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Cuisine of the Natural State

Spicolihandfood

 This recipe has been used since I could remember going camping.  Arkansas is known for its wide use of the Dutch Oven and consumption of Bread Pudding and what better way to express Cuisine of the Natural State then to put the two together.  I have added my parents original recipe was good however, over the years I have modified it to better suit my liking.  I added some Maple Syrup, Pecans, Bacon and a Razorback Icing to top it off. 

Dutch Oven Bread Pudding

· 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

· 1 loaf French bread

· 10 eggs

· 1 1/2 cups sugar

· 2 1/2 cups milk

· 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

Razorback Bread Pudding

· 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

· 1 loaf French bread

4 slices Maple Bacon

· 10 eggs

· 1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

· 2 1/2 cups milk

· 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 teaspoon nutmeg

· 2 teaspoons cinnamon

· 1 teaspoon baking powder

· 1/2 cup pancake syrup

· 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Procedure

Cook the Bacon in the bottom of the Dutch oven until crispy (Remove and set aside "Save Bacon Grease")

Melt butter in Dutch oven.  Cut bread into 1 inch squares and add to Dutch oven.  In a separate bowl add eggs, sugar, 1 1/2 cups milk (reserving 1 cup), Crumbled Bacon, vanilla extract, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking powder.  Mix well.  Stir mixture into bread in Dutch oven until bread is thoroughly coated.  Cover.  Cook until done.  (Heating times may vary according to a number of factors.  We typically place 8-10 white hot charcoal briquettes under our Dutch oven and 12-14 white hot charcoal briquettes on top of our Dutch oven, cooking for approximately 30 minutes.)

While the bread pudding is cooking, combine the syrup, remaining 1 cup milk, Bacon Grease and pecans in a small pan to make a sauce.  Mix well and heat until very warm (do not boil), stirring occasionally.  After the bread pudding is cooked, remove the lid from the Dutch oven and pour the sauce over the dessert, letting it be absorbed before serving.

Author:   Spicolihandfood  Version:  1  Language: English  Category: Arkansas  Subcategory: Food  Views: 149

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