Southern-Style Bread Pudding

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 40 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

Bread Pudding:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

6 cups 1-inch cubes Italian bread

5 cups half-and-half

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Sauce:

2 cups raspberries (a few reserved for garnish)

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 tablespoon honey, plus more if desired

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving

Directions

  1. For the bread pudding: Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter. Put the bread cubes in the dish.
  2. Whisk together the half-and-half, 3/4 cup of the sugar, vanilla, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, salt and eggs in a large bowl. Pour this mixture over the bread. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a microwave or on the stove and drizzle over the top of the bread pudding. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the top.
  4. Place on the center rack in the oven. Bake until the edges start to rise, a knife inserted into the center comes out mostly clean and the pudding jiggles when shaken, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on a rack 35 to 40 minutes before serving.
  5. For the sauce: Puree the berries in food processor. Press through a fine-mesh strainer. Stir in the honey and lime juice. Taste and adjust with more honey if it's not sweet enough for you.
  6. Serve the bread pudding with a drizzle of sauce. Garnish with additional berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.