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Recipe for Holiday Bread Pudding

Updated on September 16, 2012
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Stephanie Bradberry is an educator herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She loves being a freelance writer and whipping up recipes.

Bread pudding
Bread pudding | Source

Odds are you bought more of a certain ingredient than others. But after the dust settled and all the food was packed away (pun intended), something was bound to be left over. Actual leftovers from sides made and the ingredients used to make them can leave you wondering what to do. In my house, I still had the dregs from making the cranberry sauce and fruits left from the aromatics used to flavor the turkey and stuffing. In addition, there were many rolls left untouched. This year I decided to buy packs of Brioche Knots from Trader Joe’s. These rolls ended up being the basis for the bread pudding recipe that follows. This is not only a holiday friendly recipe but also a pantry friendly one.

Inactive Prep Time
Active Prep Time
Cook Time
Overnight
7-10 minutes
50-55 minutes

What Are Aromatics?

As defined by the Free Online Dictionary, aromatics are anything "Having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-smelling."

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dry bread
  • 1 (1.5 oz) pack of raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ TBS vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Juice of ½ the orange
  • 2 TBS cranberry sauce or dregs from making sauce
  • ½ apple diced
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 TBS butter

Dregs from putting cranberry sauce through strainer
Dregs from putting cranberry sauce through strainer | Source

Directions:

  1. Dry out bread overnight
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Grease a 9x13 pan
  4. Take dry bread and rip bread into pieces
  5. Toss raisins with bread in a bowl
  6. In separate bowl, beat eggs
  7. Add milk, sugar, extract, zest, juice, cranberry, apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  8. Place bread mix in greased pan
  9. Pour wet mix over bread mix
  10. Dot the top of the mix with butter
  11. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Notes:

The above recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens’ New Cook Book 75th Anniversary Edition. The original recipe was low fat and did not call for any butter, orange, nutmeg, apple or, of course, cranberry sauce.

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    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks suziecat7.

      This year I was not able to make it right after Thanksgiving. The problem was there were not many leftovers. What a shame.

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      suziecat7 

      5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Sounds delicious and I must try it. Thanks.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      pstraubie48, I'm glad this recipe inspired you to take up making bread pudding again. I think everyone will appreciate your baking for the holidays.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      StephanieBCrosby: thanks for sharing this. I am a huge fan of bread pudding...I had a lovely recipe; I misplaced it and it was soooo good I never made another. This however tempts me greatly. I believe I will take this to our annual Christmas eve party...everyone will be in for a treat.

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      You are truly a great one , so that's the magic of it all .

      Thanks for making sure I do not forget the butter , I would be sure to see what Mom thinks. That thing look good in the pic.oh boy!

      Bless.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Sky9106, never ever forget the butter! Life is busy, but that's life.

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Why am I laughing my head off right now , ok , I know I would get to it because I Love bread pudding but never made that one , but I will , see how it pays to have big sisters. Mom is far away and at 91 she will if I was around. But I will remember to incorporate that in my daily conversations tomorrow , think she will love it . Oh , Iforgot the butter- (*_*)P

      Keep smiling

      Bless.

      Thanks for your time , your portfolio makes you real busy.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Sky9106, I wish I was taking orders because it would mean I could make a business out of all of my hobbies. If all else fails, add more butter, milk and an egg. Everything is better with butter!

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Hi there, I am surely hoping I can put an order in , things just ain't look too promising on my side .

      Blessings.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      missolive, I'm glad you made it back to comment. But you dare have me give up one of my super-best recipes? (joking). I'll think about it. Right now I don't have a picture of one because I make it so rarely. But it is around the holiday season that I bust out this cake. When I do, everyone fights over it, and then I end up having to make at least two cakes and then divide them up so my family, my mom, and my sister's family--at minimum--are happy. To quote my dad, "I put my foot in it." the cake is that good.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I had read this one before, but failed to comment. I'm glad I came across it again. I'm going to bookmark it and possibly use it after Christmas. Great hub and easy to read directions -

      Hey, I hear you make an apple ricotta cake??? Recipe??? :)

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Sky9106, you are right that we have to keep trying new things to gain experience, even through food.

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      I am already robbing this bread pudding. He he, I had to laugh, and I can't stop , hard to understand.

      But thanks.

      Bread pudding , and I am a West Indian that loves Bread Pudding, but I have to be careful , because of one , yes only one past experience, trying a totally difference style, from a different place.

      But life is filled with surprises.

      That's how you acquire the experience . Familiar face.

      Thanks for sharing .

      Bless.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      rjsadowski, no leftovers, no problem! Remember, this recipe is pantry friendly too. So, if you have some fruit (fresh, frozen or dried) laying around, or a lot of extra spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, you can still make one now.

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      rjsadowski 

      6 years ago

      We ate by my niece's house this Thanksgiving so we don't have any leftovers, but I will keep this in mind for next year.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      instantlyfamily, it tastes good too. But we do eat with our eyes first. So, it's good that it looks good.

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      Mikelikesu1954 

      6 years ago from SC

      Hope you can it it.

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      instantlyfamily 

      6 years ago

      It sure looks delicious!

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