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Bread Pudding Pear Pie

I've been serving this simple but elegant dessert for many years, after a friend shared the recipe, I especially enjoy baking yummy desserts. I guess it's in the genes--my grandfather came over from Norway and started a bakery in a small Minnesota town. -Kris Bailey Villand, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (29 ounces) pear halves, drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 English muffins, crumbled
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • Fresh pear slices, optional


  • Coarsely chop pears; place in a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add the milk, vanilla, lemon zest and salt; mix well. Stir in crumbled English muffins; pour over pears. bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly on a wire rack.
  • For butterscotch sauce, combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. gradually add 1/2 cup cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Cut into wedges. Garnish with whipped cream and pear slices if desired. serve with butterscotch sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 541 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • ellendiep
    Dec 21, 2011

    Yummy! Nice lemon flavor; change from regular bread pudding.

  • vewebber58
    Apr 26, 2011

    A yummy dessert! The sauce is delicious on it, and it's sooooo rich......a little bit goes a long way, and I'd probably not make it every time I make the pudding. I may just use a little whipped cream on top when I make it again, or make a lemon sauce to put over it. The pudding itself is not very sweet, which I appreciate, since the sauce is so sweet.

  • K9ChemoNurse
    Jun 7, 2010

    The lemon flavor in the bread pudding is completely unexpected but what a refreshing difference. Its not warm and fuzzy like "regular" bread pudding but clean with a boom of lemon. I did not make the topping and it still was wonderful. I am considering leaving out the pears entirely as they seem to only add a different texture and not much taste. I served it with a bit of heavy whipping cream poured over top. A great and easy recipe. I will make it over and over!Roxanne in DE

  • LeLimey
    Jun 1, 2010

    I made this pudding for memorial day and it was just wonderful. The pudding with the butterscotch sauce was a perfect blend of flavours. I served it with vanilla ice cream instead of whipped cream as I was serving ice cream fanatics! They all loved it and so did I. I shall definitely make over and over again and I thank you for such a simple but delicious dessert.

  • Mangolicious1
    Jan 25, 2009

    I made this pudding twice and received excellent reveiws. All my guests have been asking for this receipe. It has been a great dessert for my gatherings. Each time I left out the topping it was still hit.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 18, 2006

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