Comfort foods will always have a place in my heart. Mac and Cheese – Apple Pie- Chicken Soup – Chocolate Chip Cookies – Spaghetti and Meatballs. These are the foods that warm your soul and truly are comforting. I was in a mood for some comfort food and thought lets bake something up. One classic American comfort dessert that I haven’t had in a really long time is Bread Pudding.
Bread Pudding is a rich and delicious dessert that brings a smile to my face. So when I thought about making it I wanted to make it even extra special. At first I was thinking to make a white chocolate bread pudding. And then I thought a basic bread pudding. But white chocolate was too sweet for what I wanted and the basic bread pudding was too plain. So… I decided on pear bread pudding!
Pear was the perfect compliment to the bread pudding. It has a slight sweetness that goes perfectly with the rich taste of the pudding. I loved the pears in this recipe, but I’m sure that any other type of fruit would work well… Apples, Strawberries, Peaches.
While the bread pudding was baking in the oven it gave off this amazing aroma that filled up the whole house. I couldn’t wait to eat it. After it came out of the oven and I topped it with vanilla ice cream. Mmm… it was delicious!
One of the best things about this dessert is that it had the perfect richness. It wasn’t a heavy dessert that you can only have two bites of. I was able to eat the whole piece and be satisfied, and not overly full.
This is an easy dessert that will definitely satisfy your comfort food craving. Enjoy !
Pear Bread Pudding
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Makes: 9×9 Baking Dish
12 ounces of sturdy bread (I used sourdough, but you can use whichever you prefer)
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
3 large Pears
¼ tsp. Allspice
2 ¾ cups Milk
3 tbsp. Turbindo Sugar
2 tbsp. Honey
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Ground Cloves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and arrange them on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes until toasted.
Lightly oil a 9×9 inch baking pan. Place half of the bread cubes evenly in the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
In a large nonstick pan, melt the butter. When the butter is melted, add the oil to the pan. Sauté the pears until browned. Add the allspice.
Place half of the sautéed pears evenly on top of the bread cubes. Then add the rest of the bread cubes on top.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, 2 tbsp. of sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. Pour this mixture over the bread.
Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 30 minutes. While the bread pudding is sitting, press down on it gently a couple times so the bread absorbs the milk mixture.
Remove the plastic wrap and arrange the rest of the pears on top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tbsp. of sugar.
Bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the bread pudding comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes until warm. Serve and enjoy !
Recipe adapted from Mayo Clinic.