White Chocolate Bread Pudding

White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 8-9 oz. croissants (can substitute other rich bread such as brioche or challah)
  3. 2 cups half and half
  4. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 9 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped, divided
  7. 4 egg yolks
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, divided
  10. 1/2 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8-inch glass baking dish (or comparable) with butter.
  2. Cut bread in 1-inch pieces and spread in even layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted and no longer soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In small saucepan combine half and half, 1/2 cup sugar and pinch of salt. Simmer over medium heat until sugar is dissolved taking care to not scorch milk. Remove from heat and immediately add 7 ounces of white chocolate, whisking until melted. Let cool slightly.
  4. In large bowl whisk egg yolks and egg until uniform. Slowly drizzle in warm milk mixture and continue whisking to temper liquid while incorporating with the eggs. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and whisk to combine. Toss toasted bread into custard and let soak at room temperature until custard is well absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  5. Transfer bread and any remaining custard from bowl to buttered pan. Bake in preheated oven until puffed and set, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting and serving.
  6. To make accompanying sauce bring 1/2 cup heavy cream and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 ounces of white chocolate and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.
  7. Portion bread pudding in individual serving dishes and drizzle white chocolate sauce on top.
Adapted from Yvonne Ruperti
Adapted from Yvonne Ruperti
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