2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups cubed brioche or challah bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup crushed peanuts
Powdered sugar, for garnish
Heat oven to 350°F. Butter four 4-ounce ramekins.
In bowl, mix 1/3 cup peanut butter, eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Toss bread cubes in mixture until thoroughly coated. Divide evenly among prepared dishes. Bake until custard is set in middle and tops are golden, 35-40 minutes. If tops of bread brown too quickly, cover ramekins loosely with aluminum foil.
In small saucepan over low heat, combine remaining peanut butter and maple syrup until thoroughly warmed.
To serve, drizzle ramekins with maple-peanut sauce and garnish with chopped peanuts and powdered sugar.
Makes four servings.