Peaches and cream bread pudding
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus 4 tablespoons melted
- 6 cups 1-inch cubes of day-old bread
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups milk
- 2 pounds peaches, peeled and seeded, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
For the Bread Pudding: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10 by 14-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the softened butter.
In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, heavy cream and milk and let sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the bread is soaking, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of softened butter in a large skillet and, when butter begins to bubble, add the peaches and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until peaches are golden brown around the edges and softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg and whisk well to combine. Stir the egg mixture into the bread mixture and fold to combine. Add the warm peaches and fold gently but thoroughly to combine. Pour into the prepared dish. Drizzle with the melted butter and bake until golden brown, puffed, and slightly firm when pressed in the center, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack until just warm, about 20 minutes.