Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Zara:

Our favourite place to go to for bread pudding was this quirky and quaint little shop called Heirloom & Caramel. As a testament to the quirkiness of the place, half the shop was a cafe while the other half was a hair salon. Also, the entire place was furnished with mismatched furniture (picture a pink rocking chair next to a lime-green striped arm chair in front of a glass coffee table with splindy legs). All in all, the little cafe was a strange little comfy haven that existed long before cafes like The Orange Thimble and Open Door Policy became popular hipster hangouts. Sadly, Heirloom & Caramel closed sometime in 2011, leaving a void in our list of favourite cafes. Also gone were its delicious cupcakes of a multitude of flavours, its affordable sandwiches and pasta dishes and most unfortunately, its delicious bread pudding.
Well, when there’s a void, what choice do we have but to fill it with something AS GOOD or EVEN BETTER! Thus, the hunt for our new favourite place for bread pudding began. we searched high and low, near and far, but to no avail! We simply could not find another bread pudding that matched up to the smooth, creamy and oh-so-yummy pudding of Heirloom & Caramel. Dejected but not defeated, we set ourselves another mission: to make our own bread pudding. And so, a new hunt began. A hunt for the best bread pudding recipe we could find that would satisfy our cravings and fill our bellies. After numerous afternoons spent whisking and stirring and broiling and baking, we finally decided on the best recipe (so far)…
Bread Pudding
Adapted from Joy of Baking

Yields a 9×13 inch baking pan

8-10 cups of bread cubes, cut into bite sized pieces (suggested breads to use: Brioche, croissant or day old scones)
1 large apple, peeled and diced
1 cup raisins
4 eggs
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 cups milk (you can use buttermilk for a thicker and creamier custard)
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C and place rack in center of oven. Lightly grease a 9x13x2 inch baking dish. Place the baking dish into a larger roasting pan to make a water bath

The naked breadcubes

Place the breadcubes and fruit into the baking dish.

Creamy custard-ey custard!

To make the custard, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until thick and lemon-coloured (about 4-5 minutes, when beater is raised the batter will fall back into the bowl in a slow ribbon). Beat in the vanilla extract and cinnamon. Then beat in the butter and milk. 

Welcome to the custard and bread cubes party!

Carefully pour the prepared custard over the bread cubes until completely covered. Press down the bread cubes so they are covered with custard. 
Prepare a water bath (refer to above link for instructions). Carefully pour enough hot water so that the water is halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean (about 1 hour). Remove the baking dish from the water bath and cool before serving. 
Vanilla Sauce
Adapted from All Recipes

Yummy vanilla sauce!

1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp flour
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
1 1/4 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Whisk all ingredients, except vanilla extract, in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, 10 to 12 minutes.
Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour sauce over warm bread pudding, or serve on the side in a bowl.

nomznomznomz~

It might not be the most photogenic, but its appearance belies its delicious and magical taste!

Now, this has become our favourite bread pudding recipe! While all puddings paled in comparison to the bread pudding from Heirloom & Caramel, the delicious pudding that this recipe yields has become the new comparison to which all other puddings are compared to. Every ingredient in this recipe complements each other perfectly: the soft and creamy custard provides the perfect contrast to the slight crunch of the baked apples; the plump and juicy raisins provide that surprising hint of sweetness that is much welcome. The warm vanilla sauce is the perfect complement to the pudding as it adds a whole extra dimension of vanilla-ness to the already buttery bread pudding.
While the recipe and ingredients might seem like a long and confusing list, the entire process is actually pretty simple and quick; we spent about half an hour preparing the ingredients and spent the rest of the time eagerly awaiting the moment when the oven timer went off and we could dig into it! If you are looking for a filling, hearty and comforting dessert to make your belly happy, this bread pudding recipe is for you! ENJOY 😀 
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