Caramel Macchiato Bread Pudding with a Kahlua Crème Anglaise. Just saying it makes me happy…..sigh
What would this world be like without coffee? That’s something I hope we never have to find out! Not only is coffee my favorite Good Morning beverage, it’s also an excellent ingredient for everything from barbecue to desserts.
Although I don’t usually buy flavored coffees I thought that the Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake Coffee would add just the flavors I was looking for for my bread pudding.
Let’s get started with our bread pudding recipe by gathering our ingredients.
The trick to making good bread pudding is using enough eggs and using enough milk (or in this case half and half). I normally use milk when making my bread pudding but because I was adding in additional liquid (coffee), I thought the half and half would help keep the pudding rich and creamy.
The biggest issue with most bread puddings is there too heavy and can be used as door stops. This won’t be the case with my recipe because it calls for enough liquid to completely cover the bread. The other key to success is allowing the pudding to sit at least 15 minutes before baking (overnight is good too). This allows the bread to completely soak up the liquid before baking.
Although the added butter (drizzled over the top) isn’t essential, at this point I figure what the heck and might as well make it memorable!
Don’t get too excited when you take the bread pudding out of the oven. It will be OMG high and beautiful……sigh…..but then it falls. That’s just the way it is, nothing you did or can do to change it.
- 7 cups potato bread cut into cubes
- 2 cups half and half
- 2 cups brewed coffee
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoons pure vanilla
- 1/2 stick of butter melted optional
- 1 cup half and half or milk
- 3 oz sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon kahlua
- Brew 2 cups of Dunkin Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake Coffee
- Add Sugar to coffee in a small saucepan and bring to boil reducing the coffee to 1 cup. Once reduced allow coffee syrup to cool.
- Cut the potato bread into cubes and place in the baking dish (it should be higher than the pan)
- Gently beat the eggs, then add the milk, vanilla and coffee syrup. Whip until well blended.
- Pour the mixture over the cut bread, mixing it well so that all of the bread has absorbed some of the milk. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the entire pan letting some of the butters richness touch as much of the top of the mixture that it can.
- Cover the pudding with cling wrap (restaurant habits die hard), then cover it with foil.
- Bake for One hour at 350 degrees, then uncover and continue to bake for 15 minutes more or until center is fully set. (if the butter has pooled in any area, spread it around before the finally 15 minutes…this will help get it golden brown.)
- Allow the bread pudding to cool some, but serve it warm with the Kahlua Creme Anglaise
- Bring 4 eggs to room temperature, and separate using only the yolks.
- Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, set aside
- In a small pot heat half and half until it is simmering, remove from the heat.
- Slowly mix half of milk into the egg mixture, stirring the eggs as you pour the hot milk into them.
- Add the egg mixture back into the remaining milk along with the vanilla and continue to simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the mixture has slightly thickened, use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture constantly, getting into all the corners.
- When the creme anglaise looks thick enough, remove from the heat and add in the kahlua
- (The Creme Anglaise should be thick enough that when you run your finger through a coating on a spoon it remains separated.)
- You may strain the Creme Anglaise if it looks like it might have cooked egg in it, but if you're careful you should not need to. **
- Place the pot with the finished sauce in a bowl of ice water to cool it down quickly, stirring as it cools.
- Place the Creme Anglaise in the refrigerator to get completely chilled and serve with the warm bread pudding.
- **do not get the creme anglaise too hot and don't be tempted to leave it on too long to try and continue to thicken. It will break and be unusable if it heats too long.