Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding


When I was pastoring at a church in Arizona, someone always brought several dozen doughnuts from the local bakery to serve with coffee during a fellowship hour. If some were left over, I took them home and let them get stale for a couple days.

Then I would break them up into bits of about an inch to make this bread pudding – regular doughnuts, cake doughnuts, jelly-filled doughnuts, cinnamon twists, and the like. What a delicious and unusual bread pudding!

So I recently got hungry for some old-fashioned bread pudding and dug out my old recipe. This time I used whole wheat bread and dark raisins. The photo above is fresh out of the oven. In the next photo, it is topped with vanilla bean ice cream and dribbled with caramel syrup. Too delicious for words!


Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
1 heaping quart of dry bread – use any kind of bread or leftover pastries [see comments above]
½ cup seedless raisins – or maybe even some dried cranberries or dried blueberries
2 cups milk (I use non-fat, but you don’t have to. Some even add coconut milk.)
2 beaten eggs
½ cup brown sugar (or less if you use sugary pastries)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine bread and raisins (or other dried fruit) in a buttered 1 ½ quart casserole. Add milk to eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Beat with a whisk until well mixed. Pour over bread and dried fruit. Bake at 350 F for about an hour.

You can add almost anything fruity or nutty to this, like flaked coconut or chopped macadamia nuts. I like it warm with ice cream or cold applesauce. Bread pudding is a popular dish here in Hawaii. I guess it’s a comfort food for a lot of people!

A hui hou!

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  1. heatherbell101 – Northern California – About me, I am a Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Auntie, Cousin and friend. I have been a Real Estate Agent for 15 or so years in the Northern Sierra Foothills of California. I enjoy my family first off then gardening, working out, wine tasting, my grandchildren and a beautiful day on the Lake or River with my husband fishing on our North River for a day with the pooch of course..Im a good friend and confidante. Very loyal and honest. I will give the shirt off my back to someone who is in need of it more than I. I'm everyone's friend unless you become toxic in my life or are unkind to others, just telling it how it is! I love to talk about relationships. Every relationship is different. I find the human brain fascinating, it's so complex. So let's talk shall we?
    Heather says:

    I’m going to try your bread pudding tonight. Sound wonderful.
    Do you have a good eggplant recipe, something simple?
    Many thanks,

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