|Raspberry Jam Bread Pudding. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach|
Originally I was going to make bread pudding with the croissants -- I had been looking for a Victorian recipe (that I never did find) that called for grating the bread before adding the custard -- and jam with the raspberries, but as I was mixing the custard for the pudding, with the jam simmering in a saucepan nearby, I got a brain flash: why not put some of the jam *in* the bread pudding, and have a sort-of-raspberry-cream bread pudding? I checked the fridge: no cream, but I did have some half-and-half. Maybe white chocolate chips instead? Checked the pantry: no white chocolate. So, it will just be raspberry, or maybe Raspberry Jam-and-Bread Pudding ...
Raspberry Jam-and-Bread Pudding
4 cups grated stale croissants (or other rich bread)
3 cups sugar (don't worry; it's not all going in the pudding!)
2 cups fresh raspberries (approximately)
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup 2% milk
1 tsp. vanilla
a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with baking spray, or grease it with butter. In a 2-quart saucepan, cook the raspberries on medium heat until they break down, mashing them with a wooden spoon, and let them boil for 15 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of sugar, and bring to the boil again, stirring, for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the berries thicken. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Pour the grated croissants into a large bowl. Beat the eggs in a separate large bowl and combine with the remaining 1 cup of sugar, the milk and half-and-half, vanilla and salt, beating well. Add about 1/2 cup (or more, if you like) of the raspberry jam to the mixture and blend well, until uniformly reddish. Pour over the croissant crumbs and stir to combine. Let the mixture sit a few minutes for the bread to soak up the custard. Reserve the remaining raspberry jam for later.
Pour the pudding mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the pudding is puffed and golden on top, and the center is set. Let cool and serve with cream or ice cream, and the rest of the raspberry jam!
|Hoffburg Palace, Vienna. Image: FreePhotosBank.com|
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Location: a private home in San Jose's Rose Garden neighborhood.
Cost: $20 (Ladies' Tea Guild members) / $25 (non-members)
Suggested costume: modern dress
As with all our meetings, please R.S.V.P. and send food fees at least 48 hours before the event, so I can make and/or purchase the pastries ...