Celebrate the winter holidays with one of the best “Cooking with Beer” recipes we’ve ever shared especially if you enjoy bread pudding.
This one comes our way from Petaluma, California-based Lagunitas Brewing and it uses the brewery’s delicious winter seasonal, Unrefined Shugga’, a 10% ABV Strong Ale that’s crafted with authentic whole cane sugar.
So it’s time to throw out that fruit cake your mom sent you and get a little more unrefined this holiday season.
Lagunitas Unrefined Shugga’ Bread Pudding
- 6 oz. (half a bottle) Unrefined Brown Shugga’ (the beer, not the sucrose)
- 1.5 cups Brown Sugar (the sucrose, not the beer)
- 1 loaf of French Bread, Diced into Crouton-sized Bites
- 1/2 gallon Whole Milk
- 9 Eggs
- 3 Cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 4 oz. Cinnamon Powder
- 3 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
Okay let’s do this…
- Take all of the ingredients (minus the bread) and mix together until it makes a tasty goo
- Grease a large (~20×12 or equivalent) oven-safe baking pan and fill it with the cubed French bread.
- Add the tasty goo mixture and press to ensure all the bread bits have soaked in the goods. There will be some of the mixture coming up in excess… that’s perfect.
- Cover and bake at 375˚F/24˚C for 20 min.
- Uncover and top with 1.5 cups brown sugar (the sucrose, not the beer).
- Take the lid off and bake it uncovered for another 15 minutes, or until the bread bounces back at the touch. Test it by inserting a toothpick and, when removed, the toothpick should be clean.
- Remove the label from condensed milk cans, put them in a pot and cover with water. Partially cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Leave at a boil ‘til all the water has cooked away (this could around an hour).
- Open the cans (careful… they’re hot!), and mix in the Brown Shugga’ beer.
- Let cool and smother it all over the Bread Pudding.
And while you’re waiting for the bread pudding to cool (10-15 min) it’s time to celebrate your mad cooking skills by polishing off what’s left of your Unrefined Brown Shugga’ and maybe opening another.
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(image credits: Lagunitas Brewing)