Bread pudding by Kossow is a winner
THIS winning recipe from the Kona Coffee Recipe Contest would be a good addition to a holiday brunch.
Barbara Kossow's bread pudding won the amateur division for desserts. The grand-prize winner was Jeff R. Walters, executive pastry chef at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. His entry, a Kona Coffee Almond Cake with Mocha Ganache and Macadamia Nut Nougatine, was probably fabulous, but one look at the recipe left me stunned. It is not an endeavor for mere mortals such as us.
Kossow, who is assistant to the Hawaii County deputy managing director, has come up with a creation that is much more straightforward. All you'd have to worry about is burning the milk when making your pudding.
The recipe contest was held last month as part of the annual Kona Coffee Festival. Children, students, amateurs and professionals competed to make desserts and main dishes flavored with coffee.
Kona Coffee Bread Pudding
1 tablespoon instant Kona coffee
2 cups cream
1-1/2 blocks butter
1 cup sugar
5 eggs, beaten
3/4 loaf Punaluu Sweet Bread, cubed (see note)
Dried fruit and/or coconut, as desired for topping
» Coffee pudding:
1/4 cup instant Kona Coffee
2-1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
Combine coffee with cream.
Melt butter in pot, then add sugar and coffee mixture, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool, then add eggs. Set aside.
To make pudding: Combine coffee and milk. Place sugar, cornstarch and salt in a pot, then gradually add coffee mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring to prevent burning. Cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Cool slightly; add vanilla.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place bread into a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Top with desired fruit and/or coconut. Cover bread with pudding.
Stir egg mixture, then pour over pudding and bread. Use fork to lightly incorporate wet mixture with bread.
Bake 30 to 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, if desired.
Nutritional information unavailable.
Note: If substituting another type of sweet bread, a Punaluu loaf weighs 24 ounces.
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