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Pear Walnut Bread Pudding

A recipe for Pear Walnut Bread Pudding made with fresh pears. It is a wonderful fall dessert when pears are in season. Serve warm with vanilla sauce.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Renee

Ingredients

For the bread pudding:

  • 4 cups 1-inch cubes day-old white bread
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated or ground nutmeg.
  • 1 to 2 pears enough for 1 cup peeled and diced

For the vanilla sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

For the bread pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
  2. Combine bread cubes, walnuts, and raisins in a large bowl. Pour melted butter on top and stir to coat.
  3. Whisk together milk, cream, honey, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Pour over bread cubes and stir to combine.
  4. Peel, core, and dice pears to get 1 cup of diced pears. Reserve any remaining pear pieces to enjoy separately.
  5. Add the 1 cup of pears to the bread mixture and stir to combine. Transfer bread mixture to the casserole dish.
  6. Bake until center of bread pudding is set, about 1 hour. Serve warm with vanilla sauce.

For the vanilla sauce:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and flour. Add eggs and egg yolk and whisk to combine. Whisk in half-and-half and cream. Transfer mixture to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken and just before it reaches a simmer. Remove pan from heat. Stir in the vanilla and pour the mixture into a bowl. Press plastic wrap to the surface of the sauce to prevent a skin from forming if not serving immediately. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  2. If the sauce becomes too thick, stir in hot milk, 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for Pear Walnut Bread Pudding made with fresh pears. It is a wonderful fall dessert when pears are in season. Serve warm with vanilla sauce.