- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 16 ounces white bread, sliced and divided
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 9 large eggs, divided
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 1 1⁄4 cups almond filling
- 1 cup butter, melted and divided
- 2 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
- 1 dash salt
- 2 tablespoons almond filling
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds
Amaretto Cream Sauce
- 1⁄2 cup amaretto liqueur
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1⁄2 cups whipping cream
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- Coat a 13- x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. Arrange 4 1/2 bread slices in bottom of prepared pan, cutting slices as necessary to fit pan.
- Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread half of cream cheese mixture over bread.
- Whisk together 1 1/4 cups almond filling and 1/2 cup melted butter. Spread half of almond mixture over cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers once, using 4 1/2 bread slices, remaining cream cheese mixture, and remaining almond mixture.
- Cut remaining bread slices into 1-inch cubes, sprinkle evenly over almond mixture.
- Whisk together remaining 8 eggs, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla, half-and-half, and salt; pour over bread cubes. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until most of egg mixture is absorbed.
- Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons almond filling, 2 tablespoons sugar, and egg yolk until blended. Drizzle evenly over bread pudding; sprinkle with almonds.
- Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until set. Serve warm or chilled with Amaretto Cream Sauce.
- Combine amaretto and cornstarch, stirring until smooth.
- Cook cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until bubbles appear; gradually stir in amaretto mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, and let cool completely.