Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding

I have been a bit MIA lately and I promise I have a good reason. Sorta.

Life has been getting in the way. More specifically, ballet classes.

That’s right you guys…

I am taking ballet classes and loving it.

I feel like I am straight outta Dance Academy, although I am pretty sure that I look more like Bilbo Baggins trying to plié and what not, than an actual ballerina. But I love it and I feel pretty doing it, so the ballet slippers are staying on for awhile.

I used to be a dancer when I was a little girl and spent several years in ballet, tap, and jazz. I remember dance recitals and tutus and how nervous I would get when I had to stand up in front of allll those people {mostly just our parents and family members, but tell that to a 6-year old} and dance a 3-minute choreographed number to one of top 40′s greatest at the time. I specifically remember dancing to Janet Jackson, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty, one year. I mean, seriously, what else would you be dancin’ to in 1990?! Rhythm Nation, am I right? Obvi..

Anyways, to make up for the time I have been away dancing, I made you some bread pudding –simple, delicious, and oh so comforting, Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding. Oh…and I also made you an amaretto drizzle to go on top. Your welcome.

Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding

This recipe uses Cinnamon Brioche from the amazing Amelie’s in Charlotte, but you can use any sort of hearty bread, like challah or even sourdough. If you can’t find challah or brioche in your area, like me, just ask your local bakery. Sometimes they will make a loaf or two for you or they might even make it a couple times a week and you might just be missing it.

Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding

The only thing that would make this cinnamon bread pudding even better would be the Amaretto drizzle. It takes minutes to make and the warm, sweet sauce is the perfect compliment to this ever-so-comforting bread pudding.

Just mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup Amaretto, and a stick of butter in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat. Stir together until the sugar has dissolved and then drizzle over the bread pudding. Easy Peasy. Lemon Squeezy.

Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding

Recipe by Carrie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup mini-chocolate chips
  • 3-5 cups 1 -inch cubed cinnamon brioche, allow to stale overnight
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease a 13 by 9 inch pan.
  2. Place cubed bread in your greased pan, making sure all the cubes are even and level.
  3. Whisk together your sugar, milk, eggs, extracts, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Pour over the cubed bread and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  5. Top with mini-chocolate chips.
  6. In a small bowl, combine pecans, melted butter, and light brown sugar.
  7. Sprinkle pecan mixture evenly over the top of your bread mixture.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until set.
  9. Remove from oven and drizzle Amaretto sauce on top.
  10. Serve warm.
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