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Almond Bread Pudding Recipe

I played with a recipe from my mom, and the result has been popular with all of our customers at the Washington House in Sellersville.—Deb Mathie, Sellersville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 croissants
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup almond paste, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • STRAWBERRY CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed

Directions

  • 1. Cut croissants into 1/2-in. pieces; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar and extracts. Pour over croissants; let stand for 10 minutes. Dot with almond paste; sprinkle with almonds (dish will be full).
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir sugar with a wooden spoon until sugar has melted and turned a deep amber color, about 20 minutes.
  • 4. Add 1 cup cream (mixture will bubble). Stir in remaining cream; cook 10-15 minutes longer or until caramelized sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in strawberries. Serve with bread pudding. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 531 calories, 24 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 179 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.