Cranberry Amaretto Bread Pudding
This is an update to a recipe that's been in our family for three generations. The combination of white chocolate and amaretto mingled with seasonal cranberry is a favorite way to end any celebration's meal. —Jennifer Evans DaCastello, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 50 min.
Makes12 servings (1 cup sauce)
- 3 eggs
- 4 cups 2% milk
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans, optional
- 6 cups cubed day-old French bread
- 1 cup white baking chips
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup amaretto
- Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla and spices. Stir in cranberries and, if desired, pecans. Gently stir in bread; let stand until bread is softened, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until puffed, golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes.
- In a small heavy saucepan, heat baking chips and butter over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in amaretto. Serve with warm bread pudding.
Editor's NoteTo toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts1/2 cup pudding with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 367 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
Originally published as Cranberry Amaretto Bread Pudding in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2017
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