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Maple Pecan Bread Pudding

Ingredients
  French bread cubes 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Eggs 3
  Half and half/Light cream 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Finely shredded orange peel 1 Teaspoon
  Vanilla 1 Teaspoon
  Orange juice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Pure maple syrup/Maple flavored syrup 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cinnamon stick 3 Inch
  Whole allspice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Whole cloves 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pecan halves 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), toasted (Small Sized)
Directions

1. Place bread cubes in a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350° oven for 10 to 15 minutes or till toasted, stirring twice. In a mixing bowl beat eggs; stir in half-and-half or light cream, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla just till combined. Divide bread cubes evenly among 4 individual 8- to 10-ounce au gratin dishes or individual casseroles. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread cubes. Bake in a 325° oven about 35 minutes or till a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool bread pudding slightly.
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove spices with slotted spoon. Simmer, uncovered, about 8 minutes more or till reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in pecans. Cool slightly. Spoon sauce atop warm bread pudding.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
South American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pudding
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pecan
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes

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