Seasonal recipe: New Orleans Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoons grated nutmeg
- 16 slices day-old French bread, sliced ½ inch thick (or other day-old bread)
- ½ cup raisins
- 2/3 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup (half stick) unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup whiskey
Grease a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
Whisk together the eggs, ¾ cup of sugar, half-and-half, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Arrange half of the bread in the prepared dish and evenly scatter half the raisins across the bread. Put the remainder of the bread and raisins on top of this.
Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread.
Put a sheet of plastic wrap over the pudding and place a smaller pan over the plastic wrap. Weigh down the smaller pan with heavy cans so that all of the bread becomes covered in the egg mixture. Let soak for 15 minutes.
While the bread is soaking, preheat the oven to 325°F.
After 15 minutes of soaking, remove the weights, pan and plastic wrap and bake the pudding in the oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, sprinkle the remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar over the top and bake again for 35 to 40 minutes.
The pudding will sink while it’s cooling.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water and butter. Cook over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved and small bubbles form around the edges.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg. Whisk in ¼ cup of the hot sugar mixture (this will temper the egg so it won’t scramble when added to the hot mixture).
Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan.
Cook over low heat, stirring, for 2 minutes until it thickens and steam begins to rise.
Remove from heat and stir in the whiskey.
- Do not serve this whiskey sauce to children. Since the whiskey is added at the end, the alcohol does not have a chance to burn off.
- If you have a basic bread pudding recipe that you already make, go ahead and make that one and just use the whiskey sauce from this recipe.
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