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1 hr 30 mins
It's said that "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," and that's how my version of bread pudding was created. I had never made one prior to having guests for dinner that requested a bread pudding for dessert. "No problem!", I thought, "How hard can it be to make?" I chose a classic Betty Crocker recipe, made it, served it, and couldn't eat more than a spoonful! My guests had no problem with it but for me, it was boring, mediocre and didn't hold my interest. Because my family refuses to eat raisins and I was so sorely disappointed in the original recipe, I spent a week with my cookbooks, pouring over them and taking notes from various recipes. I ultimately decided to treat each aspect of the bread pudding as a single unit: if I'd love to eat the custard, alone, than it was a winner. Same went for the bread: if it was such a great bread that I could eat it plain, then it had to be included. And since raisins were out, I decided to use mixed berries as a contrast against the custardy bread filling. And what came out of the oven was a winner! Because the pudding is so creamy and slightly sweet, the sharp tang of the berries just zipped right through the sweetness and burst onto your tongue, making you almost draw in your breath from the delicious contrast. Then, add the orange-flavoured whipped cream, which added another layer of distinct flavour to it, and it was a HIT...in our home! Is this the most economical bread pudding, using scraps of this and that? No. Is this the simplest of bread pudding recipes to create, dumping stale bread and milk together, toss in an egg or two, a handful of raisins and into the oven? No, again. But, this IS a bread pudding that will make you proud to serve it at your table. It's a bread pudding that treated each element with the respect that it deserved, creating a quality dessert. So, if you want a slightly more upscale version of a bread pudding that is sure to wow your family, please try my version, that will become our standard from now on. And yes!, the temperature is correct: it's 335 degrees; I split the difference between 325 for custard and 350 for cake. This way, the bread browns nicely but the custard doesn't overbake. Enjoy!
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- 2 cups frozen berries, mixed (I used 1/2 cup each of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and black raspberries. Using frozen fr)
- 6 cups bread (I used Hawaiian Brand bread dinner rolls (6 cups of torn rolls, 1-inch x 1-inch. My rolls were 2.5-i)
Ingredients for custard
- 2 cups milk (I use 2% milk. I've tried it with Half & Half and whipping cream and they are too heavy for this des)
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks (freeze the 2 egg whites for frosting or angel food cake)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (do NOT go overboard with the almond, a little goes a long way!)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ingredients for the whipped cream topping
- 1NOTE: I have found that people tend to fight over the browned top crust of bread pudding so I solved that problem by baking mine in a 10" round x 4" deep Pyrex casserole, ensuring everyone of receiving a large portion of browned pudding with enough soft pudding underneath. This meant that I had to use a 17" x 13" x 2" deep broiler pan for the Bain Marie or water bath. If you choose to use a different size baking dish, results may vary, such as a longer baking time. My bread pudding ended up being 2.5" deep.
- 2Directions for bread pudding:.
- 3Preheat oven to 335 degrees. Fill tea kettle with enough water to fill a 13" x 17" pan, half way up with boiling water. Bring water to boil, then turn down heat to a simmer, for later use. Butter the casserole dish; set aside.
- 4Place the 2 cups of milk in a large saucepan, uncovered, over medium heat. Let the milk heat in the pan, without stirring, until a skin forms on top and it is scalded. Or, if this makes you uneasy, stir the milk and continue heating until small bubbles form along the edges of the pan. Remove from heat.
- 5Meanwhile, place the eggs and yolks in a large mixing container with a pouring spout. Beat or whisk briefly, only to mix, not until they are foamy or light. (This beats too much air into the custard)
- 6Gradually add the sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and salt, beating only until well mixed.
- 7Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, slowly add 1/4 cup amounts of the hot milk to the egg mixture, stirring gently. When 1 cup of warm milk has been added into the egg mixture, add the remaining milk and stir gently. This process is called "tempering", making sure that your eggs don't "scramble" in the pan from the heat of the milk! Set aside custard mixture.
- 8In a large bowl, tear the Hawaiian rolls apart into large chunks, totaling 6 cups. Using a large mesh strainer, pour your custard mixture slowly over the bread roll cubes. (Straining the custard catches any lumpy egg whites.) Stir very gently, making sure that the bread rolls are all thoroughly coated. Allow to rest in the bowl for 10 minutes. Stir twice.
- 9While the bread is soaking up the custard, measure out your frozen berries. I'm lucky enough to have a deep freezer so I have individual bags of the berries, but a quality brand of mixed berries with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and black raspberries can be used. They should NOT be mashed!
- 10Gently fold the 2 cups of mixed frozen berries into the custard/bread mixture. Pour this into the prepared casserole dish, using a spoon to make sure that the berries are well distributed and that the raspberries are pushed down into the custard, to fill their little centers.
- 11Place the casserole dish into the broiler pan and place this into the oven, leaving the oven door open. Carefully pour the hot, boiling water into the pan, going up to 1/2 the height of the casserole. NOTE: PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I have a long-necked tea kettle so there is no risk of burning myself. However, if you feel more comfortable filling the broiler pan with the hot water prior to placing it into the oven, do what makes sense for YOU!
- 12Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until a sharp knife inserted 1 inch into the middle of the custard comes out clean. Carefully remove the broiler pan and place on a heat-proof surface. Lift the casserole out of the water, place it on a wire rack and cool for 1 hour or until a comfortable eating temperature. Allow water in broiler pan to cool, dump out when safe to the touch.
- 13Serve warm, cool, cold. Plain or with topping of choice. Just enjoy it, however you please!
- 14Directions for Orange Whipped Cream:.
- 15Have ALL of your ingredients and equipment ice cold! I store the beaters in the bowl in my frig and have a small dish of the sifted powdered sugar in there, too. (Sifting the powdered sugar after you've measured it eliminates nasty sugar lumps!)
- 16Remove bowl, beaters, whipping cream and powdered sugar from the refrigerator. Insert beaters into machine, shake whipping cream multiple times to integrate the butter fat; pour into the bowl.
- 17Starting out at the lowest speed, beat whipping cream until it slightly thickens. Starting out at a lower speed prevents splashing all over.
- 18Once cream begins to thicken, increase speed to medium high and whip until soft peaks begin to form. Increase speed to high and slowly add the powdered sugar to the whipped cream, being sure to reach all corners of the bowl if doing this with a hand mixer.
- 19When firm peaks have formed, add vanilla extract and 2-3 drops of orange oil (or orange zest) and blend only until combined, about 10 seconds.
- 20Serve a dollop of this on top of the still warm Very Berry Bread Pudding. The whipped cream is also good in your coffee, with a dash of cinnamon!
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Nutritional Facts for Very Berry Bread Pudding
Serving Size: 1 (1228 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 578.9
- Calories from Fat 294
- Total Fat 32.7 g
- Saturated Fat 18.3 g
- Cholesterol 298.7 mg
- Sodium 517.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 57.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
- Sugars 25.2 g
- Protein 13.6 g
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