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Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding Recipe

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My son loves pear crisp, but one night I was making bread pudding. He asked if I could make both. I compromised by combining two desserts into this one dish. It's absolutely fantastic!—Kurt Wait, Redwood City, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup butterscotch-caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups cubed day-old French bread
  • 2 cups sliced peeled fresh pears
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup English toffee bits

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 331 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, caramel topping and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted; add cinnamon and ginger. Stir a small amount of mixture into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly.
  2. Place bread cubes in a large bowl; gently stir in milk mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes. Gently stir in pears; transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in toffee bits.
  4. Sprinkle flour mixture over dish. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and pears are tender. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p146

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 331 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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