Make this perfectly non-traditional, non-chocolate dessert in your cast iron skillet for an extra special Valentine's Day treat!
If there’s anything I’ve learned in nearly five years of marriage with my guy, it’s that the way to his heart is most definitely through his stomach.
Good thing, because it’s the way to mine, too – which is to say, we eat quite well!
Every year for Valentine’s Day, we make each other a fantabulous home-cooked meal. He makes the dinner, I make the dessert. This year, I’m contemplating making approximately 12 hundred dozen desserts because I can’t seem to narrow down all the yummy options – but most likely, I’ll go with this Cherry Cheesecake Bread Pudding, inspired by the The Old Hen blog.
I mean, nothing can really compete with gooey bread pudding topped with dollops of cream cheese, cherry pie filling, sugary streusel and cream cheese icing. Are you drooling yet? I know I am … totally a good look for Valentine’s Day!
Firstly, you’ll need to round up the ingredients. Yes yes, I know, it’s a hefty list, but they’re all easy-to-find ingredients and you probably have about half of them already in your homestead.
Mix together the bread pudding ingredients and place half of the mixture in a large, greased cast-iron skillet. Top it with dollops of the cream cheese mixture and cherry pie filling.
Then top that with the remaining bread pudding mixture, and then top THAT with the remaining cream cheese mixture and cherry pie filling. Lots of toppings = lots of love.
Prepare the streusel, then sprankle that all over the pudding. OHMYGAH.
Bake the pudding until it’s completely set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (TIP: Place a baking sheet under the skillet in the oven so it catches drips! No one likes a dirty oven.)
While the bread pudding cools slightly, make the cream cheese icing. Then spoon that on top, too. BECAUSE WE CAN, THAT’S WHY.
And then, ohhh myyy...
Perfectly rosy for Valentine's Day dessert!
My serving suggestion: One half of the pan for you, one half for your sweetie.