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 Cubed Bread--We suggest Brioche, Challah or another sweet bread.
1/2 C Toasted Nuts, Chopped
Optional Halloween Decoration Items:
Chocolate Wafers, Milano Cookies, Gummy Worms, Red Gel for writing and whatever else comes to your imagination!
Bloody Good Simply Strawberry Sauce
Grease 9"x13' x 2" rectangle baking dish with butter or coat with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spread cubed bread on cookie sheet and toast until dry. Browning the edges of the cubes improves the bread pudding texture, however, avoid burnt bread at all costs. Allow 12 - 20 minutes, depending on the moisture content of your bread. Set aside.
Whisk eggs until fluffy then add next 5 ingredients. Beat mixture until smooth.
Toss bread and toasted almonds in pan.
Pour egg mixture over the bread and toss to coat. Let stand 5-15 minutes until bread is thoroughly saturated.
Place pudding pan inside larger cooking pan and create a "bain marie" by adding enough boiling water to the sheet so that it is 1" deep around pudding pan.
Place in oven and bake until pudding is puffed and golden brown on top, and toothpick comes out clean, approximately 50-60 minutes.
While the pudding cooks prepare the Bourbon Sauce.
Remove pudding from the oven and let cool slightly.
To create a boo-tiful graveyard atop your bread pudding, let the pudding cool slightly, then, liberally sprinkle a layer of 'dirt' made from grinding any chocolate cookies, like oreos, or other edible biscuits into fine crumbs.
To create tombstones, use Milanos or other wafer cookies and a red gel pen to decorate with 'RIP' or other spooky sayings. Add any other favorite scary props, like gummy worms, candied eyeballs, bones, etc....
For other fall gatherings consider adding sugared fresh mint leaves or even maple leaf cookies.
This dessert makes an incredible centerpiece. So display early and let all the ghouls drool over the visual spectacle with anticipation before you scoop, slather and serve with the bloody good sauces.
Note: Not hosting a crowd this Hallow's Eve? The recipe can be simply halved to serve less monsters. Watch the episode of "Tastes From Home" for tips & tricks.
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