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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Smitty's Bread Pudding

Photo courtesy of the Cooking Corner.

    When you step through the doors of Smitty's Italian Steakhouse on Franklin Street in Evansville, it's like going back to a different time, when quality mattered. What started as Smitty's Little Tavern in 2001, served bar food and had local bands. This turned into Smitty's Italian Steakhouse and fine dining in 2012. After months of recipe testing and development a variety of sauces and dishes were created that now make fine Italian dining. 
    After a meal of great pasta or steak, there is homemade bread pudding, developed by one of the owner's daughter. Smitty's was nice enough to share the recipe so we could make it at home.

Smitty's Bread Pudding
1 loaf cinnamon bread, diced in 1 inch squares
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preparation
Mix eggs, heavy cream, milk, sugar and cinnamon together. 
In a large buttered pan with a 2-inch edge pour mixture over bread pieces. Add water to cover the mixture. 
Preheat oven to 325. Bake 1 hour. Cool 20 minutes.

Praline Sauce Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup pecans
1 lb. brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Preparation
Combine butter and pecans in medium saucepan and bring to boil then turn down. Add remaining ingredients and cool down. Then bring back to 230 degrees and remove from heat and stir. Top with vanilla ice cream and serve.


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