Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bread Pudding, Apricot or Other Dried Fruit

This is from the Hannah Swensen Murder Mystery Series.  I am including this as a basic bread pudding.  Kathy at Kan-Do Kampground in Danville, MO made bread pudding using leftover cinnamon rolls and it was delish!

Do not preheat oven yet. 
The bread pudding must settle for 30 minutes before baking. 

Ingredients:
8 slices of white bread (either homemade or “store bought”) 
½ cup melted butter (1 stick— ¼ pound) 
1/ 3 cup white sugar 
½ cup chopped dried apricots (not too fine , you want some chunks) Dare I say, I would rather try apples or something here--or even NO fruits!
3 beaten eggs (just whip them up with a fork) 
2 ¼ cups top milk * (you can use light cream or Half’n Half) 
Heavy cream, sweetened whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream for a topping 

Directions:
Generously butter a 2-quart casserole. 
Remove the crusts from the bread and cut each slice into 4 triangles. 
(Just make an “X” with your knife.) 
(this is where Kathy used the leftover cinnamon rolls!)
Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and put in the bread triangles, tossing them lightly with a spoon until they’re coated with butter. 
Arrange approximately a third of the triangles in the bottom of the casserole. 
Sprinkle on a third of the sugar and half of the chopped apricots. 
Put down half of the remaining bread triangles, sprinkle on half of the remaining sugar, and add ALL of the remaining apricots. 
Cover with the rest of the bread triangles . 
Scrape the bowl to get out any butter that remains in the bottom of the bowl and put that on top. 
Sprinkle with the last of the sugar and set aside. 
Whip up the eggs in the butter bowl and whisk in the light cream. 
Pour this over the top of the casserole and let it stand at room temperature for thirty minutes. 
(This gives the bread time to absorb the egg and cream mixture.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 
Bake the bread pudding uncovered, for 45 to 55 minutes, until the pudding is set and the top is golden brown. 
Let it cool slightly (five minutes or so) and serve in dessert dishes with heavy cream , sweetened whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top. 
You can make this with any dried fruit , including currants or raisins.

Fluke, Joanne (2007-02-01). Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery) (pp. 81-82). Kensington Publishing Corp. Kindle Edition.

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