Kahlua Scented Choc. Chip Bread Pudding w/Bourbon Orange Sauce

10 large eggs
1 quart half and half
1 cup sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee flavored liqueur)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips
8 cups soft bread, cut into cubes (about 8 large soft buns)

Bourbon Sauce
4 T. butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 T. bourbon
juice and zest of 1 orange

In mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, sugar, vanilla, Kahlua, and cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chips and bread cubes. Allow bread to absorb egg mixture for 5 minutes. Pour into a greased 9″x13″ baking pan. Cover loosely with foil. Bake in preheated 375 F oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until puffed and center is set. Cool slightly. Server warm with bourbon sauce on top.

Heat butter in small saucepan. Add confectioner’s sugar, whisking until smooth. Off the heat, add the bourbon and orange juice and zest. Return to heat. Stir and cook on low for 2 more minutes until thickened slightly. Serve warm over bread pudding. Makes about 1 cup.

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