Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce


Bread Pudding
8 ounces French bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups whipping cream
1 cup whole milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
1/2 cup sugar
18 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Baker's), coarsely chopped
6 large egg yolks
3 large eggs

Rum Sauce
1 stick butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup cream
1/4 to 1/3 cup Malibu Rum



Preheat oven to 275F.

Arrange bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake until light golden and dry, about 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to rack; cool completely. Increase oven temperature to 350F.

Combine 3 cups whipping cream, 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar in heavy large saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 10 ounces white chocolate (about 1 3/4 cups) and stir until melted and smooth. Whisk yolks and eggs in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in warm chocolate mixture.

Place bread cubes in 2-quart glass baking dish. Add half of chocolate mixture. Press bread cubes into chocolate mixture. Let stand 15 minutes. Gently mix in remaining chocolate mixture. Cover dish with foil.

Bake pudding 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer pudding to rack and cool slightly. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Warm covered pudding in 350F oven for 30 minutes before serving.)

Rum Sauce
Melt butter, then add sugar and cook until sugar is melted, approximately 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add cream and rum. Can be made ahead and heated in microwave 30 40 seconds before serving. 


This bread pudding is so rich and decadent, that words cannot begin to describe it.  And the rum sauce is out of this world!!

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