Cherry Bread Pudding

It has been 5 days since I have baked. Both Randy and I have been going through sugar withdrawals. Well…almost, we have made it several times to the donut shop and the Blue Bell aisle at the grocery store, but since I couldn’t quit coughing long enough to measure the flour and sugar correctly, we have relied on outside sources for our sugar fill. But today is a turning point. I am proud to say that I can hold the measuring cups without shaking and am able to wear my contacts to read recipes. Life is so good. When I saw this recipe in our Frisco Style Magazine which comes to the house each month, it reminded me of the bread pudding we order at Nordstroms from time to time. (we allow ourselves to have this most honored and wonderful dessert 2 times a year, birthdays and Christmas, as I am sure that it knocks our cholesterol up over 300 each time we have it).
This recipe is made with donuts and since we have found our favorite donut shop in Frisco, called Jenny’s donuts at Legacy and Lebanon, I think I might have to send Mr. Randy out in the sleet and ice to get us a dozen donuts to make this most wonderful sounding bread pudding.
*Recipe by Chef at Ace’s Ice House
1 1/2 dozen donuts
6 eggs
2 cups heavy cream
8 oz white chocolate, crumbled
8 oz dried cherries
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tables vanilla
3 oz butter, sliced into thin slices.
1 tables cinnamon
1 tables nutmeg
Cherry Sauce
2 cups seedless black cherries
1 1/4 cup red port wine
1/2 cup sugar

Cut up the donuts and put them in a mixing bowl. Add the white chocolate and dried cherries. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg. (Set aside about 1/4 cup of this mixture.) Add the eggs, cream, milk and vanilla to the sugar mixture. (not the 1/4 cup part). Mix thoroughly and pour over the donut mixture, making sure it is soaked. Put this mixture in a greased baking pan. Evenly place the butter slices on top and sprinkle the 1/4 sugar mixture over the top of the bread pudding. Bake in 350 preheated oven until golden brown. About 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven. Cut into squares, spreading cherry sauce evenly over the top right before serving.
Cherry Sauce:
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the cherries are soft. Put the mix in the blended to puree then pour on top of serving squares.

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