This is the dessert I served for our 9th Wedding Anniversary Dinner. With the other items on the menu, I wanted something that was light & not too sweet, my husband loves Bread Pudding, & this one was easy & simple enough, so I thought I'd give it a try, but not without a few add ins of my own.
I might have known my hubby would prefer it without the sauce, while I prefer it WITH THE SAUCE. He doesn't care for a lot of sweet things, except me. SMILE
I doubled this recipe, or it would have been a very skimpy dessert. I started to make individual ones, but chose instead the Kugelhopf Pan.
ORIGINAL RECIPE FOUND IN COOKBOOK A1 Steak House Favorites. Please Note this is a DOUBLE RECIPE and I chose to use my Nordic Wear 10 cup capacity Kugelhopf Bundt Pan INSTEAD OF A 2 QUART CASSEROLE DISH AS SUGGESTED IN THE ORIGINAL RECIPE. I had just enough left over to make a very small sample and it was fantastic. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F.
Originally I had started to use my individual loaf pans but decided to make it instead in the Bundt Pan. IT WOULD BE a GREAT IDEA FOR INDIVIDUAL SERVINGS.
Cube bread to measure 8 cups and set aside.
Add the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, Vanilla bean paste or Extract, butter extract, & milk to a large bowl. Beat till completely blended together.
Spray a 4 quart casserole dish or at least a 10 -12 cup Bundt pan with non stick cooking spray. Set aside till needed. Add the cubed bread to the milk & egg mixture, stir till well coated, then allow to sit in mixture about 10 minutes to absorb some of the egg mixture.
Pour into prepared baking dish, notice the 2 inch gap from top of pan, because it will rise as it bakes. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 1 hour if it is a double recipe, or 40 to 45 minutes if it is a single recipe, or until mixture is completely set.
Remove from oven, and allow to sit in pan about 10 minutes. Notice how pudding rose over top of pan. It is IMPORTANT NOT TO OVER FILL.
Invert onto serving platter. TO MAKE THE SAUCE, ADD THE CARAMEL TOPPING AND BOURBON, RUM, or milk TO A SMALL SAUCE PAN, over medium low heat until warm, then serve warm sauce over pudding, add whipped cream, or whipped topping if desired.