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Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding with Glazed Pears

Impress your guests with this rich, luxurious dessert!

Number of Servings: 8
Prep: 40 min | Chill: 1 hr
Cool: 20 min | Bake: 40 min at 350°

7 cups country French or ciabatta bread cubes (10 ounces)
6 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
1 cup dulce de leche or butterscotch- or caramel-flavor ice cream topping
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 recipe Browned-Butter Glazed Pears (below)

1. Generously butter eight 8- to 10-ounce ramekins or custard cups. Divide bread cubes among prepared dishes.

2. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, dulce de leche, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat with a wire whisk or an electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

3. Pour egg mixture over bread in dishes; press lightly with the back of a spoon to moisten bread. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place dishes in a large roasting pan. Place roasting pan on oven rack. Pour boiling water into roasting pan to reach halfway up sides of dishes. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in centers comes out clean.

5. Remove dishes from water. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread pudding from dishes. Serve warm with Browned-Butter Glazed Pears.

Browned-Butter Glazed Pears 

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup dulce de leche or butterscotch- or caramel-flavor ice cream topping
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups peeled and sliced pears

In a large skillet heat butter over medium-low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a light golden brown. Stir in brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in dulce de leche and vanilla. Stir in pears. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes or until pears are tender, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 
531 cal., 
15 g Fat, total (8 g sat. fat,  3 g Monosaturated fat,  1 g Polyunsaturated fat,  0 g Trans fatty acid), 
191 mg chol., 
420 mg sodium, 
85 g carb., 
3 g fiber, 
62 g sugar, 
15 g pro.

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