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Mexican Christmas Bread Pudding

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Ingredients
  Panettone bread/Other fruit-studded sweet bread about 1 pound 1 , cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  Half-and-half 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Candied orange peel 2 Ounce, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  Cherries 2 Ounce, dried
  Golden raisins 2 Ounce
  Dried apricots 2 Ounce, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  Grand marnier/Other orange-flavored liqueur 3 Tablespoon
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon
  Eggs 3 Large
  Granulated sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Pure vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon
For grand marnier sauce
  Unsalted butter 8 Tablespoon (1 Stick)
  Confectioners sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg yolks 2 Large
  Semi-sweet chocolate 2 Ounce, coarsely grated or shaved (For Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2) In a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, apply 1 tablespoon butter to the bottom and sides.
3) Preheat the broiler.

MAKING
4) On 2 baking sheets, arrange the bread slices, place 2 inches from the heat and toast for about 1 minute per side, until lightly browned.
5) In a large bowl, tear the toasted panettone into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Pour half-and-half over the bread and toss gently to moisten. Keep aside for 1 hour, tossing occasionally.
6) In a bowl, place the candied peel and dried fruits and toss with 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier.
7) In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier together. Combine with the soaked bread, then fold in the dried fruits.
8) Spoon the mixture to the baking dish and bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour, until the pudding is set and the top is golden brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

FINALIZING
9) In a medium-size bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water or in the top of a double boiler, melt the butter. Gradually whisk in the sugar for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is creamy.
10) Whisk in the Grand Marnier and egg yolks one at a time, whisking constantly and cook for about 4 minutes, until the sauce resembles honey. Allow to cool to room temperature.
11) Spoon the Grand Marnier sauce over the pudding and place 3 to 4 inches from the heat and broil for about 2 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.

SERVING
12) Sprinkle over the grated chocolate, slice the pudding into 12 rectangular pieces and serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mexican
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Broiled
Dish: 
Pudding
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Dried Fruit
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Ready In: 
110 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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