Makes 9 servings

Pear Bread Pudding with Butterscotch SauceIngredients:

Bread Pudding
3 English muffins, crumbled
1 can (29 oz) pear halves, drained and diced
4 large eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated lemon peel (about 1 whole lemon)
1/4 tsp table salt

Butterscotch Sauce:
1/4 pound butter (8 Tbsp), room temperature)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Bread Pudding
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Crumble the English muffins, and grate the lemon. Set aside.
3. Dice the pear halves, and pour in to line the bottom of a greased 9″ X 9″ cake pan or square casserole
4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until well combined.
5. Add milk, vanilla, grated lemon and salt, stirring to combine.
6. Stir in the English muffins until well dampened, and then pour over the pears. Spread evenly to cover.
7. Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
8. Cool on a wire rack.
9. Slice into 9 pieces

Butterscotch Sauce
1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low-medium heat
2. Stir in the brown sugar and stir to combine
3. Increase heat to medium, and drizzle in the whipping cream, stirring constantly until it is well combined
4. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
5. When a boil is reached, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Set aside.

Lea 2008This delightful recipe is simple, but elegant, and imparts the subtle and delicate flavor of luscious pears. For even more elegance, top with a dollop of whipped cream garnished with a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Another variation is to sprinkle the bottom of the pan or casserole with brown sugar before adding the mixture, and serving it as a Pear Upside Down Cake.