Baking with Dorie: Little Bread Puddings
You can never have too many side dish recipes, so give Baking with Dorie: Little Bread Puddings a try. This recipe serves 8. One portion of this dish contains approximately 5g of protein, 15g of fat, and a total of 302 calories. A mixture of egg yolks, eggs, plump prunes, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so tasty. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 45 minutes. It is a good option if you're following a gluten free and vegetarian diet.
Pour the milk, cream and brown sugar into a medium-sized saucepan. Tap the allspice berries with the back of a heavy knife to bruise them slightly and add the berries to the pot. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Remove from heat, cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter eight 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins.
Cut the bread into 1/2-inch dice and put the pieces in a mixing bowl.
Add the prunes, tossing to combine. Divide the bread and prune mixture evenly among the ramekins.
Put the eggs, yolks and vanilla in a measuring cup with a spout or in a mixing bowl; whisk to blend. Strain the steeped milk into the eggs, whisking all the while. (Discard the allspice berries.)
Pour about 1/3 cup of custard into each ramekin. Push the bread down into the custard with a spoon.
Add more custard slowly until the cups are filled.
Let stand for 10 minutes, so the bread can absorb the custard.
Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the tops of the puddings.
Place the ramekins in a large roasting pan. Fill the pan with enough warm water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center a pudding comes out clean and the tops are puffed and golden (puffed is important here).
Remove the puddings to a rack to cool.
Serving: These can be served warm, after cooling for about 20 minutes, at room temperature or chilled; each has its admirers.
Storing: Covered, the puddings will keep overnight in the fridge.