Holiday Bread Pudding
4 cups half-and-half
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 loaf (12oz.) French bread cut into cubes (about 12 cups)
2 cups frozen cranberries, thawed OR dried cranberries (we used Craisins)
1 Tablespoon coarse sugar
4oz. white chocolate baking bars OR ½ cup white chocolate morsels
(to be drizzled over the top of pudding, OR mixed into pudding)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix half and half, granulated sugar, orange peel, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs; whisk. Stir in bread cubes, cranberries and white chocolate morsels, if using this mix-in option. Let stand for stand for 30 minutes to let liquid soak into bread cubes.
Spray a 9” x 13” pan with a nonstick cooking spray. Stir bread mixture and pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until deep brown and center is set.
If using white chocolate baking bars, microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes and drizzle over bread pudding. Serve warm. Serves 12.
To add a sparkle: Soak sugar cubes(one for each person) in vanilla or lemon extract for a few seconds, drain and place on each serving of bread pudding. Light sugar cube and carefully serve, allowing
Guests can blow out flame, set sugar cube aside and enjoy Holiday Bread Pudding!