Fruitcake Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 50 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

8 large eggs

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

One 1-pound container dried fruit mix

One 8-ounce container candied cherries, cut in half

2 cups chopped walnuts

10 large croissants, cubed (about 12 cups)

Whiskey Sauce, recipe follows

Whiskey Sauce:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup whiskey

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, candied fruit mix, candied cherries and pecans, whisking to combine. Add the cubed croissants, tossing to coat. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  3. Bake until the center is set, about 1 hour. Cover with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning if necessary. Serve warm or at room temperature with Whiskey Sauce.

Whiskey Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the whiskey and cornstarch. Add to the simmering cream mixture. Cook until thickened, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
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