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Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Tres Leches Sauce

Serves 12

Time: 2 hours, plus overnight to dry bread. This hearty dessert also makes a tasty breakfast, with maple syrup in place of the tres leches sauce.

Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Tres Leches Sauce

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
 1 baguette (about 12 oz.)
 1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs.)
 3 cups half-and-half, divided
 1/2 cup granulated sugar
 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
 5 large eggs
 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  Butter for pan
  Tres Leches Sauce or other caramel sauce
Step 1

Cut bread into 1-in. cubes and spread them on a baking sheet or clean counter. Let sit overnight.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°. With a fork or sharp knife, poke holes all over squash. Microwave it on high 10 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Halve squash lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Flesh should be tender when scraped with a fork; if it isn't, microwave on high (cut side down) in 1-minute intervals until tender.

Step 3

Scrape flesh from 1 squash half into a blender. Whirl with 2 cups half-and-half, the granulated sugar, nutmeg, and five-spice powder until smooth. Add eggs and whirl just to combine.

Step 4

Put bread cubes in a large bowl and pour half the egg mixture over them. Stir remaining 1 cup half-and-half into remaining egg mixture and pour entire mixture over bread. Let sit 30 minutes.

Step 5

Meanwhile, scrape flesh from other squash half into a medium bowl. Add brown sugar and mash coarsely with a fork.

Step 6

Gently stir mashed squash into bread mixture. Butter a 9- by 13-in. pan and pour mixture into pan. Bake until set in the center, about 30 minutes. Serve warm, with Tres Leches Sauce.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 284Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%

Saturated Fat 5.3g27%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 236mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 42g15%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Protein 7.5g15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.