Is bread pudding a healthy dessert when you use local honey instead of sugar? All I can say for sure is that it was possibly the best bread pudding ever! Serves 6 to 8.
|Honey Sour-Dough Bread Pudding|
12 slices sour-dough bread
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt
4 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup golden raisins
1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. (350F for sugar only)
2. Tear bread into bite-sized pieces. Remove the crusts if you wish.
3. Whip together in this order eggs, cream, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, salt in a large bowl until well mixed. Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter and stir until blended. Use the remaining butter to grease a 9x12 baking pan or gratin dish.
4. Pour the liquid ingredients over the bread and toss until well mixed. Stir in the raisins. Pour into greased pan and place in the oven.
5. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until the top starts to brown and the pudding springs back when touched.
6. Remove from the oven. Let stand 10 minutes to set. Serve as is, with whipped cream, ice cream or hard sauce (if your arteries can stand it.)
~Adapted from The Perfection That is Bread Pudding on the blog, Slow Like Honey.
Cooking with honey
Honey is sweeter than sugar and products made with honey will brown faster than those made with sugar. So I reduced the temperature from 350 to 325 degrees. I recommend you watch the baking time and adjust the oven temperature accordingly. To exchange honey for sugar use ¾ cup honey to 1 cup sugar and reduce liquid by 3-1/3 tablespoons. If sweet milk is used in the recipe, add ¼ teaspoon baking soda to 1 cup milk to neutralize it since honey is an acid. Note: in this recipe, I used a full cup of honey for a highly sweetened dessert.
It is widely believed that local honey relieves allergy symptoms developed from reaction to local flora. Honey also helps to promote healing and energy. It is made up of 35 percent protein and is a highly concentrated source of essential nutrients and minerals. It has large amounts of vitamin B complex plus vitamins C, D and E.