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Cajun Bread Pudding

 Cajun Bread Pudding
This is my husband's favorite dessert, and it's a perfect dish for a crowd, too.
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + soaking Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 4-3/4 cups milk, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 11 cups cubed French bread (1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup raisins, optional
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • PRALINE SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Dash salt

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat 4 cups of milk until warm; set aside. In a
  • large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and remaining
  • milk. Gradually add warmed milk, stirring constantly. Stir in
  • butter. Add bread cubes; let soak 10 minutes. Add cinnamon, and

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Cajun Bread Pudding (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • raisins and/or pecans if desired.
  • Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400°
  • for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out
  • clean.
  • For sauce, bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add brown
  • sugar; stir to dissolve. Add corn syrup. Bring to boil; cook 15-20
  • seconds. Remove from the heat. Stir in the pecans, vanilla, butter
  • and salt. Cut pudding into squares and serve with sauce. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 935 calories, 85 g fat (50 g saturated fat), 284 mg cholesterol, 1,072 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.