Prep 8 hrs
Cook 8 hrs 40 mins
Although this is really a breakfast/brunch dish, my daughters occasionally beg to have this for supper. Occasionally I indulge them.
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 slices day old challah (1 inch thick)
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon orange syrup or 1 teaspoon orange liqueur
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- Combine butter, brown sugar and honey in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
- Pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
- Trim crusts from bread and arrange in one layer in the baking dish.
- Whisk together the eggs, half and half, Grand Marnier,vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour evenly over the bread.
- Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the dish from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature.
- Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until puffed and edges are light golden brown.
- Serve immediately with individual pieces turned over with the caramel on top.
My family loved this recipe. It was soooo good. I used normal wheat bread because that's all we had, but I felt the texture would have been better with challah. Since my family loves cinnamon, I added a little on top. My mom agreed that it was even better with the cinnamon. Next time I'll put it in the with the egg mixture.
This made a very nice Sunday morning breakfast. I used egg substitutes and low fat half and half, and it was still very tasty. I think next time i will try and cook some sliced apples in the brown sugar mixture and add a little cinnimon for a twist. thanks for posting! I will be trying your butter pecan bread pudding next. I am sure it will be as great as this!
Excellent! I've made similar dishes, but this is my favorite. Honey adds so much flavor especially compared to corn syrup. I didn't have Grand Marnier so had to settle for Triple Sec. The honey overpowered any orange flavor, which you'd expect with only 1t. Half and half makes this creamy and decadent. You could use milk, but it wouldn't have the same wonderful result. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing!