Sausage-and-Maple Bread Pudding

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This fantastic breakfast bread pudding is a fun, all-in-one take on French toast with maple syrup and sausage. Melted ice cream enriches the “custard” base. Slideshow:  More Savory Bread Pudding Recipes 

Sausage-and-Maple Bread Pudding
Photo: © Justin Walker
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Yield:
6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 pint vanilla or cinnamon ice cream, melted

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons thinly sliced sage leaves

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

  • 3/4 pound brioche, crusts removed and bread torn into 1-inch pieces (10 cups)

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over moderately high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until nicely browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a bowl and let cool.

  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the ice cream, water, sage, salt and 1/2 cup of the maple syrup. Fold in the sausage and brioche. Scrape the mixture into a 9-inch square or 2-quart oval baking dish and let stand for 15 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is browned and the center is set.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil the remaining 1/2 cup of maple syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in the cream. Serve the bread pudding with the maple cream.

Make Ahead

The unbaked bread pudding can be made up to 6 hours ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking.

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