Raisin Meringue Bread Pudding

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Catwhispers

This is my all-time favorite bread pudding, at its best still slightly warm from the oven (and I'm not usually one for warm desserts). The orange-flavored meringue makes it extra-special.

Top Review by Roxygirl in Colorado

Heavenly dessert! This was fast to stir together. I didn't have time to let sit for 30 min. but soaked for the time it took my oven to preheat. I ended up not using the whole 2 cups of raisins, about 1 1/2 was enough for my taste.I dusted with a sprinkle of cinnamon upon serving. This reminded me of two of my favorite desserts: rice pudding and sour cream raisin pie. My father in law was VERY impressed, along with my husband. Thanks for making me look good, Catwhiskers. Roxygirl

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 473.18 ml raisins (dark or light)
  • 473.18 ml day-old bread cubes (plain, raisin* or egg bread)
  • 59.14 ml brown sugar
  • 1.23 ml salt
  • 29.58 ml butter (melted) or 29.58 ml margarine (melted)
  • 4.92 ml vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks (beaten (reserve whites for topping)
  • 473.18 ml milk
  • boiling water, for baking
  • TOPPING

  • 2 egg whites
  • 29.58-44.37 ml granulated sugar
  • 3.69 ml grated orange rind

Directions

  1. Toss the raisins with bread cubes; set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar, salt, butter or margarine, vanilla, egg yolks and milk and beat until well-blended. Pour onto bread and raisins, toss to combine, and let sit for 1/2 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8" baking dish, or spray with non-stick spray. You will also need a larger, shallow baking pan.
  4. Set the larger pan on the oven rack and place the 8x8 dish inside. Fill the outside pan to 1 inch deep with hot water.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until just barely firm. While baking, prepare orange meringue.
  6. Remove pudding from oven and spread with meringue, making sure you bring it to the edges. Return to the oven for 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly brown.
  7. ORANGE MERINGUE;
  8. Beat egg whites until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in grated orange peel. Spread on baked pudding.
  9. * If using raisin bread, cut back a bit on the raisins. Also,the original recipe called for 3 tbs. sugar in the meringue, which I found a bit sweet. I cut it down to about 2 1/2 tbs., use your personal taste.

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