Monday, January 2, 2012

Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce

Last year Mark and I ate a delicious dinner at the Boat Street Cafe.  A friend of Mark's suggested we order the amaretto bread pudding for dessert.  Bread pudding is certainly not a dessert I would chose on my own.  I'm more prone to order a warm chocolate cake.  However, this bread pudding was out. of. this. world.  Amazing!  I've been dreaming about it since and was excited to find this recipe to try out.  It was also fantastic!  Panettone bread is only around at Christmas time but I think it would be just as delicious made with a loaf of raisin bread.  Also, if you live in the Seattle area, come over and borrow 1/4 c. of Amaretto.  I've got plenty to go around!

Sauce:
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Bread Pudding:
1 (1-pound) loaf panettone bread, crusts trimmed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups sugar

Directions
To make the sauce: Bring the cream, milk, and sugar to a boil in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, mix the amaretto and cornstarch to blend and then whisk into the cream mixture. Simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Set aside and keep warm. (The amaretto sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before serving.)

To make the bread pudding: Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Arrange the bread cubes in the prepared dish. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk, and sugar to blend. Pour the custard over the bread cubes, and press the bread cubes gently to submerge. Let stand for 30 minutes, occasionally pressing the bread cubes into the custard mixture. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake until the pudding puffs and is set in the center, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Spoon the bread pudding into bowls, drizzle with the warm amaretto sauce, and serve.

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