Recipe courtesy of Jeremy Bazata

Layered Almond Cream Cheese Bread Pudding with Amaretto Cream Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

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

Amaretto Cream Sauce:

1/2 cup amaretto liqueur

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

1/2 cup sugar

Directions

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.

Whisk together remaining 8 eggs, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla, half-and-half, and salt; pour over bread cubes. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until most of egg mixture is absorbed.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons almond filling, 2 tablespoons sugar, and egg yolk until blended. Drizzle evenly over bread pudding; sprinkle with almonds.

Bake for 1 hour or until set. Serve warm or chilled with Amaretto Cream Sauce.

Amaretto Cream Sauce:

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.

Cook’s Note

For testing purposes only, we used Solo Almond Filling.

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