2 - cups milk
1/4 - cup whipping cream
2 - tablespoons instant coffee crystals
6 - eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 - cup granulated sugar
1/3 - cup packed brown sugar
2 - teaspoons vanilla
8 - cups torn white bread (about 12 slices)
1/2 - cup powdered sugar
1 -recipe Cream Cheese Topper
Chocolate-covered coffee beans, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups; set aside. In a large bowl combine milk, cream, and coffee crystals, stirring until coffee is dissolved. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the milk mixture to a small bowl; set aside.
Whisk eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla into the remaining milk mixture. Stir in torn bread until moistened. Spoon mixture into the prepared cups, filling each about three-fourths full.
Bake about 15 minutes or until puffed and set. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes (puddings will fall as they cool).
Meanwhile, for icing, whisk powdered sugar into the reserved 1 tablespoon milk mixture. Using two small serving spoons, remove puddings from cups. Drizzle each pudding with about 1/2 teaspoon of the icing. Top each with about 1 tablespoon of the Cream Cheese Topper. If desired, sprinkle with chopped coffee beans.
Cream Cheese Topper
ounce cream cheese, softened
tablespoon powdered sugar
cup whipping cream
In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add whipping cream, beating until combined. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Makes about 1-1/3 cups.
Nutrition Facts (Coffee and Cream Bread Puddings)
Per serving: 292 kcal cal., 12 g fat (7 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsatured fat), 139 mg chol., 239 mg sodium, 39 g carb., 2 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 7 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet