Village Cafe's Best-Ever Bread Pudding With Praline Sauce

Courtesy of Village Cafe
This bread pudding is a favorite at Village Cafe in Fayetteville, Georgia.

About the recipe

This family recipe has long been a favorite among guests at the Village Cafe in Fayetteville, Georgia. “It’s still the most popular dessert we sell, ” former owner Tom Shaver said. “It’s certainly a comfort food, but you’re not going to find it on other restaurant menus. It’s more like what you’re going to get at Grandma’s house.”

When preparing praline sauce, be very careful around the boiling sugar syrup.

Serves: 8

Hands On Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Ingredients

8-day-old French bread dinner rolls (or any crusty dinner rolls)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 quart half and half

5 eggs

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Praline Sauce (makes about 1 1/2 cups; 8 to 12 servings):

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Chopped walnuts, for serving (optional) 

Instructions

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. 

Cut each French bread dinner roll in half and then cut into 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch slices. Transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle sugar over the bread slices. Pour half and half over the bread. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs and vanilla and pour over the bread.

Mix the bread mixture gently but thoroughly, then let mixture soak for 15 minutes. Mix again and then allow to soak another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare praline sauce.

Spread the bread mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until pudding is set and lightly browned on top. Serve each piece with 2-3 tablespoons praline sauce and optional whipped cream and chopped walnuts.

To make praline sauce: In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the brown sugar, then bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the cream, return to a boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition

Per serving (with Praline Sauce): 697 calories (percent of calories from fat, 53), 11 grams protein, 73 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 42 grams fat (24 grams saturated), 249 milligrams cholesterol, 265 milligrams sodium.