Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending an awesome Pot-luck! Being that this was my first potluck, where I wasn’t sure of what kinds of foods the guests liked I had no idea what to bring. So, naturally I thought you can’t go wrong with a hybrid item meal thingy, lol. A little something for everyone to cover all the bases. Of course I don’t mean hybrid in the sense of GMO vs organic, but rather sweet and savory elements in one dish. This recipe definitely has both and can be tweaked to play up which ever you prefer. This bread pudding is a full breakfast in one bite! I feel like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory when she tries the gum, lol. When you bite into this bread pudding you’ll feel like you’re eating pancakes, sausage and all that is breakfast at the same time. The addition of the maple cream just makes it that much better! Here’s what you’ll need…
1 lb Ground sausage
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup Heavy cream
1 pint french vanilla ice cream or rum raisin
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp ground sage
2 tsps of kosher salt
1 loaf of brioche bread
The first thing you want to do after you gather all of your ingredients is cut your bread into two inch squares like so…
Next crumble your breakfast sausage and brown in a pan for about 10 minutes. After its fully cooked place the sausage on a paper towel to get rid of as much of the oil as possible. In a mixer combine all ingredients except the cream and a half cup of the maple syrup. Mix on low to fully cover all the bread.
Place the mixture into a pan and let the bread soak up all the deliciousness for about twenty minutes.
Once you get to this point you’re ready to pop your breakfast pudding into the oven.Bake at 350° degrees for about 40 minutes. While that cooks begin preparing your maple cream. Bring the remaining half cup of maple syrup to a boil. Let the maple syrup reduce while stirring often on medium heat for about five minutes. Remove syrup from heat and mix in cream.
Remove cooked bread pudding from oven (the pudding is done once it is set and golden brown) and drizzle maple cream over the pudding. The bread will absorb the maple cream and make the dish amazing.