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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Desserts, Make-Ahead, Slow Cooker Waffle Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Waffle Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Waffle Bread Pudding
The humble slow cooker transforms leftover buttermilk waffles into a flavorful bread pudding layered with candied pecans and maple sugar in this simple yet decadent dessert application.
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Really Good Waffles

  • 4 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 4 3/4 ounces whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature

Slow Cooker Waffle Bread Pudding

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 batch Really Good Waffles
  • 1 cup chopped candied pecans
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar (optional)

Specialized Hardware

  • Digital kitchen scale
  • Waffle iron
  • 1 1/2-quart slow cooker
  • Digital instant-read thermometer
Slow Cooker Waffle Bread Pudding

Procedure

  • Make the waffles: Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs and butter together in another bowl, and then whisk in the buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk to combine. Rest the batter for 5 minutes.
  • Lightly coat the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the iron according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Close the iron top and cook until the waffle is golden on both sides and is easily removed from the iron.
  • Make the bread pudding: Coat the crock of 1 1/2-quart slow cooker with the butter, layer the waffles into the slow cooker, sprinkling with a few tablespoons of the candied pecans in between layers, and set aside.
  • Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and whisk until smooth. Pour the custard over the waffles, then cover with a layer of plastic wrap. Place a large can (or cast iron skillet) on top of the waffles. The goal is to press the waffles together and help them absorb the custard mixture. Press for 30 minutes.
  • Set the slow cooker to low and add the crock. Remove the weight and plastic wrap. Cover with the slow cooker's lid and cook on low until the custard should is set and reaches an internal temperature of at least 205°F, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Heat your broiler to high. Remove the slow cooker's crock from the cooker and remove the lid. Sprinkle the bread pudding with the maple sugar and broil until just brown, about 2 minutes. Cool the pudding for 15 minutes before serving.
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