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Simply Delicious Bread Pudding

Updated on November 10, 2013
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Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and southern.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves approximately 8 people (generous portions)
Simply Delicious Bread Pudding
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Kitchen Therapy - Love in Every Dish

Cooking has always been therapeutic for me, especially when a kitchen experiment turns out even better than I had hoped. You see, I'm a rebel (even in the kitchen) and a printed recipe is little more than a guide used to create something better. Creativity and fearlessness is the stuff real cooks are made of.

I learned to experiment in the kitchen from a master cook. She wasn't a trained chef and our meals were, well, let's just say they were - meals on a budget. Some cooks are just gifted with the ability to turn nothing into something delicious and that was how it was at our house growing up. My mother loved a good recipe but she always put her own twist on it. It's what made her dishes special. We called it a "touch of Mom" and she put it in every dish. Looking back, we should have just called it "love".

Comfort Food

I have to be honest. I love comfort food and I have a recipe file full of favorites for those days when the world starts spinning a bit too fast. There are recipes for casseroles, soups, hot and spicy chili and yes, those sweet treats that add pounds to the waistline. But sometimes even those recipes that have proven themselves time and time again need a change. This one for bread pudding is my latest experiment and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I took my conventional recipe, added a dash of this and a dash of that. Then, I added a secret ingredient that just took this old family recipe to the top of my list for decadent, sweet and spicy therapeutic foods.

If you're having a bad day, it takes 15 minutes to whip this one up and the result is well worth the 45 minute cook time wait. Enjoy!

It's time for a SIMPLY DELICIOUS BREAD PUDDING!

Preheat oven to 350 ° and gather the following ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 cups french bread, (torn or chopped into 1 inch cubes)
  • 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon nutmeg, freshly grated (whole)
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour 2 1/2 cups of milk over bread cubes and let soak for about 5 minutes. Add more milk if bread crumbs are not thoroughly soaked.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, beaten eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and coconut.
  4. Pour liquid mixture over the bread cubes and mix gently until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a 9 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle the top lightly with sugar (2-3 tablespoons) and dot with butter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until pudding appears set and lightly browned.
  7. Serve while warm.

Variations

Have fun with this simple recipe for a decadent dessert. Let your imagination run wild. The coconut and cinnamon were my additions to the traditional recipe. I'll never make another bread pudding without them. Well, I might.


My taste buds are already telling me that this would be delicious with almond flavoring or, perhaps using blueberries instead of raisins and a hint of lemon zest or flavoring. There are no limits if you aren't afraid of failure. Go ahead -be bold and don't forget to come back and share your success in the comment section below.

Notes

  • Some will tell you that bread pudding is no good the second time around. Don't believe them. This one can be easily refrigerated and reheated (covered) in a WARM oven. A single serving can be warmed in a glass dish in the microwave in less than a minute.
  • If you're really feeling frazzled, add a dollop of vanilla bean ice-cream to this delicious comfort dish. No one's looking.
  • Quality organic ingredients add a depth of flavor that are impossible to duplicate with more popular commercial products. Support your local organic food stores or shop for products via the Amazon listings shown here. You're worth it!


© 2013 Linda Crist

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Yum I love bread pudding. I walked right by the french bread today. Something told me to grab a loaf but I wouldn't listen. Well I won't pass it next time and it is weather now to start trying delicious treats like yours. Thanks so much!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jackie, I appreciate your visit. I was feeling so "yucky" yesterday and kept thinking about what would be a guilty pleasure. I sure don't need the calories but when this came out of the oven, I felt like a lottery winner. I warmed a second helping at lunchtime today and it was just as good, if not a little better. Simple, sweet, and warm. Just my style. LOL

    Let me know what you do with it when you have the ingredients to throw one together. :-)

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    Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Oh Linda,

    I love the variation ingredients you have suggested and really look forward to trying this soon...the blueberries and lemon zest sound heavenly, oh some coconut too!

    I love reading about your Mom as well. Hope you have a good and peaceful weekend. Love, Maria

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Maria. I've neglected my HP friends so badly these last few months as we try to get my folks settled in their new abode. How are you? I think of you daily and miss you. Do try the blueberry/lemon zest combo and let me know how it turns out. I had a final serving of this tonight and I added a little chocolate sauce and wow! I think you could do almost anything to this recipe and it would still taste like comfort food. Thanks for stopping by girlfriend. Hugs.

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Will def let you know!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Hey Kindred!

    I had a customer, a restaurant in Texas, and I had to write quite often about bread pudding since they were widely known for theirs....oddly I have never tasted it. Seems like it would be tasty; eventually I'll find out.

    Sending you hugs and the love of friendship this fine November morn.

    bill

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    This looks delicious, Linda. I like experimenting with recipes, too. Sometimes I don't even use them and just make something up using textures and flavors that sound like they'd complement each other.

    However, with baking, a recipe serves as a guideline, as the measurements are so important. I love the twist you put on this traditional recipe. I like the idea of substituting blueberries for raisins. I bet figs would be a good substitute also. Hmmmm. Now you've sparked the baker in me. It's a rainy day - perfect for baking, don't you think?

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, my kindred, you simply have to try this on one of those rainy, cold days in your area. It's decadent and you would never know it was made from "bread". I made this one after spending a rather emotional day with Mom and Dad. I needed to remember those good old days and this recipe did the trick. It seems that these days I can't even write a recipe without that "emotional" twist. LOL I'm such a mush. Love and hugs to you too! The house goes on the market next week so the end is in site. Watch out, I'm going to be burning the midnight oil catching up on your work. :-)

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, you are a creative genius. I love the idea of figs in this recipe. I can't afford the calories immediately after this one but will try that later in the season. Let me know if you try it first. Hugs to you my special spirit sistah!

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    peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    thanks for sharing your delicious pudding recipe

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Peachpurple, thank you for visiting this one.

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Hi Linda,

    You said it right, love in every dish! Reminds me of my mother because she would always make delicious bread pudding. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe. Will be sure to try it! It is very comforting.

    Up and more and sharing

    Hugs, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sweet Faith, I thought o fyou when I wrote this one. It was one of those days when I needed and wanted to be reminded of my youth, with Mom in the kitchen making one of her favorite comfort foods. How blessed we are to have had mothers who cared and loved so deeply. Sending love your way.

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I still will remember my moms pudding as so special but yours was great I gotta tell you. As I was telling Blossom it is good hot, warm, cold and warmed up which is all the ways I have had it so far!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jackie, I am so glad you enjoyed it. I had enough left overs to last several days and it held its consistency to the very end. I've had them go soggy the second day so I was really happy with this one. Thanks for letting me know you tried it. Oh, I made a chocolate sauce and drizzled it on top for the leftovers and that was a nice addition too. Never have had too much chocolate. lol

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    MizBejabbers 2 years ago

    Linda, I'm so glad I clicked on this recipe of yours. I was about to go hunting on the internet for a bread pudding recipe. I have a left-over loaf of gluten-free bread that I didn't want to discard. It seems like I buy a loaf and eat a couple of slices, then I'm tired of it or maybe it has lost its flavor because it is from a local bakery that doesn't use a bunch of preservatives. The only thing I would add to this pudding is a good whiskey sauce -- or maybe rum sauce, since I have that on hand. (You know, start with two pina coladas, drink one and pour the other in the sauce.) Anyway, cherrios!

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Miz B, the sauce would be yummy.

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Bread pudding is truly comfort cooking at its best. You know, MizBejabbers has the right idea to make a lovely whiskey sauce or rum sauce to drizzle over the top of this dish. I also like to make a fresh lemon sauce for the topping. Your idea of adding coconut really sounds like a great way to change this one up. I usually add cinnamon to mine too! Yum. Sharing this one on my favorite recipes board on Pinterest. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    PegCole12, I agree with you about the rum sauce. Lemon sounds yummy too. That's what I love about bread pudding. So many ways to change it! Thanks for the visit, the ideas, and the share too! I'm so glad you chose to read something fun instead of one of my "assisted living" or "care giver" hubs. That's real progress! lol

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