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."
- 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 large eggs
- 4 cups milk
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ORANGE CUSTARD SAUCE:
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 orange peel strip (1/4 inch)
- 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
- 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.
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.
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