Mini Rum-Raisin Bread Puddings
Position oven rack in center of oven; preheat to 325 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray.Advertisement
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small micro wave-safe bowl. Whisk eggs, milk, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons rum (or cider), cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg in a large bowl. Whisk in the melted butter and raisins. Gently stir in bread. Let stand, stirring occasionally, to let the bread absorb the liquid, about 15 minutes.
Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin cups (about 1/3 cup each). Top each with about 1 teaspoon pecans.
Bake the puddings on the center rack until set and just beginning to brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Gently loosen and remove with a paring knife.
Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons rum (or cider) and pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking, until bubbling and the sugar is mostly dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk in half-and-half and continue cooking, whisking vigorously and constantly, until bubbling and thickened slightly, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat and whisk slowly for 1 minute more. Let the sauce stand until ready to serve; it will thicken as it sits.
Serve the bread puddings with the sauce.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the puddings and the sauce in separate containers for up to 1 day.
Equipment: Nonstick muffin tin with 12 (1/2-cup) cups
1/2 Fruit, 1/2 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat