- 1/2 pound croissants (2 or 3)
- About 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 2 packages (3 oz. each) neufchatel cheese, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups maple syrup
- 10 large eggs
- 3 cups lowfat milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- Powdered sugar
- Raspberries or edible flowers, such as rose petals or nasturtiums, rinsed and drained
- calories 566
- caloriesfromfat 51 %
- protein 16 g
- fat 32 g
- satfat 17 g
- carbohydrate 54 g
- fiber 0.9 g
- sodium 567 mg
- cholesterol 0.0 mg
How to Make It
Tear croissants into 1/2-inch chunks. Whirl in a food processor until coarsely chopped, or chop with a knife. Butter 8 soufflé dishes (1- to 1 1/4-cup size) and fill equally with croissant pieces.
In a food processor, combine neufchatel cheese, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/4 cup maple syrup; whirl until blended. (Or, in a bowl, beat with a mixer until smoothly blended.) Drop equal portions into each soufflé dish.
In a bowl, beat eggs to blend with 1/2 cup maple syrup and the milk. Pour equally into each soufflé dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 1 day. Set dishes slightly apart in a 10- by 15- inch pan.
Bake, uncovered, in a 350° oven until pudding-soufflés are richly browned and centers barely jiggle when gently shaken, 45 to 50 minutes.
About 5 minutes before pudding-soufflés finish baking, in a 1- to 1 1/2 quart pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir remaining 1/2 cup maple syrup until hot. Sprinkle pudding-soufflés with pecans, dust with powdered sugar, garnish with berries or flowers, and add hot syrup to taste.