Sunday, July 25, 2010

100th Post!! Single Serve Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Wow! So crazy that I'm already at my 100th posting! When I started this blog 8 months ago, in November, 2009 and I had no idea how much I would enjoy it and how much better of a cook I would become as a result. I am having a blast with little past time and I want to thank you reading my blog and supporting me! Here's to another 100 recipes!  Now onto dessert...

A couple of weeks ago I found myself with a leftover loaf of french bread and a hankering for bread pudding. I didn't have enough bread for a full batch of bread pudding, so I decided to scale it down based on three single servings. My Gram Walters made the best bread pudding. It was my dad's favorite thing out of all the countless desserts Gram had in her repertoire. She put raisins in hers, but my hubby won't touch raisins with a ten foot pole and I wanted him to share in the caloric intake so I decided to whip up a caramel sauce instead. I got the idea from my brother in law, Chuck, who makes a bread pudding with croissants and caramel sauce that is out of this world . 

Single Serve Bread Pudding
*Makes three individual portions**
Modified from Cafe Munchkin 
Thanks to Gram and Chuck for the inspiration!

Printable Version
1/3 loaf of french bread
1 cup whipping cream
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cut bread into cubes and divide equally into bowls (make sure the bowls are oven proof!). Whisk together all the ingredients for the pudding and pour over the bread pieces until the are submerged. 
Cover with foil and let stand for several hours or overnight if you can wait. (I couldn't!) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the bowls in a larger pan with about a half inch of hot water. Bake for about 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the bread is puffed up and the liquid is absorbed and the tops are just lightly browned. 
Caramel Sauce
From Southern Food

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup boiling water
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cream
Vanilla to taste

Mix sugar with flour in saucepan; blend well. Add water and salt. Stir while cooking for 6 to 8 minutes. If too thick add a little more water. Remove from heat; stir in butter, cream, and vanilla to taste. 



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