Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Old Fashioned Southern Bread Pudding

A southern bread pudding using leftover bread and a can of fruit cocktail and finished with a drizzle of whiskey sauce.

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

Ah, old fashioned bread pudding. A dessert born out of economics and the need to use up stale bread, turned into a delectable, delicious plate of total comfort. You cannot consume a slice of this and help but feel like you just got a big ole hug. And I just so happened to have a half a loaf of French bread leftover from this weekend! Lucky me. Oh. My. Goodness. Y'all. This is soooooo good.

Before you scoff at the use of fruit cocktail in this recipe, I challenge you to give it a try first. I got the idea from a recipe shared by Paula Deen for Bill Nicholson's Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. I even made my own version of glazed doughnut bread pudding! You can substitute other kinds of fruit, just be sure to drain it well and then just pulse it up a bit to crush it. I also happen to love this bread pudding with raisins and I prefer mine with golden raisins - some folks just leave them out all together. But... I do always like my bread pudding with a bit of Whiskey Sauce. It's just the perfect finish! Mine uses no eggs, so no worries with the raw egg thing.

This doubles fantastic for a larger pan and what a southern favorite! Can I get a collective yum? Oh, and before you leave, pop over and check out my New Orleans Creole Style Bread Pudding. It's extra rich and decadent and it has meringue y'all! Go look and don't worry - I'll hold your place.


Now, let's go make this bread pudding - here's how!



Recipe: Old Fashioned Southern Bread Pudding

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish©
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 1 hour | Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound loaf of French bread, or about 4 to 5 cups leftover stale biscuits or bread
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of golden raisins, optional
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of fruit cocktail, drained
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • Whiskey Sauce
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the milk and half and half. Tear the bread into small pieces and put into a large container for soaking. Pour the milk mixture all over the top. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Stir.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla until well blended. Pulse the fruit in a food processor or blender to break it up, but don't puree it. Add the raisins and fruit cocktail to the egg mixture, pour over the bread and gently mix. Put the melted butter into the bottom of a 9 x 9 inch baking dish and coat the dish all along the sides and bottom. Spoon the bread pudding mixture into the dish.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, or until bubbly on the sides, golden brown and set in the middle. Let cool for about 5 minutes before cutting into squares. Drizzle each serving with whiskey sauce. Doubles great.

Cook's Notes: Some people scoff at the use of fruit cocktail in my recipe, but I say don't knock it till you've tried it. If you are really against it, use this recipe, omit the fruit cocktail and increase the eggs to 3, the butter to a half stick (1/4 cup), and the milk and half and half to 1-1/2 cups of each. That should do it.

Can substitute a wide variety of leftover breads, rolls, buns, or a combination of them. You’ll need about 4 or 5 cups of rough cut, or cubed bread.

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60 comments:

  1. Now, this is MY KIND OF DESSERT! We order bread pudding each and every time we see it on a menu in order to savor it....but there is just nothing like the good old fashioned southern bread puddin' with whiskey sauce. I'm sure this recipe is outstanding! Thanks, Mary and p.s. I love your new site! Have a lovely day! Roz

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  2. Hi Mary! I have never made this before, but I'd like to! It certainly LOOKS good! Thank you for stopping by my little blog and seeing my GWTW post! That was really fun to put together, and it just COULD have been so much MORE, if I had only had the time! I had to giggle when you recognized the kind of frosting it was! It IS called "7 Minute Icing", but it took 8 minutes of running my electric mixer, because it said to beat one MORE minute after adding vanilla. The very next time I went to use my mixer, it was dead as a doornail! I realize it was old, but I did NOT realize I had beat the poor old thing to death! So sudden, and what a shame.. It was a real trouper, right to the end! (0; Have a good night! ~tina

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  3. I have never had bread pudding but that picture sure makes me wish I had. I just may have to try that--when my husband is gone--I hate to cook sweets now that he is diabetic. Sheila in NC

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  4. This looks heavenly delicious!! I could cozy up to a huge bowl right about now!

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  5. this looks great cool Americans make this to, its a big thing in the UK

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  6. I just made a bread pudding this past spring and fell in love with them! This looks delicious : )

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  7. YUM! This makes me want to try Bread Pudding now!

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  8. Doesn't that look good?! Mmmmm. Have to make it.

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  9. That first picture just knocked me on the floor! Droooooooooooooling over here, it looks amazing! :)

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  10. YUM, though I have never had breading pudding. It looks so good. I so want to visit LA one day and eat all kinds of Souther Good food. People scare me about Burbon street and how dirty it is and I get creeped by that, but I'll get there one day. Maybe soon!! Especially after seeing this picture!

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  12. I'm drooling all over myself just reading this, Mary! Love, love, love bread pudding, except without the raisens (sorry)!

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  13. Bread pudding with whiskey sauce is one of my very, very, very favorite desserts.

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  14. Looks just perfect, this is one of my favorite desserts!

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  15. Oh, so good. Great with rum sauce too. Actually it would probably be good with any kind of sauce!

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  16. Mmm now doesn't that look good!! Thanks for popping over to my site, good luck with my Giveaway! :)

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  17. OMG! I love bread pudding! I'm kind of scared to print the recipe cuz then I'll want to make it all the time! LOL!

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  18. try a pina colada bread pudding...same as yours, but add some white chocolate chips, some crushed pineapple and top with a rum sauce... always a hit

    Great blog, just found you, will be back

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  19. Hi Mary,

    About the hurricane lamp...try this link http://www.lehmans.com/. This compamny is in Ohio, and supports the Amish lifestyle..they have everything..maybe they will have a lamp shade for tha special lamp you mentioned. I could really go for some of the bread puggin this morning...mmm comfort food...
    :)

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  20. Thanks for sharing this.. Grandma used to make this all the time.. Im going to make it for my brothers and sister this Thanksgiving :)
    Sandy

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  21. Hi Mary...just wanted to say I am so happy to stumble upon your Blog! I am a New Orleans Girl born and raised. So look forward to making some of your yummy recipes!

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  22. Welcome! I'll bet you could teach me a thing or two in truth!!

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  23. I have never made bread pudding. I searched cookbooks and on-line to find a recipe i felt comfortable using. This was Fabu!!! Yummy!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I followed it down to the tee what you suggested. Brilliant. -M

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  24. Hi M! So glad that you enjoyed the recipe & hope that you come back to visit now to try a few more things!

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  25. I love chocolate syrup pourded over my bread pudding.

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  26. I want to try this recipe, but my family and I only eat wheat bread. So I was wondering if i can use wheat bread to make this recipe?

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  27. I would love to try this recipe, but my family and I only eat wheat bread. does it make a difference if you use wheat instead of white?

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  28. Hi Helen! French bread is traditional but any bread will work. It's not quite the same, but still delish. Enjoy!

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  29. I absolutely love bread pudding. I plan on trying your recipe. When I make it I substitute vanilla and instead use the same amount of maple flavoring then 1 cup of raisins into it some cinnamon approx 1 tsp . Usually we just put cool whip or whipped cream over the top when it has cooled. With the maple flavoring it really does taste like a cinamon roll

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  30. I have to try your recipe. I love bread pudding and making it often. My recipe is much like yours except I substitute maple flavoring for the vanilla, add some cinnamon. I like it cold and then either use whipped cream or simple cool whip on it, Tastes very much like a cinnamon roll...

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  31. Hello Mary Thanks for sharing this looks and sounds soooo good! I tried a bread pudding recipe that I got from somewhere I can't remember and it was so dry and tasteless.. this one sounds great and pooh pooh to the ones that don't like the idea of fruit cocktail ..like you said try it first! lol That's what I'm going to do and I know it will be good! Have to try the whiskey sauce too !!! I used a vanilla or Banana cooked pudding over top hot but on my other recipe was all too bland like I said.. i know yours won't be.. I'm clicking you on follow! thanks for sharing again.. Dena Western Canada .. and I've been to New Orleans!!! Love it our dtr from Vancouver BC got married there in 2007 now I'm going to look at your begneits recipe!! Can't wait!

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  32. Sounds really good. I am going to try this.

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  33. Overall the recipe looks really good. I think it unique to add fruit cocotail and really my only flinch with that is the grapes in the mixture. They were my least favorite fruit in the can. Instead of picking them out, I would just use a can of peaches. My favorite cocktail fruit.

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    1. It would be a more identifiable peach flavor I'd think, sort of like peach cobbler, but it certainly would work! The fruit cocktail is a bit more neutral, and you could certainly pluck out those grapes too. I don't generally find all that many in the mix. Hope that you enjoy the bread pudding & please let us know how the peach substitution works out!

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  34. All I can say is OMG.....As I was searching your blog looking for something delish to make for dinner my meat and potatoes guy was sitting here and as I came across your bread pudding recipe, and after 15 years together I was in total shock as he told me that he absolutely loved the stuff (other than an occasional bowl of ice cream he never eats sweets). I myself had never tried bread pudding before and I am so lucky that it was yours that I tried for the first time!!! Needless to say he has ask that I make another dish of it. I used the whiskey sauce on the first one and will use again...I love to cook and I just want to say thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

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    1. You're so welcome Kathy! I'm glad he enjoyed it & thanks so much for taking the time to come back and let me know!

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  35. You are soooo intent on making me puffier than I am already, aren't you? LOL In the last few days, you have posted several delicious (I've tried) and tempting (planning to try) recipes! I have pinned them as well!

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    1. Puffy people are nicer anyway, right? :) J/K... thanks so much for the pins - I appreciate it!

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  36. i really just like a little vanilla sauce with mine.

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  37. I made this a couple of days ago. I added a dash of allspice and cinnamon. I used milk and evaporated milk.The texture was excellent. I cooked it a little longer because I used an 8x8pan instead of 9. It was so easy and absolutely delicious and moist. Perfect recipe.

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  38. Holy Moly Mary this is the absolute best bread pudding ever! Who would have thought that adding crushed fruit would put this recipe in moistness heaven! No one ever knew there was fruit in it, and one naysayer swore she hates fruit anywhere, as she was eating her 3rd, yes I said 3rd portion!! Ha!
    So far I have made over 30 of your recipes , and can say honestly I have not tweaked even one. They are just that good !Thank you for sharing all this deliciousness!!!

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  39. Awwww!! Thank you so much - can I just say you absolutely made my day. My week!! Folks often want to turn their noses up at the thought of adding the fruit cocktail, but it really makes the bread pudding in my opinion. I think that's hilarious about your friend!! Did you ever tell her or that our little secret?? :)

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  40. My granny used to make chocolate bread puddin out of her leftover homemade buttermilk biscuits that she rolled out with her hands. It was always so good but no one in our family remembers how she made it or can find the recipe. She has past on now and I guess it has gone with her .

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    1. There are quite a few ways to make that kind of bread pudding - have you tried any of them yet?

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  41. I made this dish exactly as the recipe stated, and it was delicious!!! Will try it with the Whiskey sauce next time, and the Fruit cocktail takes center stage in this dish. Great recipe!

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  42. This must be a stupid question because no one else has asked it, but I'm going to ask because I really want to make this bread pudding.

    You say to pulse the fruit. I don't see fruit in the ingredients. I thought you meant the fruit in the fruit cocktail, but you later say to add the fruit cocktail. Is it the fruit in the fruit cocktail you're referring to or did I miss something.

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    1. Hi Mary! Never any stupid questions around here. The references to fruit and fruit cocktail are one and the same. Fruit cocktail typically contains peaches, pears, grapes, pineapple, and cherries, so when I say pulse the fruit that's what I am referring to - the drained fruit from the fruit cocktail.

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  43. Mary, I was shown how to make this when I was a little girl. We used stale bread, left over breakfast oatmeal, any stale sweet buns, cake...etc. Then we added vanilla extract or coconut extract, a can of crushed pineapple, milk or cream or custard...we didn't measure it just looked and adjusted it to what looked right. we added two or more beaten eggs depending on how much we had in the bowl. I bake mine in a shallow glass dish and cut into squares. My boys and husband love it. I store the container in the fridge because it's so moist. My mum said it was ...Good old poor peoples food. Her father died at the beginning of the Depression and her mother had five children to feed. She was a beautiful dressmaker and quilter. She made a tight living for them doing that.

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    1. Women in those days were very creative & resilient. Even my own Mama made do with much less to care for a family of 5. It still amazes me!

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