White Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding

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Looks fancy, but is easy to make? Sign us up. This dessert – a genius way to use old buns or rolls – is jazzed up with white chocolate and cherries is a sure winner with decadence to spare. Everyone will love this so much, you'll wish you'd made a double-batch.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

Bread pudding:

  • 8 day-old Ball Park® Hamburger Buns, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 ½ cups dried sour cherries (or other dried fruit)

  • 2 cups cherry or apple juice

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 (11 ounce) package white chocolate chips

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 5 eggs, beaten

Topping:

  • 1 cup creme fraiche

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine dried cherries, juice and 2 tablespoons sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir a minute or two until sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove from heat and set aside. (Note: If you use Grand Marnier instead, combine cherries and liqueur in a bowl, cover and allow to sit overnight to soak.)

  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. In a saucepan, combine white chocolate, half & half, milk and sugar, heating over medium heat about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring until chocolate melts and is thoroughly combined.

  5. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and reduce heat to simmer.

  6. Stir a little of the hot mixture into the beaten eggs and stir well to temper the eggs. Slowly add the tempered eggs into the white-chocolate mixture and stir to combine.

  7. Drain cherries and reserve the liquid.

  8. Butter a 9x9-inch baking pan or 8 ramekins.

  9. Place half the cubed buns in the pan or ramekins, top with half of the cherries. Follow with the rest of the cubed buns and the remaining cherries.

  10. Ladle the white chocolate liquid over the bread and cherries. Press down slightly to make sure the liquid soaks into the bread thoroughly.

  11. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes away clean. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

  12. Make topping by combining creme fraiche, confectioner's sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the reserved cherry liquid, stirring well.

  13. Top the bread pudding with the creme and serve warm.

Tip:

You can substitute other dried fruits for the cherries, such as cranberries or chopped apricots. If you like, use Grand Marnier orange liqueur instead of cherry juice when soaking the dried fruit to add an extra-special flair.

Note: Creme fraiche is much like sour cream but less tangy, and it's not as fluffy as whipped cream. If you don't find it in your grocer's dairy case, you can always use whipped cream instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

811 Calories
38g Fat
108g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 811
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 21g 106%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 325mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 108g 39%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 264mg 20%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 684mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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