Chocolate Praline Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Cream

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Makes: 9  servings Prep 30 mins  plus standing Bake 350°F 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 3/4 cup  pecan halves, toasted
  • 8 ounces  crustless day-old bread, cut into 1-inch-thick cubes
  • 3 cups  heavy or whipping cream
  • 3 large whole eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 9 ounces  bittersweet chocolate, chopped and divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 cup  heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons  confectioners' sugar

Directions

1. For Praline, grease a cookie sheet; set aside. Combine the 3/4 cup sugar and the water in a heavy medium-size skillet and cook over medium heat 10 minutes, until golden brown (do not stir). Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Immediately pour praline onto cookie sheet. Cool completely. Chop into small pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

2. For Bread Pudding, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch glass baking dish. Place bread in a large bowl. Set both aside.

3. Bring the 3 cups heavy cream to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1 cup of hot cream into egg mixture. Then, whisk hot cream-egg mixture back into cream in saucepan and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Add 3 ounces of chocolate, stirring until melted. Pour mixture over bread, stirring until bread absorbs all the liquid. Stir in remaining 6 ounces chocolate, the salt and 1 cup praline.

4. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Place in a large roasting pan. (Make sure there is at least 1 inch of space between baking pan and roasting pan.) Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to reach halfway up sides of baking dish. Bake 45 minutes, until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove pudding from water bath and cool 10 to 20 minutes on a wire rack.

5. For Cinnamon Cream, beat the 1/2 cup heavy cream and the cinnamon in a small mixer bowl on medium-high speed, until soft peaks form. Beat in confectioners' sugar just until combined.

6. For each serving, spoon cinnamon cream over pudding and sprinkle with remaining praline. Makes 9 servings.

Note

  • Nutrition facts are based on 1 serving bread pudding with 1 tablespoon cinnamon cream and 1 tablespoon chopped praline.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Bread Pudding can be made up to 24 hours ahead. Cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Heat in a 350 degree F. oven 30 minutes, until hot or microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes, until center is warm.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 9
  • cal.(kcal)750,
  • Fat, total(g)55,
  • chol.(mg)269,
  • sat. fat(g)29,
  • carb.(g)62,
  • fiber(g)2,
  • pro.(g)10,
  • sodium(mg)227,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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