Roasted Beet Bread Pudding Recipe


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I adapted this recipe idea for Roasted Beet Bread Pudding from the cookbook, All Around The World Cookbook, by Sheila Lukins.

This was an interesting experiment using roasted beets. I had an over-abundance of beets to use this year that I had roasted in my oven. Now, what to do with all these roasted beets? When I came upon this recipe, I just had to try it and, of course, I couldn't just make the recipe as it was written, but had to experiment! My husband really likes it and I hope you will also.

Roasted Beet Bread Pudding


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Roasted Beet Bread Pudding Recipe:

Recipe Type: Beets, Dessert, Puddings, Bread Pudding
Yields: 10 to 12 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 50 min


Ingredients:

1 loaf rye bread or French bread (approximately 14 to 16 ounces), cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (I used French Bread)
12 ounces roasted beets, peeled
4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups raisins
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons butter (for the baking pan)
Sour cream or light cream (garnish)

* Learn how easy it is to Oven-Roasted Fresh Beets.


Preparation:

Let the rye bread or French bread slices dry uncovered overnight or lightly toast them and let dry at room temperature for 30 minutes.

grated beetsCoarsely grate the roasted beets; set aside.

Tear or cut French bread into 1-inch pieces (about 6 to 7 cups); place in a large bowl with the milk and raisins; let bread pieces soak for 30 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt, and pepper together. Pour egg mixture over the soaking bread/milk mixture.

Crush the bread mixture with your hands until well mixed. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
 

cut up bread
Cut-Up Bread Pieces

squeezing bread
Hand squeezing the bread with milk/egg mixture.

mixed bread mixture
Mixture squeezed and resting for 1 hour.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Position oven rack in center of oven.

When ready to bake, generously butter a 13x9-inch baking pan or dish. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter.

Spread 1/2 of the bread pudding mixture into prepared pan or dish. Cover the top evenly with the grated beets. Then spread the remaining bread pudding mixture over the beets.

beet mixture spread out
Beets spread on top of 1/2 the bread mixture

Beet Bread Pudding ready to bake
Ready To Bake

Bake, uncovered, approximately 40 to 50 minutes, until set in the center, and the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

To serve, cut into squares and put into individual serving dishes.

Serve with dollops of sour cream or pour some cream over the top. NOTE: Best fresh and eaten the day it is made.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.


 


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