Our featured dessert is original prepared only with blueberries. But we were given Bosc pears, and they are very good eating. We decided to use them as an addition to the bread pudding. The Bosc is a cultivar of the European Pear grown in the northwestern U.S. states of California, Washington, and Oregon. It is also cultivated in Australia, as well as in British Columbia, and of course Europe. In Europe it is sometimes referred to a the Kaiser pear.
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Information on different varieties of Pears: Local Foods – Pear Varieties
Blueberry Pear and White Chocolate Bread Pudding
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt*
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup Bosc pears, 2 medium, diced
1 (10 -12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
Preheat oven 350°
In a large mixing bowl; combine eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla. Stir in blueberries, pears and baking chips.
Mix in bread cubes; let stand for 15 minutes or until bread is softened. Transfer to a greased 13×9 inch baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, for 50-65 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving.
*With the presence of sugar in a recipe, using salt can require less sugar. The original recipe calls for 2 cups sugar but no salt. By adding the salt, less sugar is needed. The salt brings out the sweetness of the sugar, and making it seem as though you put two cups.
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