Star Anise Bread Pudding

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.

Yield: 9 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 284
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 10.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.3g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 104mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Calcium: 129mg

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)

Preparation

  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.
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