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EGGNOG BREAD PUDDING WITH WARM HENNESSY CARAMEL

Who else finds eggnog straight up WEIRD? Despite seeing it pop up on shelves every year at Christmas time I’ve only tried it once and let’s just say it didn’t go down smoothly. *It’s a no for me dawg* 

I thought eggnog was cancelled in my books forever until I realized this; I don’t like to drink it, but what if I ate it? Cue the creation of this eggnog bread pudding recipe. The flavors are wonderfully festive, and the Hennessy caramel sauce takes it up a notch. Ready to make the best Christmas dessert ever?

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups stale brioche bread, cubed (Pro tip: cube the bread and leave out overnight to make it stale. Fresh bread doesn’t hold up to well in bread pudding)
  • Butter (for ramekins)
  • 2 ramekins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp Hennessy white
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup sugar

The how-to:

step one: Preheat oven to 400 degrees

step two:  Butter ramekins and set aside

step three: Combine eggs, eggnog, milk, Hennessy, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and sugar together. Whisk to mix well.

step four: In a mixing bowl, add the mixture to the stale bread and stir to combine

step five: Let bread/egg mixture stand for about 10 mins so the break can fully soak up the liquid. You’re ready to go when there’s very little to no liquid sitting at the bottom of the bowl. This is key to good bread pudding texture. 

step six: Pour the bread/egg mixture into buttered ramekins

step seven:  Bake pudding for 40-45 minutes. When ready the center should feel firm to the touch! Ps. The pudding will likely rise when in the oven, but once it cools down it’ll go back down

For the Hennessy caramel sauce, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Hennessy 

Hennessy caramel sauce how-to:

step one: Heat up brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract in a pan – med low heat

step two: Once brown sugar melts and combines with butter, add in heavy cream and continue stirring (sauce might foam up a bit)

step three: After about 4 minutes add in Hennessy, cook for 5 more minutes, then remove from heat

Serve your bread budding with warm Hennessy caramel sauce. Feel free to sprinkle some powdered sugar on top if you’re really trying to be decadent!

This dessert is guaranteed to be the star of your Christmas dinner. Remember, you can always omit the alcohol from the recipe to create a kid-friendly version. Now, who’s trying this?!

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