Food blogger extraordinaire Peabody Johanson shares her love of dessert with her new cookbook Holy Sweet! 60 Indulgent Recipes for Bigger, Better Desserts which includes this ultra-decadent Honey Buns Bread Pudding.
To make the bread pudding: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolk, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until they’re fully combined. Spread half of the Honey Buns cubes over the bottom of the pan. Pour in half the custard mixture and press the bread down to soak up the custard. Spread the remaining Honey Buns cubes on top of the bottom layer. Pour on the remaining custard and press the bead pieces down.
Heather’s note: I wanted my bread pudding to look exactly like Peabody’s in the book, so I kept one Honey Bun whole and nestled it in the center of the pan before baking.
Cover the pan with the foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until none of the custard mixture is still liquid. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool while you prepare the caramel sauce.
To make the honey caramel sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, water, and sugar. Heat over medium heat, swirling the pa, until the sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Then bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it is a deep golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully whisk in the cream, butter, salt, and vanilla. The mixture will spatter, so be careful
Let the sauce cool to thicken. The honey caramel sauce can be served either warm or at room temperature. You can refrigerate it in an airtight container up to 2 weeks; gently reheat it before serving.
You can serve this bread pudding with ice cream to make it extra special. Recipe from Holy Sweet! 60 Indulgent Recipes for Bigger, Better Dessertsby Peabody Johanson(Page Street Publishing, 2020)