Pear Bread Pudding

Hands-On Time 25 minutes

Total Time 70 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup sugar

3 teaspoons unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

5 slices soft whole-wheat bread, each cut in half

2 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 pound thinly sliced Cheddar 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375º F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch square pan.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, butter, and salt until small bubbles form. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, then add the warm milk mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly.
  4. Layer the square pan with the bread. Top with the pears. Pour the milk-egg mixture into the baking pan and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  5. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Top with the Cheddar, if desired, and bake until the cheese is melted, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

 Recipe Credit: Jane Kirby and Leslie Pendleton, March 2004

 

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