Have you ever had an intense craving for some old fashion southern-style dessert? Me too sis. Me too. I am a dessert girl through and through. When I was younger, one of my favorites that I would ask my mom to make included traditional bread pudding (minus the alcoholic ingredients of course). 

Now that I am older, I try to stay relatively healthy from Monday through Friday, so that on the weekends I can indulge without worry of the calorie count. I have an odd habit of trying new dessert recipes, and when I came across this dessert from Taste of the South I knew right away that this would be an instant favorite in my household. 

From the first bite, I was sold. This sweet potato pudding can be described as an almost a dense cake-like texture mixed with the delicious and salty crunch of nuts, the sweet tang of brandy and the fall spice of pumpkin. Honestly, what's more to love? There's nothing greater than diving into a warm, gooey bowl of this dreamy dish after a long day. Sounds like the perfect way to end the night right? 

Follow the directions below, courtesy of Taste of the South Magazine, to make your own batch at home today.

For the ingredients, you will need: 

• 1 tsp Orange, zest

• 1 (15-ounce) can sweet potato purée (refrigerated)

• 6 eggs, large

• 3 tbsp Cane syrup or maple syrup

• 1/2 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed light

• 1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

• 1/2 tsp Salt

• 1/2 cup Pecans

• 1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread, day-old

• 1/4 cup Butter, unsalted

• 1 3/4 cups Whole milk

For your spirits, you will need: 

Beer, Wine & Liquor

• 1/3 cup Brandy

Instructions are as follows: 

  • 1. Generously coat a 2 1⁄2-quart  baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk together your milk, brown sugar, brandy, melted butter, cane or maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, zest, salt, eggs, and sweet potato until combined. 
  • 3. Mix in bread and pecans. 
  • 4. Pour mixture into prepared dish. 
  • 5. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate at the very least a 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • 6. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • 7. Bake for roughly 30 minutes.
  • 8. Uncover, and bake until lightly browned. Then let it set approximately 15 to 20 minutes more. 
  • 9. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Serve with your homemade sauce or if you wish store bought whipped cream. 
  • 10. Top and then getting to eating sis, you've worked hard. You deserve it.  

To check out the full recipe, read more here.

Photo: Taste of the South Magazine

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