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Praline Bread Pudding

Photo: Hector Sanchez Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Active time 30 mins
Total time 3 hrs
Yield

Serves 12 (serving size: about 1 cup pudding, 2 tbsp. sauce)

Keep leftover French bread from going stale by re-purposing your loaf into a decadent praline pecan bread pudding. Finish with a drizzle of praline sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 (16-oz.) day-old French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 14 cups)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • Praline Sauce

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Add bread cubes, stirring to coat thoroughly. Let stand 1 hour, stirring occasionally to ensure an even coating. Stir in pecans.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour bread mixture into dish. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly around edges and firm in center, about 1 hour, shielding with aluminum foil after 45 to 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with Praline Sauce.