Pungent and aromatic cinnamon perfumes this bread pudding and sweet-tart sauce. The sauce, made with cranberries and golden raisins, gets a toasty flavor from mustard seeds and a touch of heat from chile peppers.

Raghavan Iyer
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010


Bread Pudding


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare pudding: Preheat oven to 350F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Combine bread, 1/2 cup brown sugar, raisins, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Allow the bread cubes to swell a bit and absorb the liquid, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

  • Transfer the bread mixture to the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in a larger baking pan filled halfway with hot tap water. Place together in the oven. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Remove the baking dish from the water bath and let stand for about 15 minutes.

  • To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds, cover, and cook until the seeds stop popping (not unlike popcorn), 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in chiles to taste and cook until blackened and smoky, about 30 seconds.

  • Add cranberries and raisins. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the raisins are plump, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and cook, stirring, so the sugar melts, about 30 seconds. Pour in water and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce turns syrupy-thick, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the chiles.

  • Slice the pudding into 8 pieces and spoon some sauce over each. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Steps 4-5) for up to 1 day. Reheat before serving; thin with a little water, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

277.5 calories; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 52g 17% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 36.3g; fat 5g 8% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 49.5mg 17% DV; vitamin a iu 897IU 18% DV; vitamin c 2.7mg 5% DV; folate 30.5mcg 8% DV; calcium 147mg 15% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 40.7mg 15% DV; potassium 350.6mg 10% DV; sodium 153.3mg 6% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV; added sugar 20g.