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Guava Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

Sound the alarms for delicious desserts! Orlando Firefighter and Chef Manny Washington makes this fruity and highly-comforting bread pudding at firehouses all over the country. And to say it’s a hit would be an understatement!

You can bake the bread pudding in a loaf pan, if you’d like, by using only 4 eggs and filling the pan 3/4 of the way full.

Guava Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing
Serves 6 to 8


For the guava bread pudding:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 loaf brioche bread, cut into cubes
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 cups whole milk
5 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup guava paste, diced small
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons light brown sugar

For the vanilla cream cheese icing:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk, as needed


1. Make the guava bread pudding: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using your hands, butter an 8×8-inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, using your hands, combine bread, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, eggs, raisins, and guava paste until bread is well coated in batter.

3. Transfer bread mixture in an even layer to baking dish.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter and light brown sugar until combined. Drizzle over the top of the bread mixture. Using a fork, swirl into the bread.

5. Bake until browned and a thermometer inserted in the center reads 175 degrees and comes out clean, 60 to 90 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.

7. Make the vanilla cream cheese icing: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, beat together cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Slowly pour in milk, a little at a time, until the icing is pourable.

8. Spoon icing over the top of bread pudding and serve by cutting into slices.


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