Posted by: Patty | November 1, 2009

SWEET MELISSA SUNDAY Sweet Almond Bread Pudding

The weekly selection for the Sweet Melissa Sundays group is Sweet Almond Bread Pudding and you can find the recipe at Candace’s blog, Candy Girl. You will be very happy to have this recipe.

I assembled the pudding on Halloween evening. Drizzle fell most of the evening and we had very few trick-or-treaters. Our cat kept watch for anyone in costume.

Toby

Several ingredients make this a special bread pudding. First, you use brioche for the bread. Our Thursday farmers market has an outstanding baker, Quail Creek Farms, and that is where I bought my loaf.

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The bread is cubed and then lightly toasted in the oven. Another reason this is such a good recipe is the choice of liquid: heavy cream. No wimpy half and half or thin 2% milk. This one goes for really rich cream. Then, only the egg yolks are used; you wouldn’t want to dilute all the cream with egg whites! The bread soaks for 20 minutes, you top it with almonds and sugar and bake it for 1 hour 15 minutes.

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All this goodness is baked in a water bath which results in a smooth and creamy texture. Then, to take the pudding over the top, you make a raspberry sauce with frozen fruit, lemon juice and sugar. This requires lots of stirring to force the sauce through a sieve but it is worth it. The sauce is not too sweet, you can really taste the raspberries.

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This is drizzled over the dessert and is the perfect complement to the richness of the pudding. The presentation is so pretty. I served it warm but  the next morning we ate it cold and it was still delicious. Thanks to Candace for a great choice.

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Responses

  1. mmmmm… looks yummy. Love the pic of Toby:)

  2. Your bread pudding looks great! Gorgeous cat.

  3. your bread pudding is almost as cute as your kitty 🙂

  4. The bread pudding sounds so good I may have to make it T;giving weekend! My family would be over the moon. Thnaks for sharing the recipes and all the beautiful photos.

  5. Your bread pudding looks perfect and your cat is adorable! I was tempted to eat the leftovers for breakfast Sunday, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one with that idea.

  6. It looks wonderful with the raspberry sauce on top. I totally wimped out and used half and half instead.

  7. wow you’re bread pudding looks good!

  8. First things first…love your kitty! You are so lucky to have a farmers market that sells such wonderful looking breads! Your bread pudding looks delicious!

  9. That looks amazing! Great job.

  10. You chose the perfect dessert plate for the raspberry sauce. It looks as good as I imagine it tastes. Your kitty must have been hanging with you in the kitchen hoping for a bit of cream. Forget those trick or treaters.

  11. I wished I lived closer! The bread pudding looks delicious!

  12. This looks delicious. I am sorry I had to sit this one out!

    The kitty is darling!

  13. That’s a great picture of Toby!

  14. Your bread pudding is beautiful! Thanks for baking with me this week.


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