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Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.




Bread Fruit Pudding

Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 4

3 cups cubed bread (stale, firm, crust trimmed)
1 cup milk (for soaking)
4 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
pinch salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 lemon (zest, fine)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 pear, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half
1/4 cup raisins
butter (as needed)
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped (2 teaspoons dry)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

PUDDING PREPARATION: Soak the bread in milk for 2 minutes until evenly saturated. Blend the eggs, cream, salt, sugar, lemon zest, flour and cornmeal. Add apples, pear, grapes and raisins. Coat a 10 to 12 inch baking pan generously with butter. Add bread mixture to pan, spreading out evenly to the edges. Top with fruit batter mixture, spreading out evenly. Sprinkle with rosemary, sugar and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about one hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

PLATING SUGGESTION: Serve the pudding warm with ice cream. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

VARIATION: Drizzle with caramel sauce Bake in individual baking cups. Use melted vanilla ice cream for vanilla sauce add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the recipe.

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