eggs, sugars and spices to large bowl

Mix well

Add milk, cream and vanilla extract, stir well

Peel, core and chop apple into pieces

Add to small bowl with almonds and raisins

Butter dish

Add half of bread to dish

Add half of fruit nut mix, pour half of milk cream mixture

Add remaining bread, nut fruit mix. Pour milk mix evenly coating all bread

Press down with spoon to help bread saturate milk mix

Let sit for 20 minutes

Butter foil

Coating well

Place foil inverted onto bread pudding

Fill water into roaster pan, this is a carafe I used 2 to fill my pan

Vanilla Rum Sauce

Add butter, sugars and cinnamon on medium low heat just until butter melts

Add white chocolate chips, milk, cream and rum, heat just to boiling

Remove from heat add vanilla and rum extracts

After foil is removed this is what it will look like

Finished and ready to eat!

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This is one delicious dessert!

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