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Bourbon Maple Bread Pudding with Candied Bacon

4 Servings

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Ingredients

Ingredients
<strong>Bourbon Maple Bread Pudding with Candied Bacon</strong> <ul> <li>1 cup sugar</li> <li>3 large organic eggs</li> <li>1 cup Shetler Family Dairy half & half</li> <li>1⁄4  cup Olds Brothers pure maple syrup</li> <li>1⁄4  cup small diced local pears poached in Maker’s Mark Bourbon</li> <li>2 cups Stone House Bread baguette, crust removed, 1-inch dice</li> <li>1/8 cup Tillamook unsalted butter</li> <li>1⁄2 cup organic light brown sugar</li> </ul> <strong>Candied Bacon</strong> <ul> <li>8 slices thick-sliced Nueske’s Apple-wood Smoked Bacon</li> <li>1/4 cup organic light brown sugar</li> <li>Pinch of ground black pepper</li> </ul> <strong>Vanilla Bourbon Sauce </strong> <ul> <li>2 cups sugar</li> <li>1⁄2 cup water</li> <li>1 cup Shetler Family Dairy heavy cream</li> <li>1 Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean pod, split</li> <li>2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice</li> <li>2 tablespoons Tillamook unsalted butter</li> <li>1 tablespoon Maker’s Mark Bourbon</li> </ul>

Directions

Directions
<div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <strong>Bourbon Maple Bread Pudding with Candied Bacon </strong>In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, half & half, syrup, pears, and bread cubes. Coat a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with melted butter. Pour the custard-and-bread mixture into the baking pan, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a bowl and work with your fingers until crumbly. Top the custard-and-bread mixture with the brown sugar mixture. Bake for 1 hour, until set. Top with candied bacon (recipe below), and serve with Vanilla Bourbon Sauce (recipe below) and Jeni’s Ndali Estate Vanilla Ice Cream. <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <strong>Candied Bacon </strong>Toss bacon in sugar and black pepper. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay bacon at. Top with another sheet of parchment and another baking sheet, to flatten. Bake until crispy. </div> </div> </div> </div> <strong>Vanilla Bourbon Sauce </strong>Combine sugar and 1⁄2 cup water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat without stirring (swirl pan occasionally) until dark amber in color. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in cream with a wooden spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients. </div> </div> </div> </div>