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Star Anise Bread Pudding

Yield 9 servings
This bread pudding is great served warm, but it's good at room temperature, too. We cut each piece into four squares, then stacked them for a dramatic presentation.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 star anise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 12 (1-ounce) slices cinnamon-raisin bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream (such as Healthy Choice)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 284
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • monofat 2 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 10.1 g
  • carbohydrate 45.3 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 104 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 220 mg
  • calcium 129 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the milk and star anise in a small, heavy saucepan. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat; cover and steep 20 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl; discard star anise. Add 1/2 cup sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and eggs; stir with a whisk. Gently stir in bread. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the mixture evenly with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve each piece warm with 1/4 cup ice cream.