One of my favorite meals of the holiday season is Christmas morning brunch. I love a good brunch, and I wish I had more excuses to incorporate it into my everyday life. Alas, Christmas day seems to be one of the only times where brunch is a real meal option (it’s the perfect break between opening presents and…opening more presents). I make the most of this rare occassion by baking up the richest, most decadent dish I can think of. This recipe from the Food Network’s Michael Chiarello contains butter, eggs, cream, doughnuts and rum – and it’s worth every calorie.
Recipe’s after the jump.
Cake Doughnut Bread Pudding
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
16 cake doughnuts
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound confectioners’ sugar
Dark rum, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor, combine butter and sugar briefly, just until it forms into a ball. Add eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, and vanilla, and process until blended.
Lightly butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Break up the doughnuts into 1-inch pieces and layer in the pan. Scatter the raisins over the top. Pour the egg mixture over the doughnuts; soak for 5 to 10 minutes. You will need to push doughnut pieces down during this time to ensure even coverage by egg mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to brown the top. The doughnut bread pudding is done when the custard is set, but still soft.
Make the rum sauce: melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan, and take off the heat. Add confectioners’ sugar to the melted butter and whisk to blend. Add rum, to taste. Pour the sauce over the bread pudding and allow to soak in.