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       Title: BREAD PUDDING WITH WHISKEY SAUCE-Bon Ton Cafe
  Categories: Puddings, Cajun
       Yield: 8 servings
  
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       1    Loaf French bread
       1    Quart milk
       3    Eggs
       2 c  Sugar
       2 tb Vanilla extract
       2 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 c  Raisins
       3 tb Melted margarine
 
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       1 c  Sugar
       1    Stick butter
            -(or margarine)
       1    Egg, beaten
       2 oz Bourbon whiskey or
            -Southern Comfort;
            -rum also works well
  
   This is the classic New Orleans bread pudding, as prepared at the Bon
   Ton Cafe on Magazine Street. I consider it a quintessential version,
   but there are many possible variations: you can enrich it by using
   half-and-half instead of milk, and an extra egg; you can add
   different fruits, nuts, etc.
   
   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear bread into chunks and soak in milk.
   Crush with hands to make sure milk has soaked through. Add eggs,
   sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, raisins and stir well. Pour melted
   margarine or butter in bottom of a heavy 9 x 14 baking pan. Add bread
   mixture (and I sprinkle more cinnamon and raisins on top) and bake
   until very firm, about 40 mins. Cool pudding, cube it and put it into
   individual dessert dishes. When ready to serve, add whiskey sauce and
   heat under broiler for a few minutes (last step optional).
   
   Whiskey sauce
   
   A variation that I like is to use Southern Comfort for the sauce
   instead of whiskey. Cream sugar and butter and cook in a
   double-boiler until very hot and well-dissolved. Add well-beaten egg
   very slowly and whip very fast so egg doesn't curdle. Cool and add
   liquor. Walt MM
   
   Serves 8
  
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