Friday, July 23, 2010

Really Amazing Bread Pudding


Every Wednesday I attend a craft night with ladies from work. Everyone brings a project they are working on and a dish to eat and we sit around, eat, craft and chat. It has become something that I truly look forward to. I have to tell you, however, that seeing as I work for a film production company, these ladies take crafting to another level. Creating things is what they do for a living and half of the fun is just watching these masters at work.

The night has also turned into a culinary delight and it has pushed me to try recipes that I would usually not make for just Dan and me. This past week I chose to bring a dessert and I was finally able to make this bread pudding that caught my eye about a year ago. It is from the queen of high-calorie satisfaction: Paula Deen. You all should really make this sometime. Really. It is like a mix between traditional bread pudding, french toast and pecan pie. Oh yeah, and brandy is one of the ingredients. Delightful.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large beaten eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cubed Italian bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For The Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brandy

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.
Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.
In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, butter, and pecans.
Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.

For the sauce:

Mix together the granulated sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar is melted. Add the brandy, stirring well. Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.
Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. That pudding sounds scrumptious. Thanks!

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  2. oh wow, i'm gonna have to try this!

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog :) I love food related blogs.

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  4. my husband is from new zealand and he LOVES bread pudding! i am totally going to make this for him :) great recipe!

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  5. I've had banana pudding, but never bread pudding. This is something I am definitely going to try. I love Paula Dean (we are both Southern Belles), and you are so right, she is the queen of high calorie satisfaction. I saw her deep fry a strawberry the other day! Lol.

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  6. I don't eat bread pudding that often but this sounds d-lish. I don't suppose you can come over and make it? haha Yea I guess that's absurd...you should probably make dinner first and then the bread pudding! hahaa

    Thanks for the recipe, maybe I can convince mom to make it for me so I don't burn the house down. Have a great weekend!
    xo
    amanda

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  7. Oh this looks amazing! I must steal this recipe! Luvs!

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  8. I've never gotten over the goodness of bread pudding.

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  9. I love bread pudding and that looks delicious!

    At Thanksgiving/Christmas time I make a bread pudding that uses pumpkin bread and eggnog.

    Thanks for sharing!

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