To Make The Bread Pudding:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
Brush melted butter on one side of French bread slices, and place bread, buttered sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake bread at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
Combine raisins and whiskey in a small bowl; cover and let stand 10 minutes or until soft (do not drain).
Combine the low fat milk and next 4 ingredients (low-fat milk through eggs) in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add bread cubes and raisin mixture, pressing gently to moisten; let stand 15 minutes. Spoon bread mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pudding. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 35 minutes or until set. Serve warm with Caramel-Whiskey Sauce.
*NOTE: Substitute 1/4 cup apple juice for the Irish whiskey, if desired.
Makes 12 servings.
Serving size: One (1) 3-inch square and 2 tablespoons sauce.
To Make Caramel-Whiskey Sauce:
Combine sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Cook an additional 15 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat. Carefully add butter and cream cheese, stirring constantly with a whisk (mixture will be hot and bubble vigorously). Cool slightly, and stir in whiskey and milk.
Date: March 13, 2002