Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pumpkin~Cranberry Bread Pudding


Just messing around with the ingredients I had on hand and it turned out a winner! Cooking times may vary and don't be worried if the center still looks too moist when it comes out of the oven. It will all be absorbed when cooled~This recipe is higher in fat than I usually call for since it is the "comfort food" time of year and I used 2 eggs and Almond Milk in the batter 2 Tbs Earth Balance in the topping. All of these may be omitted from the recipe, but make sure 2 egg whites are used to replace the whole eggs. The result is a very moist Bread pudding. Also, I used dried Cranberries and the next time I make this I will use fresh ones so they don't end up on the bottom of the dish when baking~
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Grease large casserole dish with 1 tsp coconut oil or butter

Ingredients:
1- 1 gallon zip lock bag full of ends of bread that have been frozen (High Fiber Bread)
1 pint egg whites
2 whole eggs
1 quart unsweetened, vanilla almond milk 
1 can(15 oz) organic pumpkin
2 Tbs dried cranberries (or) 1/2 cup fresh 
1 Tbs vanilla
1Tbs ground cinnamon
1 Tsp nutmeg
1 Tbs ground ginger
3 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs honey
Topping:
1 cup Organic Old Fashioned Oats
1 Tbs Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tsp Cinnamon 
2 Tbs Butter (Kerrygold)
1 Tbs Honey

Method:
Thaw out bread and cut into 1" cubes and place into a large bowl
Lightly Whisk together all of the other ingredients and pour over bread and stir together
Pour into greased casserole dish, cover with foil and put in fridge overnight for the bread to soak up the liquid mixture.
Make the Topping by mixing dry ingredients together , adding the butter and mix with clean hands.
Place topping on top of bread pudding. You may add chopped walnuts at this phase, but it adds fat to the recipe, so be stingy with nuts. Sprinkle honey on top and bake @ 425 for 15-20 minutes until browned. 
Turn heat down to 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour~partially covered with foil. Check at end of cooking to see if topping is still crunchy. If not, turn the heat up to 450 and uncover for 5 minutes.
Serves 16, very small portions or 8-10 medium sized. Be careful...Very high in carbs :)
May be served with a whipped topping or coconut cream...that would make it yummier :)