I recently had lunch with a friend at a restaurant in Seattle that is known for its Amaretto bread pudding. By the end of the meal, we knew that we had to recreate it. This recipe doesn't quite match the restaurant's version, but after several iterations it's become a favorite in its own right. The bread pudding is fragrant with almonds and not too sweet intentionally. The maple rum butter sauce is what makes it a rich, decadent dessert...oh...and a little boozy. —SwoonMySpoon
Amaretto Bread Pudding
brioche, cut into large cubes
roughly chopped pecans, toasted (procedure follows)
Before you begin: Preheat oven to 350?F. Generously butter a 9- x 11-inch ovenproof pan and set aside for the bread pudding. Place the brioche cubes in a large bowl and set aside.
In a small saucepan, add the raisins and amaretto. Bring to a simmer (small bubbles), remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 1 hour.
In an ovenproof pan, spread the pecans in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk the milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and almond extract. Blend in the raisins with the amaretto. Add the toasted pecans and give it a quick stir. Pour over the brioche, and gently fold until all the bread is coated and the mixture is absorbed.
Put the mixture into the prepared pan and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until set.
To make the sauce: In a medium-size bowl, lightly beat the egg and set aside. In a small saucepan, whisk together the cream and maple syrup. Add the butter and continue stirring until melted.
When the sauce it hot (steamy), temper the egg by pouring a small stream of the sauce into the egg. Continue whisking the egg and add a little more until all the sauce is added. (This technique will prevent the egg from turning into scrambled eggs.)
Pour the sauce back into the pan and cook over medium-low heat until smooth and the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the rum and get ready for some boozy maple deliciousness!
Divide the bread pudding into individual serving dishes and top with a generous amount of the sauce. Best served warm. Enjoy!