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In May, thousands of grilling enthusiasts gathered in Chicago's Lincoln Park for two days of grilling demonstrations, tastings, and more at the first-ever Better Homes and Gardens and Weber Chill and Grill Festival.
Pastry chef and avid griller Gale Gand dazzled the crowd when she demonstrated how to make bread pudding -- on the grill! Click to the following slides to learn how to make this showstopping dessert at home.
Slice each pear in half, and use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds. Then cut a tiny "V" at the bottom of the pear to remove the blossom and pull out the fibrous string. Use medium-ripe Bosc pears -- their crisp-tender texture and honeylike sweetness pairs well with tart rhubarb.
To prepare the rhubarb, wash the stalks and remove the leaves, which are inedible. Then use a sharp knife to halve and dice the stalks into 1-inch sections. Use four stalks of rhubarb or one 8- to 10-ounce bag of frozen rhubarb.
Once you've combined your pears and rhubarb, slice a vanilla pod down the middle to expose the seeds. Scrape the seeds into the fruit mixture. Using vanilla pods is more expensive than vanilla extract, but the flavor is superior.
At her demonstration, Gale asked younger children to add in premeasured ingredients; take her lead to get your kids interested in cooking.
Bake the fruit mixture in a 400 degrees F oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Once the fruit is finished, it will be tender and sweet with a hint of spice that pairs beautifully with the grilled bread pudding.
The natural juices of the strawberries create a rich syrup when combined with sugar.
Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Gradually whisk in buttermilk and cream. Pour the custard base into a sheet pan or shallow baking dish to allow the slices of bread to soak evenly.
Work in batches, if necessary, when soaking the bread. Gale recommends using a soft white bread, such as a French baguette (pictured here), challah, or brioche.