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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

Raghavan Iyer


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

278 calories; 5 g total fat; 1.2 g saturated fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 153 mg sodium. 351 mg potassium; 52 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g fiber; 36 g sugar; 8.1 g protein; 897 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 30 mcg folate; 147 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 41 mg magnesium; 20 g added sugar;