Friday, December 12, 2008

Low-fat pumpkin bread pudding is one solution to holiday over-indulgence

Trying to diet during the holidays seems hopeless. Who can resist the extra-rich treats we’re exposed to at dinners, parties, and even when we’re out and about? So to lighten up a bit, we’re offering today’s recipe for low-fat pumpkin bread pudding, which was developed by Fiona Haynes for the Guide to Low-fat Cooking. She enjoys finding ways to lighten recipes while still keeping them flavorful. In addition to developing hundreds of low-fat recipes, Fiona also writes two weekly healthy-eating newsletters.

While Fiona does prefer this dish with raisins, she suggests using dried cranberries as an alternative. Says Fiona: “One of our favorite ways of eating this pudding is with a drizzle of good-quality maple syrup, which is why this dessert would also make a pretty good brunch dish.” A great idea for these cool-weather days.

(Fiona Haynes)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 10.5 ounce day-old baguette
2 cups fat-free half and half
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 11 X 7 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut baguette into 1 inch slices, then into cubes. Place in large bowl and cover with half and half, tossing bread cubes to allow liquid to soak in.
In medium bowl, combine beaten eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Add to bread mixture with raisins and blend well. Pour into baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Serves 8.
Per Serving: Calories 286, Calories from Fat 29, Total Fat 3.2g (sat 1.2g), Cholesterol 56mg, Sodium 335mg, Carbohydrate 57.2g, Fiber 1.9g, Protein 7g
(Recipe by Fiona Haynes on Low-fat Cooking)


Diane said...

Thanks so much for this recipe. I made it today and used evaporated skim milk instead of the fat free half and half which is full of sugar. I also used Splenda instead of the other sugar ingredients. It turned out great!!

Thanks again for the ideas.

Portia Little said...

Thanks for sharing all your great ideas for cutting down on the sugar, Diane. I didn't realize the fat free half and half had so much sugar.