Layered Almond Cream Cheese Bread Pudding with Amaretto Cream Sauce
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1 (16-ounce) loaf honey white bread, sliced and divided
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 9 large eggs, divided
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 11/4 cups almond filling, plus 2 tablespoons almond filling
- 1 cup butter, melted and divided
- 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
- Dash salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- Amaretto Cream Sauce, recipe follows
Coat a 13 by 9 by 3-inch pan with cooking spray. Arrange 4 1/2 bread slices in bottom of prepared pan, cutting slices, as necessary, to fit pan.
Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread half of cream cheese mixture over bread.
Whisk together 1 1/4 cups almond filling and 1/2 cup melted butter. Spread half of almond mixture over cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers once, using 4 1/2 bread slices, remaining cream cheese mixture, and remaining almond mixture.
Cut remaining bread slices into 1-inch cubes, sprinkle evenly over almond mixture.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Bake for 1 hour or until set. Serve warm or chilled with Amaretto Cream Sauce.
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1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
2 tablespoons cornstarch
11/2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
Combine amaretto and cornstarch, stirring until smooth.
Cook cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until bubbles appear; gradually stir in amaretto mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, and let cool completely.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Solo Almond Filling.
Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time:
Recipe courtesy Jeremy Bazata, Panama City, Florida