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Mini Rum-Raisin Bread Puddings

March/April 2014

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This raisin- and pecan-studded bread pudding recipe is made in a muffin tin. The cute little mini bread puddings will have all your friends and family swooning and asking for the recipe. Country bread with a solid crust gives the bread pudding a nice toothsome texture. If you don’t care for rum, use apple cider in its place.


Mini Rum-Raisin Bread Puddings

Makes: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 pudding & 1 tbsp.

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Equipment: Nonstick muffin tin with 12 (1/2-cup) cups

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons dark rum or apple cider, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 5 cups cubed or torn whole-wheat country bread (1/2 inch)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

Preparation

  1. Position oven rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small microwave-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.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin cups (about 1/3 cup each). Top each with about 1 teaspoon pecans.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve the bread puddings with the sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the puddings and the sauce in separate containers for up to 1 day.

Nutrition

Per serving: 243 calories; 9 g fat (4 g sat, 3 g mono); 47 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 19 g added sugars; 25 g total sugars; 6 g protein; 2 g fiber; 135 mg sodium; 218 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Health & Diet Considerations
Low cholesterol
Low sodium
Healthy weight
Low calorie
Total Time
1 hour or less
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Dessert
Type of Dish
Desserts, other
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Publication
March/April 2014
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