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Star Hill Provisions® Bread Pudding
A popular way to end a meal at Star Hill Provisions® can now be had at home. This bread pudding features a rich caramel sauce that is punched up with the vanilla-y bourbon flavors of Maker's Mark®. It's a great recipe to keep in mind for times when you have excess bread on hand and works well with bread that's going stale. In fact, that is how bread pudding is traditionally made. It's adaptable and delicious any time of day. Since this bread pudding mixture is refrigerated overnight, it's a nice dish you can serve overnight guests in the morning.
3 oz. (2 shots) Maker's Mark Bourbon, more to taste
What to do
Mix eggs, cream and sugar well.
Dice the bread and add to egg mixture along with the chocolate chips and stir.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Grease "8x8" pan and place parchment halfway up on all sides.
Pour in pudding mixture, cover with parchment and foil.
Bake 1.5 hours and then uncover and bake an additional 15–20 minutes until there's a slight jiggle.
Serve warm, covered in caramel sauce.
Mix brown sugar and whipping cream in a sauce pan.
Bring to a boil while stirring and then remove from heat, add Maker's Mark® bourbon to taste and stir.
Keep warm and serve.
Notes from Chef Newman
Don't be fresh
Fresh bread just doesn't soak up the pudding mixture the way sponge-like, day-old bread does.
If you don't have white bread, other types will work just fine. Try to use "eggy" breads like brioche or challah.
Tips, tools & techniques
One key to great home cooking is having a few of those "clear out the larder" recipes in your arsenal. These are those soups, casseroles and desserts that tend to use perishable ingredients that need to be consumed sooner rather than later and staples usually already on hand. Bread pudding is a timeless example of these better-than-the-sum-of-its-parts recipes, versions of which exist all over the world. Bread pudding is adaptable and can be made with a variety of spices and toppings, so try experimenting once you have this one down. If you enjoy the bourbon caramel sauce, try it again with other desserts.
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