Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Candy Cap Bread Pudding Recipe

Chef Todd Humphries of Kitchen Door generously agreed to share his recipe for candy cap bread pudding, an insanely delicious dish that is on Kitchen Door's menu every day.  WARNING: May be habit-forming.
Photo by Ashley Teplin.

Candy Cap Mushroom Bread Pudding
Yield: 1- 13x9 pan
      • 6 cups heavy cream
      • ½ cup dried candy cap mushrooms
      • ½ cup brown sugar
      • ½ cup granulated sugar
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 2 whole eggs
      • 4 egg yolks
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla
      • 1 ¼ loaves brioche
      • ¼ cup dried currants
      • ¼ cup dried golden raisins

    1. Measure cream into a sauce pot and add dried mushrooms.
    2. Heat until just simmering. Let infuse for 1 hour.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks, both sugars, and salt.
    4. Add cream infusion and vanilla.
    5. Strain through a very fine strainer, set aside.
    6. Remove all crust from brioche. Slice into medium sized cubes.
    7. Layer half of the brioche in the 13x9 pan, sprinkle over half of the currants and half of the raisins.
    8. Add the rest of the brioche and top with remaining currants and raisins.
    9. Pour custard over brioche. Gently press down on the top to ensure that the custard has soaked into the brioche well.
    10. Cover with foil and place pan in a larger pan with water coming half way up the side of the 13x9.
    11. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, rotating half way through.
    12. Remove the foil and brown top of bread pudding for 10 min.
    13. Cool bread pudding completely, preferably overnight, and slice into 12 portions.
    14. Reheat in oven to serve.
For extra candy cap goodness, serve with Todd's recipe for Maple Anglaise Sauce... also made with mushrooms.

Maple Anglaise Sauce
Yield: 1 pint
      • 1 ¼ cup heavy cream
      • ½ cup whole milk
      • 1 tablespoon dried candy cap mushrooms
      • 6 tablespoons maple sugar
      • ¼ teaspoon salt
      • 4 egg yolks
      • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
    1. Measure cream and milk into a sauce pot.
    2. Add dried mushrooms.
    3. Heat until just simmering, infuse 1 hour.
    4. Combine yolks, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
    5. Reheat cream infusion to a simmer and temper into egg mixture.
    6. Return everything to the pot and stir constantly over low heat with a rubber spatula until thickened, but not curdling.
    7. Strain through a very fine strainer, add vanilla, cover surface with plastic and cool completely before use.
Why are we putting mushrooms in dessert? Check out my earlier post about candy cap mushrooms.


  1. Oh my... I eat myself sick on this stuff, it's SO good. And how I have the recipe!!

    And wow, that was probably the hardest

    1. oops... hardest bot verification screen. Took like 30 tries!

  2. I know two different recipes to make this product but this recipe is better than other and through this method it takes less time to get ready than others.