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White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Tart Cherry Sauce

 White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Tart Cherry Sauce
The flavor of this rich, scrumptious bread pudding is reminiscent of eggnog. It served with a bright cherry sauce, which makes it so good!—Shawn Osborne, Vinton, Virginia
12 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried cherries
  • 2 cups cherry juice blend
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 10 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • White baking chocolate curls

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring the cherries, juice and sugar to a boil,
  • stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5
  • minutes. Remove cherries with a slotted spoon; set aside. Return
  • liquid to a boil; cook until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Return
  • cherries to pan; cool.
  • Place bread cubes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a large
  • saucepan, combine the cream, white chocolate, milk, sugar, cinnamon
  • and nutmeg. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until chocolate is
  • melted.

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White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Tart Cherry Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Stir a small amount of mixture into eggs; return all to the pan,
  • stirring constantly. Pour mixture over bread cubes. Bake, uncovered,
  • at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Serve warm with cherry sauce and chocolate
  • curls.
  • Yield: 12 servings (2 cups sauce).
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 648 calories, 34 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 194 mg cholesterol, 341 mg sodium, 76 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.