Irish Soda Bread Pudding with Bailey's Crème Anglaise
This amazing version of bread pudding brings the best of so many things together! The texture of soda bread makes the best bread pudding, and the hint of Bailey's Irish Cream in the ultra rich crème anglaise is pure heaven!
1loafIrish Soda Bread((see recipe) at least day old bread, hand torn or cut into cubes)
3cupshalf & half(or whole milk - we typically use 2 cups half & half to 1 cup whole milk)
½cupbutter(1 stick, melted and cooled)
¼tspnutmeg(freshly grated is best, add more on top of the assembled bread pudding if desired)
Bailey's Crème Anglaise
1-3TbspBailey's Irish Cream(to taste, 1 Tbsp will only have a hint of Bailey's flavor)
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Irish Soda Bread Pudding
Soak both raisins and golden raisins in warm water for 30 minutes prior to starting your bread pudding. Rinse and drain.
Butter your baking dish (we are using a 2.5 qt casserole dish, but a 9 x13 pan or a 9 x 9 x 2.5 pan work too). Tear your Irish soda bread loaf into chunks (you may not need the whole loaf to fill your pan).
Layer your torn bread chunks with the soaked raisins. I usually do this in thirds, ie. a layer of ⅓ of the torn bread chunks, topped with a third of the raisins. Repeat two more times until your dish is full but not overly full. *The bread will expand, you do not want your bread pudding overflowing.
In a medium to large mixing bowl, combine the half & half (or whole milk), eggs, yolks, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined, then pour over the layered bread chunks and raisins in your baking dish. Top with additional freshly grated nutmeg, if desired.
If your pudding mixture does not come to the bottom edge of the top lip of your baking dish, you can use milk to top off the bread pudding. You want your bread pretty well covered with liquid.
Allow your bread pudding to soak in the mixture for about 30 minutes, then preheat your oven to 320 degrees F (162 degrees C) and make sure that your oven racks are in the middle of the oven.
Bake your Irish soda bread pudding for 55-60 minutes, or until the pudding is firm (should be set but still soft) in the center of your baking dish. The top will be golden brown and the pudding will be set between the bread pieces. Remove from the oven when done, and allow to cool before serving.
If using a 9 x 13 pan, you will have a thinner layer of your bread pudding. Check this at 40-45 minutes as it will bake faster.
Serve portions of your Irish Soda Bread Pudding with Bailey's Crème Anglaise poured over each serving.
Bailey's Crème Anglaise
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and heavy cream. Bring the milk to a low simmer, then remove from heat.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar, and Bailey's Irish Cream. Gradually whisk in a bit of the hot milk, adding a drizzle more each time to temper the eggs (and prevent curdling the eggs).
Return the custard to your saucepan and stir over low heat until the crème anglaise thickens and the egg is completely cooked (about 4-5 minutes). DO NOT BOIL.
Transfer the sauce to a bowl (you can strain it, if desired, for a super smooth crème anglaise). Allow to cool before serving or storing in the refrigerator.