Pecan Bread Pudding with Bourbon and Orange

Published March 1, 2010. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

Toasting cubes of challah was the first step in perfecting our bread pudding recipe. Next, we worked on achieving a silky but not overly eggy custard, using equal parts milk and cream and using just egg yolks, not whites. Finally, topping the pudding with extra challah cubes and sprinkling… read more

Toasting cubes of challah was the first step in perfecting our bread pudding recipe. Next, we worked on achieving a silky but not overly eggy custard, using equal parts milk and cream and using just egg yolks, not whites. Finally, topping the pudding with extra challah cubes and sprinkling them with sugar gave our bread pudding recipe a crunchy, buttery, sweet crust that made the perfect partner for the luscious custard below.

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Serves 8 to 10

Challah is an egg-enriched bread that can be found in most bakeries and supermarkets. If you cannot find challah, a firm high-quality sandwich bread such as Arnold Country Classics White or Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White may be substituted. If desired, serve this pudding with softly whipped cream or with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Sauce (see related recipe). Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. To retain a crisp top crust when reheating leftovers, cut the bread pudding into squares and heat, uncovered, in a 450-degree oven until warmed through, 6 to 8 minutes.

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