Maple-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Cranberry Compote, Apple Cider Caramel, Candied Bacon
1 loaf brioche or challah bread
2 cups milk
2 cups cream
8 egg yolks
1/2 cup maple syrup (dark amber works best)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure maple extract
pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Cut brioche into 1-inch x 1-inch cubes. Place on sheet pan and toast slightly in oven and reserve.
- In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients and whisk until well combined.
- Add toasted brioche to egg mixture and allow the bread to become saturated.
- Scoop into one large or 8 individual baking dishes. Place dish/dishes on a roasting pan and add boiling water to roasting pan until it comes up about half way up the dish.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45-55 minutes until the custard is just set.
- Remove foil and reserve.
1 bag cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
zest of orange
1 cinnamon stick
- Combine all ingredients in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat to a simmer and cook until the berries pop.
- Remove from heat, discard the cinnamon and reserve.
Apple Cider Caramel
4 cups unfiltered apple cider
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoon butter
pinch of salt
- In a medium saucepan over medium high heat combine cider and vanilla and reduce to about a 1/4 cup.
- Whisk in butter, cream and salt.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
1/4 pound applewood-smoked bacon (not thick cut)
maple syrup (as needed)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake bacon on a sheet pan until cooked half way, flip bacon and cook until about three-quarters done.
- Remove and brush both sides with maple syrup.
- Continue to cook and baste with syrup every 5 minute until crispy.
- Remove from oven and cool. Once cool crumble bacon to resemble bacon bits.
- To serve warm the bread pudding in a 425 degres F oven just until warmed through. You are trying to make the outside slightly crispy and the center to remain moist.
- Spoon some compote and cider caramel on the plate and top with vanilla ice cream.
- Finish by sprinkling the bacon bits around the plate.