Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bread Pudding

Although bread pudding is good all year round, it's an especially delicious dessert to serve during cold months. Since we get very little true winter weather here in Louisiana, we serve it even when it's hot outside. (Kinda like coffee...good anytime!)

Before the bread pudding directions, a heads up about our regularly scheduled Writing Wednesday post tomorrow ~~ a guest blogger with an unusual take on the writing life will be here, so don't forget to come by!

This version of the popular dessert comes courtesy of my daddy's friend Al Smith who caters and creates yummy dishes for his clients. Enjoy!

Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Can evaporated milk
1 Can water
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 stick margarine/butter
1 loaf day old French bread
1/8 Tbsp. almond extract

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except bread. Mix well. Tear bread into chunks and add to bowl until most of the liquid is absorbed. (Leave moist enough so that when a spoon is mashed down on the bread, liquid still oozes.)

Pour into 8x8 baking dish you've coated with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until light brown in color.

Amaretto Sauce

1 egg
1 Cup sugar
1 stick butter/margarine
1/3 Cup Amaretto

In top of double boiler, add sugar, egg and margarine. Heat, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is smooth.

Add Amaretto and cook 3-4 minutes longer. Pour over bread pudding when it is ready. Serve warm and watch the smiles appear.

*Photo by indichick7


♥ Braja said...

I feel the same about Bread Pudding; I make it here in the cold months, which are actually just a few weeks, but I'll eat it any time. today would be good :)

Red Bird said...

Ooh, yummy- hubby loves bread pudding!
What else can you use besides the Amaretto, Angie?

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I'm drooling. Bread pudding is one of my favs!
Rock on!
~ Wendy

Michelle H. said...

Yum-yum! I love bread pudding, especially the kind with raisins.

Jessica said...

I had it a few times and liked it. Girl, you are so full of recipes!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Braja - I wonder if I mailed you some to India, how it'd taste once it arrived? :)

Red Bird - The traditional sauce for bread pudding is lemon. Here's a simple recipe for that:
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
2 cups boiling water
4 tbsp margarine/butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
Mix sugar and cornstarch in a 2-qt. saucepan. Gradually stir in boiling water. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the margarine, lemon juice and rind, and you're ready to spoon it over warm bread pudding!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Mine too Wendy. Thanks!

Michelle - yes ma'am. Raisins good in the rice pudding too. :)

Jessica - I'm full of something alright. (hehe)

kimmi said...

I love bread pudding, yum. I do mine with bourbon but this looks great!!

Red Bird said...

Thank you, Angie- the lemon sauce looks yummy too! He's the teetotaler in the family so maybe I'll make the amaretto for me and the lemon for him!

Strange Fiction said...

Oh, that bread pudding looks so good! I'll have to make some this winter for sure! Thanks!

Angie Ledbetter said...

kimmi - I love the Kentucky version too. :)

There ya go, Red Bird. A twofer!

Strange Fiction - Lemon sauce, brandy sauce, bourbon sauce, Amaretto sauce....oh the varieties! :)

Mandy said...

I love bread pudding! This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

Melissa Marsh said...

Oooh, that looks divine!

Bane of Anubis said...

I remember the first time I tried bread pudding -- It was V-Day 2003 at The State Grille in Houston. Being from up north (does DC count as up north?), I'd never had the stuff before and I was quite wary.

It's been a love affair ever since (though I cannot abide by the stiff, dry bread pudding... the soggier, the better).

Cheffie-Mom said...

I love bread pudding and I have a wonderful recipe to share with you! Let me find it!

Laura Martone said...

I never liked bread pudding as a child of New Orleans... and then my hubby came along. He's a good cook, and he particularly likes New Orleans cuisine (in honor of our adopted part-time home). Just a few days ago, he made his own version of traditional bread pudding - made with cherries and dark chocolate. Ooh-la-la!

Incidentally, I didn't know that lemon was the traditional sauce. In most New Orleans restaurants, rum or bourbon sauce seems to be more common - and I've never liked either much. But I would LOVE to try Al's amaretto sauce... that sounds divine! Thanks!

Suzanne said...


Terri Tiffany said...

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Scott said...

Can you say carbohydrate overload!?!?!?

I love amaretto - on the rocks! Yum! Perhaps I'll try this dessert out next time I have dinner club at the house. Of course, I'll have to try it out before then and give it the ultimate test: if Frank goes back for seconds, it's a winner. If he doesn't, bye-bye new recipe! : )


Karen said...

Okay, when can I come over?

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Thanks a lot! The doctor put me on a gluten free diet for 6 mos, and I come here and what do I see, a lovely shot of bread pudding. :-(

I'm busy trying to figure out what I can make to at least enjoy the amaretto sauce on though. So all is not lost!

Carmen said...

Thank you for the recipes!! My husband loves bread pudding, but apparently I don't make it like his mother does (rolling eyes). I'll copy this one and make it for him. I bet it'll be better. Hehehe...

Carmen said...

PS: how much is a stick of butter? I really have no clue...we only use cup measures here...

Scott said...

Carmen - 8 Tablespoons = 1 Stick of Butter

Diane said...

Sounds super moist! :O)

Agnieszkas Shoes said...

Angie, that looks amazing. It looks for all the world as though you've got some crushed walnuts in there in the pic. That would be raelly good (especially if the walnuts were pickled in amaretto and the licquor from that were used in the sauce.

Anonymous said...

What a great receipe. Looks dynamite.

Carmen said...

Thanks Scott!

Embee said...

Thanks for the awesome recipe. Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts and I love finding new recipes for it!!

Marguerite said...

Kee-awwwww, Cest bon, sha! I think that I will have to make this decadent looking bread pudding very soon. Thanks for the yummy recipe! Cheers!

Debbie said...

Confession time. I have never learned to appreciate bread pudding. What if I just made the amaretto sauce and drank that? Would that be OK?

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