I have always wanted to make a bread pudding. Most variations require a bunch of sugar in a vanilla pudding like custard over some kind of white bread. That did not interest me. As another round of the Spiked! challenge was announced, my mind went into overtime as the special ingredient is Bailey's!
Whenever I think of Bailey's two things come to mind. First, I think of the perk it adds to coffee. Secondly, I think of Irish Car Bombs! Some great St. Patrick's Day staples are in a car bomb; Guinness, Bailey's and Jameson. I slowly came back around to the idea of a bread pudding, but with my own twist!
My variation of this traditional favorite features a Guinness Beer Bread (variation of this recipe), an irish cream custard base, and a Bailey's chocolate glaze.
Car Bomb Bread Pudding
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups Guinness Beer Bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 eggs
- 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/4 c Irish Cream (add enough to the sweetened condensed milk to be 2 cups/16 oz)
- chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer in the bottom of a baking dish. I use a 9-10 inch square Pyrex casserole.
- Beat together eggs, sweetened condensed milk, and Bailey's. Pour liquid over the bread.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown all over the top.
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup Irish Cream
- 1 tsp chocolate syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat until mixture reaches a low boil.
- Pour a small amount over the individual servings of bread pudding.
This bread pudding is great! It has a nice crunch while maintaining moisture and not being soggy. All of the flavor components of an Irish Car Bomb are there without the chugging, and curdling of the infamous drop shot. The bread adds the smokey coffee flavor from the Guinness without a bitterness, which is a great contrast to the Irish Cream. Berkeley loved this so much he ate it for dessert and for breakfast the next morning. So I'd say Man Tested and Approved!