Lavender Cream Cheese and Jam Bread Pudding
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Recipe type: American
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 8
 
This Bread Pudding may just be the quintessential comfort food! It has a delightful tart flavor from the sourdough bread and Plum Black Currant Jam, and sweet delicate floral note from the culinary lavender. The rich, sweet sauce sets off the tartness of the fruit.. simply a taste of heaven!! Served warm with Lavender Bourbon Whiskey sauce, or whipped topping; or cold for breakfast, with a dollop of plain greek yogurt!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices white bread ¼' thick (left to dry out on a rack 4 hours or overnight)
  • *I used my homemade Sourdough Bread
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup good quality raspberry jam (I used Plum Black Current Jam my husband made)
  • 2½ cups milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1 tsp. culinary English lavender "Signature Blend"
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • pinch salt
  • *Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground English culinary lavender, (Hood River Lavender, Signature Blend)
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup butter, room temp.
  • 3 Tablespoons Bourbon Whiskey or to your taste (Yukon Jack works also)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325'
  2. Fit the bread into an 8" square pan in two layers, trimming where needed. Remove the bread from the pan, and butter pan bottom and sides. Spread cream cheese, then jam evenly over all the bread slices. (If this seems a little messy, it is)
  3. Put one layer of bread in the bottom of the pan, cream cheese and jam side up. Then put the second layer of bread on top of the first, also with cream cheese and jam up.
  4. Whisk together the milk, lavender, vanilla, and eggs. Add sugar and salt, whisk to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the bread in the pan and push the slices down into the milk mixture to be sure they are soaked. (cover & allow custard to soak into bread for 30 minutes)
  5. Put this pan into a larger one, and fill the larger pan halfway with hot water. (I suggest that you do this by the stove to avoid spills) Carefully place into the oven, and Bake for about 55 minutes, or until a knife placed in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 1 hour, if you can wait that long! ;-) *Serve with Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce. Taste like heaven on earth, Goodness!
  6. *Instructions for Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce:
  7. Finely grind the culinary lavender, by placing ¼ cup sugar & 1 tsp lavender in a spice grinder or coffee grinder.(I tossed my culinary lavender into the pan whole) In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, lavender and egg, stir until well blended. Add butter, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey. Pour it on, freely, and enjoy a taste of heaven! (Cream Cheese Bread Pudding author:unknown, Bourbon Whiskey Sauce: Linda Stradley, I'll Have What They're Having)
Recipe by Lavender Lady - Hood River Lavender Farm at http://lavenderfarms.net/lavender-lady/2016/01/16/wintery-lavender-yummy-bread-pudding/