Apple and Pomegranate Bread Pudding with Pomegranate Sauce

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 8/29/2009

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This dish looks beautiful and appropriately seasonal.

  • Servings: Serves 6 - 8
  • Prep Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course: Dessert

Ingredients

For the pudding

1 loaf French bread (about 24-incheslong) torn into chunks and allowed to air dry for at least 8 hours

3 tart apples (Granny Smith or Empire) cored and cubed

butter

1/2 c. pomegranate seeds

4 Tbsp. pomegranate molasses

Zest of 1 large orange

Combine the pomegranate seeds, molasses and zest in a medium bowl and reserve


For the custard

3 1/2 c. milk

5 extra-large eggs, lightly whisked

1 c. whipping cream

1 c. sugar

1 1/2 c.s apple butter

1/2 stick butter, melted


Sauce

1 1/2 sticks butter

1 1/3 c. confectioners sugar

4 egg yolks

1 1/2 c. cream

3 Tbsp. Cointreau®

3 Tbsp. pomegranate liquour

Directions

Place the torn bread into the buttered baker. Add the cubed apples and pomegranate seed mixture and toss to distribute evenly.

In a large mixing bowl combine the custard ingredients except for the melted butter. Pour the custard mixture into the baker and over the bread and fruit. Let the bread pudding rest and absorb the liquid for at least an hour. Then drizzle the bread pudding with the melted butter and place the baker into a water bath. The water should rise half way up the sides of the baker. Place the baker and water bath into a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the pudding comes out clean and the center is firm. Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 - 20 minutes.

Cream the butter and the sugar together in a medium sauce pan. Add the egg yolks one at a time and 1/4 cup of the cream. Set the pan over medium low heat. Gradually add the remaining cream, stirring constantly. The sauce is done when it thickens just enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the Cointreau and pomegranate liqueur and stir. Serve warm over the bread pudding.