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Blueberry Mexican Bread Pudding

Yield Makes 8 servings
Notes: This recipe comes from Suzanne Carreiro, who teaches cooking in San Rafael, California. If fresh blueberries aren't available, use frozen unsugared ones (don't thaw before adding). Instead of purchased bread cubes, toast 6 cups 1/2-inch cubes of French bread in a 10- by 15-inch pan in a 350° oven, stirring often, 10 to 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 pound jack cheese
  • 6 cups (1 package, about 7 1/2 oz.) unseasoned dried bread cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot-flavor syrup
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Nutrition Information

  • calories 498
  • caloriesfromfat 42 %
  • protein 11 g
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 9.6 g
  • carbohydrate 65 g
  • fiber 2.4 g
  • sodium 445 mg
  • cholesterol 46 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse and drain blueberries if fresh.

  2. Put butter and cinnamon in a 9- by 13-inch casserole. Heat in a 350° oven until butter is melted, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, cut cheese into 1/2-inch cubes.

  4. Add dried bread cubes to casserole and mix well.

  5. Combine apricot-flavor syrup, lemon peel, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water. Pour over bread, mixing well.

  6. Add pecans, cheese, and blueberries to casserole and gently mix to distribute evenly.

  7. Cover casserole tightly with foil. Bake for 20 minutes in a 350° oven. Uncover casserole and bake until pudding top is crisp and golden brown, about 15 minutes longer.