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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

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8

Nutrition Profile:

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Ingredients

Bread Pudding
Sauce

Directions

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

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  • 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.

Tips

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; protein 8.1g; carbohydrates 52g; dietary fiber 3.7g; sugars 36.3g; fat 5g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 49.5mg; vitamin a iu 897IU; vitamin c 2.7mg; folate 30.5mcg; calcium 147mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 40.7mg; potassium 350.6mg; sodium 153.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 20g.
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