As you know Ott, A from A latte with Ott, A has kept me on my toes this year in the kitchen with her monthly secret ingredient Iron Chef Challenges. It has been a lot of fun to work with some familiar and some new ingredients in the kitchen with these challenges.
Much to my surprise, I was named the winner of not only one, but two of her monthly Iron Chef Challenges. I actually won the artichoke Iron Chef Challenge in October and the turkey Iron Chef Challenge in November which led me to this month's Iron Chef Bake Off.
Instead of a secret ingredient, the monthly winners are competing in a Bake-Off sponsored by Taste of Home. Each of us were asked to make the exact same recipe of Cinnamon Raisin Bread and then take that bread to the next level by incorporating it into another recipe.
Believe it or not as soon as I saw the Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe, I knew what I was going to make. My mother-in-law makes a bread pudding that puts most others to shame so I thought it would be the perfect thing to make for this bake-off challenge.
Aunt Nettie's Famous Bread Pudding
French bread to cover the bottom of 9x13 pan or 1 loaf of Taste of Home Cinnamon Raisin Bread
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
5 1/2 cups milk
Tear up bread and cover the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the bread.
Beat 8 eggs well.
Add sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat well.
Add 5 1/2 cups milk and mix well.
Pour over the bread and let rest 15 minutes or until bread is soaked.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until center is set.
Serve warm with the whiskey sauce.
1 cup melted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 T. whiskey
1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans (toast pecans at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes)
Melt butter on the stove top.
After butter is melted, remove from heat and whip in powdered sugar and eggs.
Add whiskey and pecans.
Drizzle over the bread pudding.
I hope you not only enjoy the bread pudding, but also the cinnamon raisin bread as by following the recipe for it, you will end up with 2 loaves... one for the bread pudding and one to enjoy for breakfast or a snack.
Thanks again to Ott, A for all of her awesome Iron Chef challenges in 2011!