The first time I tried a bread pudding was fairly late in my life. My mother never made it for me at home, and I knew there was something called “sweet breads” which was actually brains and not sweet at all, so I guess I was confused as a child as to why restaurants would have brains on their dessert menu! As an adult I finally clued into the fact that sweet bread and bread pudding are actually two different things, which was great for me because I have become a quick lover of this decadent dessert.
My favorite types of bread pudding are those that are not too eggy- I don’t want my dessert to taste like sweet scrambled eggs. I have found what I consider to be the perfect bread pudding base, and then to make it even more luxurious, you add chopped up chocolate caramel macadamia nut Caramacs from Hawaiian Host to the mixture! The end result is a big bowl full of creamy, chocolaty, caramely goodness.
The best thing about this bread pudding is how easy it is to make. It only consists of a few ingredients which you mix together and let bake for 40 minutes. I would go so far as to say this is even easier than making a cake! I would highly recommend this for your Christmas dessert. As a matter of fact, I already made two of them and have them in my freezer ready to go to my mother’s for Christmas Eve dinner.
I am such a huge fan of this recipe, I decided to shoot a video on how to make it. Enjoy!
Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Bread Pudding
14 Hawaiian Host Caramacs diced into small pieces
1 pound loaf of bread such as Hawaiian sweet bread or challah cut into 1 inch cubes and dried overnight
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1.5 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl combine the cream, milk, sugar, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined. Place the dried cubes of bread in the baking dish and pour the mixture over the bread cubes, then toss to make sure the bread is coated. Evenly sprinkle the diced Hawaiian Host Caramacs over the bread pudding. Let the bread soak in the custard mixture for around 30-40 minutes, making sure to toss the bread at least twice. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the top of your dessert is a golden brown. Let cool for at least ten minutes and then serve with ice cream or whipping cream.
To find Hawaiian Host Caramacs, please visit any of these grocery stores: Fred Meyer & QFC, Raley’s, Lucky’s & Savemart, Ralphs, and 99 Ranch or click here to find the store nearest you. I found my Caramacs in the candy aisle of Ralphs.