Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time
35 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Serves 10

Rum, brown sugar, and warming spices (don’t skip the black pepper!) combine in this aromatic dessert. Brioche is often used in bread pudding, but a sturdy loaf of white bread from the bakery is best here because it won’t break down as much. If you prefer to omit the alcohol, substitute 1/4 cup maple syrup for 1 cup of rum in Step 2. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Follow recipe as directed.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Whisk together half-and-half, milk, granulated sugar, eggs, melted butter, cinnamon, pepper, 2 teaspoons of the vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a large bowl. Add bread and raisins; stir to combine. Let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Bake until golden and set, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 2

Meanwhile, combine rum, brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium. Bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cream and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Drizzle 1/2 cup sauce over bread pudding. Serve with remaining sauce.