Walnut Bread Pudding with Vanilla Caramel Sauce

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 1 h
  • Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • Bread Pudding:
  • 6 cups cubed artisan raisin bread or artisan dried fruit bread 1.5 L
  • 1 3/4 cups milk 425 mL
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar 60 mL
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 5 mL
  • 1 tsp vanilla 5 mL
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 125 mL
  • Vanilla Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar 250 mL
  • 1/2 cup water 125 mL
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup 35% whipping cream 60 mL
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla 1 mL
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 60 mL
  • pinch salt

Directions

  • Step 1

    Bread Pudding

  • Step 2

    Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spread bread on baking sheet; bake in preheated oven until golden, 12 to 15 min. Set aside to cool.

  • Step 3

    Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in bowl until well blended. Place bread and walnuts in greased 9-inch (2.5 L) square baking dish. Pour in egg mixture; toss to coat. Let stand for 15 min., stirring halfway through to soak bread completely. Smooth top; bake until golden and set, about 30 min.

  • Step 4

    Vanilla Caramel Sauce

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, stir together sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until mixture is a light caramel colour, about 20 min. Remove from heat immediately.

  • Step 6

    Working quickly, discard cinnamon stick; whisk in cream and vanilla. Stir in walnuts and salt.

  • Step 7

    Drizzle hot caramel sauce over warm bread pudding to serve.

Tip

To create a gluten-free bread pudding, the raisin bread can be substituted with 6 cups (1.5 L) of a sweet gluten-free artisan bread variety.

Making caramel sauce requires a watchful eye, as sugar tends to burn easily, going from golden and sweet to dark and bitter in an instant. Our recipe uses water to start the caramel, which slows down the cooking process of the sugar, making it easier to control. Keep the sauce at a simmer, and pay close attention to its colour once you reach the 20-minute mark.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per Serving (1/8 of the recipe)
  • Calories 530
  • Fat 18 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Carbs 81 g
  • Sugar 47 g
  • Protein 12 g
  • Cholesterol 110 mg
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 375 mg