Caramel bread pudding – Treat yourself to a slice of this silky steamed bread pudding. Top it with glaced cherries and mint leaves, and enjoy it warm or cold.
If you follow this blog, you know I’m obsessed with desserts that are simple and easy to make. Whip up incredibly tasty desserts without spending too much time in the kitchen. That’s my motto.
Enter this caramel bread pudding. Although there are a few steps involved in this recipe, you only require minimal ingredients, and most of the cooking is done in the steamer. Yes, we are going to steam this pudding. But, don’t worry, you don’t need any special kitchen gadgets. Ok, we are going to talk all about this delicious pudding and how it’s made. So, keep on reading.
Well, this pudding is inspired by traditional bread and butter pudding. But, there’s no butter or egg in this recipe, and absolutely no baking involved. It’s just amazing to see how a few basic pantry ingredients are turned into a fabulous dessert.
To be exact, this pudding is a great way to use leftover bread slices. In order to get the smooth silky texture of the pudding, you will need to tear the slices into very small pieces. The best method is a quick whizz in the blender. You may want to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.
Next up, mix together milk and sugar. The amount of sugar you will need totally depends on your taste. Once the milk-sugar mixture is ready, pour it into the bread. Stir in a little vanilla extract for that extra flavor. Now, you’ll need to give this bread mixture enough time to soak up all the liquid, and more importantly, the amazing flavors.
Alright, while the bread is getting soaked, it’s time to prepare the caramel sauce. Is this the most decadent part of this caramel bread pudding? I might answer, “yes”. This is probably the most addicting sauce ever. And we are going to line the base and sides of the pudding pan with this caramel sauce. Absolutely drool worthy!
Making your own caramel sauce may sound too tricky. But, let me assure you, it’s super simple and easy. Heat sugar and water together in a saucepan over low heat. The sugar mixture slowly bubbles up and gets a golden hue. As soon as you see the golden color, remove pan from heat, and pour mixture into the pudding pan. Coat all the sides of the pan with this caramel sauce. And this is where you will need to work as fast as possible. Once the caramel sauce cools down, coating the sides of the pan will turn into an impossible task.
Ok, now the bread mixture goes into the pudding pan. Cover it with aluminium foil, and prick a few holes in the foil to allow the steam inside.
Talking about the pudding pan, you can use any bowl or deep plate you have. But make sure it’s heatproof and perfectly fits inside your steamer. I used a small ceramic bowl for my pudding pan which I think is the perfect choice. You can also use mini tart pans to make individual mini pudding.
Such a simple dessert, right? Pretty and damn delicious, too!