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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Crock Pot Bread Pudding with Kahlua Sauce

Bread pudding is such a rich, decadent, and sumptuous treat that it's hard to believe the ingredients are so simple.  I consider bread pudding to be a comfort food.  The sight of the chunks of browned bread along with the scents of vanilla and cinnamon make me think of warm kitchens, good food, and good times. 

I've seen this casserole called crock pot French toast.  Oh heck no!  We southern girls know that this is bread pudding!

Mix this up and put it on to cook before heading to work for a yummy dessert.  Or, if you want to something take for a crowd-pleasing pot luck dinner, put it on to cook at night, turn the crock on low, and in the morning you'll have bread pudding ready to serve.  The Kahlua sauce keeps well in the refrigerator and reheats easily.  Make extra sauce if you like it served over ice cream. 

Bread Pudding
1/2 loaf bread with pieces torn into chunks (the more stale it is, the better)
6 eggs
2 cups milk 
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or 1 tablespoon white sugar and 1 tablespoon maple syrup)
1/2 cup pecan pieces (or raisins, if you prefer)

In large bowl mix eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar.  Fold in bread.  Allow to sit or rest for 15 minutes.  Pour half of mixture into greased crock pot.  Add half of pecans.  Pour remaining mixture into crock pot and top with remaining pecans.  Turn crock pot on low and allow to cook for 6 hours, minimum. Approximately 15-20 minutes before serving, remove the lid from the crock pot and turn crock on high.  This will "brown" the top of the bread pudding.  When ready to serve, scoop out and top with Kahlua sauce (recipe below).  

Kahlua Sauce 
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 stick of butter 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Kahlua

In medium saucepan combine sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla.  Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously, until mixture begins to steam and bubbles form.  Add Kahlua, stirring rapidly, and heat through again to near boiling point.  Remove from heat and continue to stir rapidly until no bubbles remain in sauce.  Serve over warm bread pudding.  

For an extra treat, top bread pudding with a dollop of ice cream, then top all with the Kahlua sauce. It is divine!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing these awesome crock pot recipes. My family and I tend to eat the same thing every week due to the fact that both parents work full-time jobs and by the time baby is picked up from preschool we are all exhausted. These crock pot recipes give me a better idea of ways to incorporate new meals. The food will be done by the time we get home and not spending an hour trying to cook after we finally make it home from work. Pickup Lines Google Gravity Tricks I love you quotes Good Night Quotes