Mamma’s Bread Pudding with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

Bread Pudding Recipes
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Recipe from Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes, by author and chef John Besh,

Bread pudding is a cold-weather classic, and John Besh serves his mother’s recipe with another favorite, hot-buttered rum sauce. Baking it in a bundt pan makes it appealing both to the eye and the taste buds. In Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes, Besh presents easy, time-honored dishes that celebrate his hometown’s culinary heritage.

  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 11 eggs
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 4 cups cubed, stale French bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • For the Rum Sauce:
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salt

Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest in large mixing bowl. Stir in bread cubes. Let soak at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour bread mixture into buttered bundt pan. Bake until crispy and golden, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until light brown, with a rich, nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Add corn syrup, sugar, rum, cream, vanilla and salt. Reduce sauce until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Turn bundt pan over on large platter. Carefully unmold bread pudding. Pour buttered rum sauce over pudding. Serves 8–10.

Published on December 11, 2015
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
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