Pineapple Raisin Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding made with pineapple and raisins makes a warm, satisfying finale to a winter meal, or a comforting dessert to have with tea.

Serves: 6 to 8

  • 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, with liquid (see note)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk or coconut milk (the beverage
    type, not from a can)
  • 5 cups firmly packed Italian or French bread,
    cut or torn into approximately 1-inch chunks
  • 2/3 cup dark or golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup natural granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan buttery spread (such as Earth Balance), melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon vegan buttery spread (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the pineapple, almond milk, and bread in a mixing bowl. Stir together and let stand 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture into a lightly oiled 9- by 9-inch baking pan.

For the glaze, melt the Earth Balance in a small skillet. Stir in the vanilla and agave nectar. Spoon evenly over the top of the pudding.

Bake for 25 minutes, then top with the almonds. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and beginning to turn crusty. Serve warm.

Note: When fresh pineapple is in season, by all means use it! Place chunks of peeled pineapple in the food processor and pulse on and off until evenly crushed. Use about a cup and a half of crushed pineapple for the recipe.

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