Nordstrom’s Cafe White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Nordstrom’s Cafe Restaurant Recipe

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups white chocolate morsels
6 large whole eggs, plus 12 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (24 inch) loaf of day old French bread cut into 1/2 inch thick slices

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush a 9x12x2 inch baking pan with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. (Save the rest of the melted butter for later.) Line pan bottom with parchment paper. Combine cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until hot. Remove from heat and add white chocolate morsels, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together whole eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually drizzle the warm cream mixture into the eggs, whisking until smooth and well blended. (Make sure the cream mixture is not too hot, or the eggs will curdle.) Lay half the bread slices in prepared pan. Pour half the cream mixture over bread and allow it to absorb the liquid. Layer the remaining bread on top and pour the remaining cream mixture over it. Press down the bread until it absorbs the liquid. Cover the pan with foil. Bake for one hour. Uncover and continue baking until the liquid in the center has evaporated and the pudding is golden brown (about another 30 minutes).

Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Cool and cut the pudding into six 2x3 inch rectangles, then cut each rectangle into two triangles. If you’re going to serve the dessert right away, then proceed with making the sauces and following the steps below. Otherwise, wrap each triangle in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the pudding. Serves 12.

Raspberry Sauce:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Combine the water, sugar and orange zest over medium heat until thick and syrupy. Add raspberries, reduce heat to low and cook until fruit falls apart. Let cool and force the sauce through a sieve to remove the seeds. Set aside.

White Chocolate Sauce:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup white chocolate morsels

Warm the cream until hot. Remove from heat and add the white chocolate morsels. Stir until melted and smooth.

To Assemble: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a rimmed baking sheet and place the triangles of pudding onto it, brushing each piece with melted butter. Bake until browned, about 12 minutes.
Stand hot pudding triangle on its side. Run a strip of white chocolate sauce across the plate and over the top of the pudding. Pool some raspberry sauce at opposite edges of the plate. Garnish with raspberries and ribbons of white chocolate (you can use a vegetable peeler to cut the ribbons from a chunk of white chocolate.) If desired, put a dollop of fresh, whipped cream on the plate. Refrigerate any pudding and sauce leftovers.

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