Filed under: DESSERT | Tags: apricots, bread, bread pudding recipes, dried fruit, dried fruits, fruit mixture, milk, plain soy milk, pudding, raisins
I wanted to take a picture of the pudding plated, but it smelled and tasted so good that it was gone before I had a chance. I combined two great bread pudding recipes – one from Simply Recipes and one from Gourmet – to make this amazing dessert.
- 1 baguette (homemade is best)
- 1 cup cream
- 3 cups milk (I used 1 cup skim and 2 cups plain soy milk)
- 3 large eggs
- 3 T unsalted butter, melted
- 2 t vanilla
- 2/3 cup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/4 cups chopped mixed dried fruit such as raisins and apricots
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
Cut enough 1-inch pieces from baguette to measure about 5-6 cups.
Stir together eggs, butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Then whisk in cream, milk, and vanilla.
Add bread and soak, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil brandy and water with dried fruits in a small heavy saucepan until liquid is reduced to about 2 Tbsp, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
Stir fruit mixture into bread mixture, then transfer to a 2 Quart baking dish. Bake until custard is set and bread is golden in places, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool slightly before serving.