I really think that bread pudding does not get enough credit. It is such a fantastic, custardy dessert that is so easily customized. I’ve never met one I didn’t like. Since I made a whole bunch of yummy homemade brioche, I decided to use some to make an incredible version of this unsung dessert. If you don’t want to bake your own, brioche from the bakery is just as amazing. I like to use day old brioche for this rum raisin bread pudding because it soaks up the custard better.
Oh my goodness, having one of these warm out of the oven was like a huge hug. The custardy bread, warm spices and boozy raisins just worked so well together. Hope you all love this dessert too! xoxo
Rum raisin bread pudding is such a warmly flavored, custardy delight! Day old buttery brioche makes the most fantastic base.
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon rum
- 1 pound brioche bread cubed small
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 cups milk
- 4 ounces granulated sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 4 whole egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- First, prepare the raisins. Put them in a medium saucepan and add enough water to submerge them. Bring the water to a boil and let the raisins plump up in it. Then drain them and transfer them to a bowl. Add the rum and stir it all together. Let the raisins soak up the rum for 20 minutes or so while you gather and measure out the rest of the ingredients. Then stir the raisins with the cubed bread, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Set it aside and start on the custard.
- Bring the milk and sugar to a low boil in a saucepan, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and egg yolks until they are completely beaten. When the milk is gently bubbling, slowly whisk it into the eggs. Do just a little at first so that the eggs do not scramble. Once you have whisked in all of the milk, whisk in the vanilla. Then the custard is done and it is time to assemble everything.
- Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and get out 8 individual ramekins. Divide the bread mixture evenly among the eight ramekins. Then evenly pour the custard over the bread in each ramekin. It takes roughly 2/3 of a cup per ramekin. Then get out either a large 9 x 13 baking dish or two 8 x 8 baking dishes and place the ramekins in them. Fill the baking dishes with water to go about 1/3 of the way up the sides of the ramekins, being careful not to get any in the bread puddings. Bake them until the custard sets and the top starts to brown, about 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm immediately and enjoy!