Orange Cinnamon Pear Bread Pudding

Ingredients:
1 lb. brioche or challah bread, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 1/2 c. whole milk
1 c. sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, divided
2 Tbsp. Blood Orange Olive Oil, plus more for brushing
2 lbs. apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Vanilla ice cream

Instructions:

Place the bread in a single layer on a large baking sheet and allow to dry overnight (or if you’re short on time, put the bread in a 250 degree oven for about 20 minutes).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla and 1 teaspoon vinegar until well-combined and sugar has dissolved. Add the dried bread chunks to the bowl and stir until the bread is completely coated.

In a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of Blood Orange Olive Oil over medium heat. Add the apple slices and saute gently until softened, about 8 minutes. Add two teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Pear Balsamic and saute until syrupy and golden, about 3 – 5 minutes more. Transfer the apples to a shallow bowl or plate and let cool to room temperature.

Add them to the bread mixture and stir gently to combine.

Oil a 2 quart baking dish and pour the bread and apple mixture in to the prepared dish. Using a pastry brush, coat any exposed bread chunks with Blood Orange Olive Oil. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the pudding is set in the center. To serve, place a piece of bread pudding into a bowl, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with Cinnamon Pear Balsamic.

This bread pudding is a showstopper. It’s warm and comforting with hints of citrus from the Blood Orange Olive Oil and the Cinnamon Pear Balsamic is an over-the-top topping!

Chef's Note: We made this recipe with an Apple Raisin Bread from Main Bread & Butter. This wonderful bread really added to the flavour profile of this warm and hearty dessert!

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