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Cranberry Bread Pudding Recipe

Cranberry Bread Pudding Recipe

"This down-home dessert takes on a touch of elegance when I serve it warm and drizzled with a thin orange custard sauce," relates Margery Richmond of Fort Collins, Colorado. "It's so pretty that I often make it for dinner guests using either fresh or frozen cranberries."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing Bake: 65 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 slices bread, crusts removed, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ORANGE CUSTARD SAUCE:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 orange peel strip (1/4 inch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Directions

  • 1. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer half of the bread cubes, cranberries and orange peel. Repeat layers. Drizzle with butter.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla until blended; pour over bread mixture. Let stand for 15-30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 65-75 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 4. For sauce, in a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks and sugar. Stir in cream and orange peel. Cook over low heat about 15-20 minutes or until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and a thermometer reads at least 160°, stirring constantly but gently. Do not allow to boil. Immediately transfer to a bowl.
  • 5. Place bowl in an ice-water bath for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in extract. Discard orange peel. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with bread pudding. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 370 calories, 19 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 208 mg cholesterol, 299 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.