Welcome to the “best bread pudding” my husband has ever had. Roger is a bit of a bread pudding fanatic. We also love tres leches cake. So I decided to try mixing the two and ended up with a great bread pudding that was especially light and airy from the croissants, and moist from steaming in the Instant Pot. That meant Roger still had to go get me my cake, but I think he felt quite well rewarded for the effort.
Place the croissant cubes in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the croissant cubes. Allow to soak for 10 or 15 minutes, until the bread no longer looks dry.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Pour the water into the Instant Pot. Place a steamer rack in the pot. Place the pan on the rack.
Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select MANUAL and set the pot on HIGH pressure for 30 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Remove the foil from the pudding. Sprinkle the pudding with sugar and broil until the top is lightly browned and caramelized, 5 to 8 minutes. Let the pudding cool for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
NOTE: Pro tip! Use the evaporated milk can to measure 5 ounces of condensed milk.
Dr. Urvashi Pitre is the President of a global marketing consulting firm, and also the author of the best-selling Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2017.
She combines her training as a scientist with her desire to make fast, healthy, authentic, global cuisine, and experiments extensively to create the most streamlined recipes that use fresh ingredients.
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