New Orleans bread pudding with bourbon sauce

Temptingly soft, creamy and fragrant with sweet spices, Sophie Grigson's fruit-topped bread pudding makes an irresistible dessert
By Sophie Grigson
New Orleans bread pudding with bourbon sauce
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes plus standing
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

Main:

  • 28 cm piece of French bread, cut into 2.5cm slices
  • 60 g raisins
  • 150 ml milk
  • 150 ml single cream
  • 60 g unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 large cooking apples, cored, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 400 g tin apricots, roughly chopped

For the bourbon sauce:

  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 225 ml water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 30 g butter, diced
  • 4 tbsp bourbon whiskey

Method

1. Quarter the slices of bread, without removing crust. Tip into a shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the raisins.

2. Put the milk, cream and butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour over the bread, then leave to stand for30 minutes, turning the bread once.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

4. Whisk the eggs with the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the bread mixture.

5. Add the apple and peaches. Mix well, turning the bread carefully so that it doesn?t disintegrate totally. Smooth down the surface lightly.

6. Place the dish in a roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come half way up the sides. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Mix the sugar and cornflour in a small saucepan. Gradually stir in the water and lemon juice.

8. Add the butter and bring to the boil stirring occasionally. Simmer until it thickens.

9. Remove from the heat and stir in the bourbon. Keep warm until the pudding is cooked.

10. When the pudding is just set, remove it from the oven and serve hot or warm with the bourbon sauce.

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