I was once looking at a pear, when suddenly 3 words popped into my head “Pear Bread Pudding” So I decided to make it! I was looking for inspiration online when I came across this recipe and thought the idea of poaching the pears was genius! https://colavitarecipes.com/recipe/bourbon-poached-pear-bread-pudding/ I was also enticed to place the pear halves on top like they did before baking it. Very nice idea! So here is my version of the recipe. I used a 2-day old whole grain ciabatta instead of the traditional brioche bread because I didn’t want it to be as sweet or heavy, but healthier and more crunchy!
Recipe for Poached Pear Bread Pudding:
For spiced poached pears:
– 1 semi-ripe pear, cut into ½ inch cubes
– 2 cups water
– 2 tbsp sugar
– 1 ½ star anise (whole, dried)
– tiny piece cinnamon stick
For bread pudding:
– ½ whole grain baguette or ciabatta, cut into 1 inch cubes
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups milk (2% preferred)
– ¼ cup maple syrup
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– ½ tsp nutmeg
– 1 pinch of salt
– 1 semi-ripe pear, cut in half lengthwise
– a bit of canola oil
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a small pot, combine water, sugar, star anise and cinnamon, and bring to a boil.
3. Add the cubed pear, lower heat and let poach for 5 minutes.
4. Scoop out poached pear cubes and let cool.
5. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt very well.
6. Add the bread cubes and poached pear cubes, let this all soak for 5 minutes.
7. Spray a medium sized baking dish with cooking oil.
8. Pour bread pudding mixture into it.
9. Nestle the pear halves into the bread pudding, cut side up, and dab the surface with a bit of canola oil.
10. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
11. Let cool and enjoy with tea.
12. Also tastes greats when its cold from the fridge the next few days!