Black & Wright

Evolution of Southern Fare

Located in Chicago, Black & Wright is renowned for its culinary excellence and southern inspired dishes. We invite you to tour our site and discover the joys of cooking

Black & Wright offers private cooking and catering events in an array of styles perfect for a small group outing, power meetings, garden parties, sixth or sixtieth birthdays, bridal showers and anything else that may fall in between.

Whether you are looking to learn how to BBQ, cook a vegetarian feast or a gourmet dinner we will be happy to work with you to prepare a tantalizing menu.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Cranberry Caramel

Bread pudding 2 cups half and half

1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin

1 cup (packed) plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

10 cups 1/2-inch cubes brioche or challah bread (about 10-ounces)

Caramel sauce

1 lb fresh or frozen cranberries

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

For bread pudding: Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend. Fold in bread cubes.  Transfer mixture to 11x7-inch glass baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes. Bake pumpkin bread pudding until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Tip: you can also make individual bread pudding in smaller souffle dishes

prepare caramel sauce:

In a food processor purée cranberries and transfer to a small bowl.

In a dry heavy saucepan cook sugar over moderate heat, stirring with a fork, until melted and cook, without stirring, swirling pan, until a golden caramel. Remove pan from heat and carefully add water and cranberry purée (caramel will steam and harden). Return pan to heat and simmer sauce, stirring, 10 minutes, or until caramel is dissolved. Pour sauce through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl, and cool completely. Sauce may be made 4 days ahead and chilled, Bring sauce to room temperature before serving.

Sift powdered sugar over bread pudding.  Serve warm with the cranberry caramel sauce.