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- Banana/walnut bread pudding w/cognac sauce
- Prickly Pear
Serves/Makes:One 3-qt casserole, 3" deep
- 3 T butter (for casserole dish)
- 1 loaf white bread (fresh homemade is BEST!! and worth the effort)
- 1 banana
- 4 large eggs
- 3-1/2 cups (825 ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) heavy, whipping-style cream
- 1-1/3 cups (325 ml) sugar
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp (1 ml) cinnamon
- 1/2 c walnuts, FINELY chopped
- 1 stick BUTTER
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) cognac
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
- 1/4 tsp (1 ml) freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup (175 ml) heavy, whipping-style cream
- Butter casserole with 3 tbsp (45 ml) butter.
- Cut bread into to 1/2" cubes and place in buttered casserole.
- In blender, puree banana, eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
- Pour liquid over bread cubes and let stand 1 HOUR, pressing down now and then with a spatula to make sure bread cubes are thoroughly wet.
- Just prior to baking sprinkle walnuts over top and press into pudding well with the spatula.
- Bake at 375 degrees (200 C.) until top is puffed and lightly golden--about 1 hour (Pudding will puff up--may have cracks--and will decrease in size as it cools; THIS IS EXPECTED).
- Drizzle Cognac Sauce (recipe below) over top and serve warm.
- Cognac Sauce:
- In large (2-qt capacity) bowl melt the butter.
- Whisk in sugar, cognac, water and nutmeg.
- Cook in microwave on medium high, stirring well after each minute, until the mixture is well blended and has come to a boil.
- Whisk an egg until frothy; then vigorously whisk into the cognac mixture.
- Return sauce to microwave and cook on high until thickened--stirring every 30 seconds.
- After sauce has cooled to room temperature, whisk in the heavy cream.
- Store left over sauce and pudding in the refrigerator--warm in microwave with the sauce on the pudding to serve after it's cold.
- I took my grandmother's old, farm-style bread pudding recipe and jazzed it up. It goes over quite well--even people who tell me they don't like bread pudding end up asking for the recipe! (Unlike some dessert sauces that have liquor in them--this one is mild and only serves to compliment to delicate flavor of the bread pudding.)
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