Amaretto Fig Bread Pudding w/Vanilla Bean Sauce

Wendy Rusch

By
@snooksk9

Created this one day...we had some leftover amaretto soaked figs from another recipe and some old bread lying around...

It got rave reviews!!! Even made a fig lover out of someone that swore they hated figs...lol

Enjoy!


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Serves:

alot

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 c
dried figs, coarsely chopped
1/2 c
amaretto liqueur
4 Tbsp
butter, melted
8 or so c
french bread, day old or good hearty white bread
2 c
cream
2 c
milk
4
eggs
1 1/2 c
sugar
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract
1 tsp
cinnamon
1/2 tsp
nutmeg
1/2 tsp
salt
1/3 c
amaretto
3/4 c
almonds, slivered or chopped

VANILLA BEAN SAUCE

1/2 c
butter
1 c
cream
1 c
sugar
3
egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp
vanilla bean paste or 1 scraped vanilla bean
1 pinch
salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Place chopped figs in a bowl, add amaretto and enough water to just cover. Micro wave for 4-5 minutes, then set aside for at least 15 minutes. After 15 or so minutes, drain.
*You could use all amaretto to soak the figs, but that stuff is expensive, so I use a little water too
*For the ultimate amaretto soaked fig, you could let these sit over night! :o)
2
Cube bread into 1" cubes approx. and place in XL bowl, toss with melted butter then set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and amaretto. Pour over bread stirring to coat, add figs and almonds then stir again. Allow to rest 20-30 minutes.
3
Preheat oven to 350. Pour mixture into a sprayed 9x13 pan. Bake uncovered 40-50 minutes. or until top is starting to brown and crisp and center is firm.
Remove from oven and cool on racks 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with Vanilla Bean Sauce. And whipped cream if desired.
4
To Make Sauce: In heavy saucepan, whisk together all but vanilla bean and salt. Whisking constantly over medium heat until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, do not boil. Add vanilla bean and salt stirring to combine, allow to cool slightly. Serve over fig pudding.

*You could add 1/3 c amaretto to this sauce in place of or with the vanilla bean if you wanted to.

*This sauce can be made up to one week in advance, store in refrigerator in air tight container, warm in microwave before serving.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American