Soak the bread in eggnog in a large mixing bowl. Press with hands until well mixed and all the milk is absorbed. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and spices together. Gently stir into the bread mixture. Gently stir the hazelnuts into the mixture.
Pour butter into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour in the bread mix and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. (You can also use individual ramekins.)
Chili and Sea Salt Caramel Sauce Ingredients
2 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon fleur de sel (or any other flaky sea salt)
Chili and Sea Salt Caramel Sauce Directions
Add sugar to a heavy bottom pot. Whisk sugar and cook at medium heat until the sugar melts and reaches 350 degrees.
Add butter and cook until completely melted.
Add the chili powder and cream and whisk until the sauce is completely cooked through.
Pull caramel off burner and add sea salt. Cool to room temperature and then store in fridge until using. Warm before serving.
Pour caramel sauce over cooked bread pudding.
Cognac-Flamed Winter Fruit Ingredients
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar (add more if fruit is not coated in sugar)
1/4 lemon, juiced
pinch of salt
3 shots cognac
Cognac-Flamed Winter Fruit Directions
Place fruit and sugar in heavy bottom saucepan and heat to medium. Once sugar has melted, then add the lemon juice and salt.