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Author Notes: This turned out to be a great success and everyone wanted more. The inspiration for this bread pudding is a Grand Marnier souffle. However I didn't have G.M. in my cupboard and substituted Cointreau. I added the orange flower blossom water because it smells so good and lots of dried fruit because no bread pudding is complete without it. I did vary the fruit from the standard sole raisin because I wanted something slightly tart to contrast with the pockets of white chocolate. —Liska
- 12 Slices White Bread, preferably somewhat dried out
- 1/2 cup Butter, softened
- 3/4 cup Apricot Jam
- 5 tablespoons Cointreau
- 1/4 cup Raisins
- 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 cup Dried Apricots, chopped
- Zest 1 Orange
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chunks
- 1 1/3 cups Full Cream Milk
- 1 1/3 cups Heavy Cream
- 2 tablespoons Fine Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Orange Flower Blossom Water
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Eggs
- Grated Nutmeg
- Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat 1 Tbsp Cointreau, and use to soak raisins.
- Remove crusts from bread.
- Butter bread, then slather with apricot jam.
- Cut 4 slices bread into 6 rectangles each. Lay pieces flat in baking dish so as to cover bottom, jam side up.
- Remove raisins from Cointreau and reserve any remaining liquid.
- Sprinkle bread layer with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, orange zest and white chocolate.
- Cut remaining slices of bread into 9 rectangles each. Lay down perpendicularly to existing layer, so that when looking down the top of the entire dish is filled with edges. There is no need to make it even or pretty.
- Heat milk, cream, sugar, orange flower water, vanilla extract and 4 Tbsp plus any reserved Cointreau to just below boiling.
- Whisk eggs in a heat-proof bowl.
- Slowly whisk a little of heated mixture into eggs. Gradually whisk in all of hot liquid. Pour over bread and let soak for 30 minutes.
- Dollop top of bread pudding with any left over apricot jam and sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.
- Bake 40-45 minutes in a bain-marie.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Bread Pudding (Sweet, not Savory)