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Almond Bread Pudding

Use almonds and old croissants to make one of the most decadent desserts recipes around. Almond extract and almond paste gives this easy dessert recipe an extra kick of that nutty almond flavor.

Ingredients
  • 6 croissants
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup almond paste, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
Instructions
  1. Cut croissants into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in a greased 13x9-inch baking dish.
     
  2. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, sugar and extracts. Pour over croissants. let stand for 10 minutes. Dot with almond paste. Sprinkle with almonds. Dish will be full.
     
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
     
  4. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir sugar with a wooden spoon until sugar has melted and turned a deep amber color, about 20 minutes.
     
  5. Add 1 cup cream mixture. The mixture will bubble. Stir in remaining cream.
     
  6. Cook 10-15 minutes longer or until caramelized sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in strawberries. Serve over bread pudding.
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