Need a ghoulishly gooey dessert that will please monsters of all ages? Make this steamy Bread Pudding and turn it into a graveyard of delicious delight. Or if you just want to serve up warm comfort for brunch, a tailgate party or even Thanksgiving, this recipe will serve as a tasty base and you can just let your imagination fuel the decorations on top!
2 C Milk
2 C Heavy Whipping Cream
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 T Vanilla
1 T Bourbon (and some more bourbon)
8 C Brioche & Challah, Cubed
1/2 C Toasted Almonds, Chopped
Grease 9"x13' x 2" rectangle baking dish with butter or coat with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 375°
Spread cubed bread on cookie sheet and toast until dry, achieving brown edges improves the bread pudding, however, avoid burnt bread at all cost. allow 12 - 20 minutes, depending on the moisture content of your bread. Set aside
Whisk eggs until fluffy then add next 5 ingredients. Beat until mixture is smooth.
Toss bread and toasted almonds in pan.
Pour egg mixture over the bread and toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes.
Place pudding pan on top of the cooking sheet and add enough boiling water to the sheet so that it is 1" deep around pudding pan.
Bake until pudding is puffed and golden brown on top, approximately 50-60 minutes.
While the pudding bakes, prepare the Bourbon Sauce.
Remove pan with pudding from the oven and the water bath sheet and let cool slightly.
top the pudding with a layer of 'dirt' and even raised 'graves' utilizing any chocolate cookies available - grind them to fine crumbs in the food processor and use them liberally to create a flat graveyard atop your beautiful bread pudding.
Use Milano or other wafer cookies for gravestones (decorate with 'RIP') and add your favorite scary props, eyeballs, bones, etc....
This makes an incredible decoration that can be introduced to a gathering early and enjoyed visually long before being spoon scooped and served with bourbon sauce and spicy strawberry (BLOOD) sauce for yet another level of delicious amazing flavor.