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Rum-Raisin Bread Pudding

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Serves 12.

Yields one 9x13-inch bread pudding

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 90

A rum-spiked custard and plump raisins take the ultimate in comfort-food desserts beyond mere kids' fare. Create your own customized bread pudding with the Recipe Maker.

  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • 6 cups half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • 1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • 10 cups 1-inch, day-old croissant cubes
  • 1 cup golden raisins, soaked in very hot water for 30 minutes and drained thoroughly

In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the yolks and eggs. Slowly whisk in the sugar and salt until thoroughly combined. Pour the half-and-half into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until steaming but not bubbling. Slowly whisk the half-and-half into the egg mixture until thoroughly combined. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large Pyrex measuring cup or heatproof bowl. Whisk in the rum and vanilla extract.

Put the bread cubes in a 9x13-inch baking dish and pour the custard on top. Make sure the bread is as submerged in the custard as possible and let cool at room temperature for about an hour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 and up to 24 hours.

Heat the oven to 325°F. Transfer the bread mixture to a large mixing bowl and gently fold in the raisins. Return the mixture to the baking dish.

Cover the pudding loosely with foil and bake at 325° F for 70 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until no liquid custard is visible when you poke a small hole in the center with a paring knife, 20 to 40 minutes more.

Let the pudding cool on a rack. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled, with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on 12 servings; Calories (kcal): 460; Fat (g): fat g 24; Fat Calories (kcal): 210; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 13; Protein (g): protein g 10; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 40; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 480; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 235; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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