Saturday, October 17, 2009

Warm White Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

This weekend, we were invited to a friends' house warming party, and I thought of making either a desert or quiche since we had two cartons of fresh eggs at home. I learned that the host had several savory appetizers lined up already, so I decided to go with a bread pudding. Bread puddings are one of the simplest deserts one could ever make! I thought of making the bread pudding in cupcake tins, to avoid the slicing/serving for the expected 50 - 60 guests.
It came out quite successful. One of the kind-hearted guests asked me if I was the bread pudding master! What a nice compliment - the best thing one could ever receive =)

This bread pudding is soft and moist, and the cherries cut the sweetness just nicely.

24 1/2-inch brioche, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries
8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 stick of butter


Preheat oven to 400°F.
Bring cream, milk, and sugar to simmer in heavy large saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Whisk eggs in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into eggs. Whisk in Grand Marnier and vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg

Butter eight 1 1/4-cup soufflé dishes; arrange on rimmed baking sheet. For alternative, use cupcake baking dish. In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar and butter

Place brioche cubes at the bottom of each dish. Top each with 1 heaping tablespoon of cherries. Sprinkle with white chocolate. Divide custard among dishes, using about 3/4 cup for each. Let stand 30 minutes, pressing down on bread occasionally. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture.

Bake bread puddings until tops are puffed and brown, about 40 - 50 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes.
Enjoy and serve warm. Pairs well with a caramel sauce or white chocolate sauce( but I personally am not a fan of caramel and gooey sauces) but this is yummy enough to stand on its own.

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