Layered Almond-Cream Cheese Bread Pudding with Amaretto Cream Sauce

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Ingredients

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf white bread, sliced and divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 9 large eggs, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups almond filling
  • 1 cup butter, melted and divided
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons almond filling
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • Amaretto Cream Sauce

Preparation

  1. Coat a 13- x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. Arrange 4 1/2 bread slices in bottom of prepared pan, cutting slices as necessary to fit pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread half of cream cheese mixture over bread.
  3. Whisk together 1 1/4 cups almond filling and 1/2 cup melted butter. Spread half of almond mixture over cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers once, using 4 1/2 bread slices, remaining cream cheese mixture, and remaining almond mixture.
  4. Cut remaining bread slices into 1-inch cubes, sprinkle evenly over almond mixture.
  5. Whisk together remaining 8 eggs, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla, half-and-half, and salt; pour over bread cubes. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until most of egg mixture is absorbed.
  6. Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons almond filling, 2 tablespoons sugar, and egg yolk until blended. Drizzle evenly over bread pudding; sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until set. Serve warm or chilled with Amaretto Cream Sauce.
  8. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Solo Almond Filling.
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