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Thursday, June 7, 2012

King's Hawaiian: White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with King Caramel Sauce {Review}

White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with King Caramel Sauce

Makes 8-10 servings.
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz.) King's Hawaiian Original Bread; cut into one-inch cubes
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups toasted pecans, chopped
    Ingredients for King's Caramel Sauce
    • 1 1/3 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tsp. corn syrup
    • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
    • 6 tbsp. butter
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preparation
  1. Cut the bread into cubes the night before and leave out to become a tad stale.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat. Meanwhile, place the white chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. When the cream comes to a simmer, remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour over the chips, whisking until the chips melt. Whisk the sugar into the mixture, add the milk, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla.
  3. Add the bread to the bowl, gently stirring to coat the cubes. Set the mixture aside to allow the bread to soak, tossing periodically. (About 30-40 minutes or so).
  4. Toss the pecans into the soaked bread mixture, then pour into a baking dish. (Individual dishes can be used for single servings).
  5. Place in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Test the bread pudding to make sure the top is golden brown and the inside is cooked (not too dry though).
  6. Remove from oven and serve with caramel sauce.

    King's Caramel Sauce Preparation
    1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup and put over high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and begins to boil. Note: Do not stir the sugar as this could cause it to seize.
    2. While the sugar is cooking, combine the cream, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Keep an eye on the sugar while heating the cream to keep it from scorching. Cook until the butter melts, stirring it into the cream. When the mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat.
    3. Continue to cook the sugar until it darkens to a rich caramel color, 9 – 15 minutes. Swirl the pan as the sugar darkens – watch carefully as it can burn easily at this stage.
    4. When it is a rich caramel color, immediately remove the pan from the heat and add the cream mixture in a slow, steady stream. The sugar will bubble and steam as the cream is added. Stir in the vanilla.
    5. When the pudding is baked, spoon generous helpings into bowls. Drizzle the sauce over the portion and serve immediately.



I had the joy of meeting the Courtney Taira and the ladies from King's Hawaiian at Bloggy Boot Camp in Philadelphia! They sponsored our lunch and served their White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding as a desert! To say it was decadent, amazing, and the BEST bread pudding I have ever had is an understatement! It took everything in me to not go back to the kitchen and beg the Chef for seconds! It seriously was the best bread pudding I have ever had!

Courtney Taira, is the grand daughter of the company founder Robert R. Taira. She is proud to be the third generation in the King's Hawaiian family based company. King's Hawaiian prides themselves by treating everyone with the Aloha spirit, they were founded in the 1950's in Hilo, Hawaii, they give back to the community, and love sharing their great recipes and tips. You can join the King's Hawaiian Club for special offers, contests, and recipes. Will you consider joining the "Ohana" or King's Hawaiian family?

*I met Courtney Taira of King's Hawaiian, at Bloggy Boot Camp Philadelphia, at a sponsored lunch she hosted. I was given free samples of the King's Hawaiian sweet rolls and original sweet bread, to share with my family at home. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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