Nothing is wasted in a Cajun kitchen where stale bread becomes a luscious dessert. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1993

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Ingredients

Bread Pudding

Bourbon Sauce

Directions

  • To make Bread Pudding: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring twice, or until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, spread pecans in a pie plate and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool and chop coarsely.

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  • Whisk together eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl. Blend in evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the toasted bread, pecans and raisins. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, lightly coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with canola oil or nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon of the sugar. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Skim off froth and cook until it begins to turn light nutty brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. (Be careful not to burn the butter.) Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

  • Pour the bread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Drizzle browned butter over the top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sugar. Bake the pudding for 40 minutes, or until firm in the center. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until the top is brown and puffed.

  • To make Bourbon Sauce: Meanwhile, place a deep mixing bowl, beaters and evaporated skim milk in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes. Beat evaporated milk in the chilled bowl, using an electric mixer, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Gradually add sugar, bourbon and yogurt and beat for several minutes longer, or until thickened. Serve over warm bread pudding.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; 5.7 g total fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 206 mg sodium. 58.9 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; Full Nutrition