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December 19, 2018

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

For our family Christmas Eve celebration, my Mom would make a croissant bread pudding (Ina’s of course) and sour cream coffee cake for dessert along with a store-bought bouche noel (because she knew my brother Ryan liked it so much).  Come dessert time, my Dad was always on coffee duty, my husband passed out on the floor in a food coma and Cooper in the other room, eyeing all of the presents under the tree, chomping at the bit to open one. We would always be so stuffed from appetizers (sorry!) and dinner when she served the bread pudding. My Dad would do his classic, “You gotta try this!” cheer to get us all to join in, while we all cried “MERCY!”

That didn’t stop me from taking a slice of her coffee cake…

Her bread pudding came back to greet us for Christmas breakfast the next morning paired with her oven baked bacon.  If I close my eyes, I can see her crossword puzzle on the kitchen counter, the sound of the kitchen fan buzzing as I watch her SLOOOOWLY flip bacon over in the baking sheet. She would do it at such a slow pace that it would take all of my willpower to NOT step in and take over for her. We would sit down around the table, she’d sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and eat together in our pajamas while she stood in the kitchen in her Christmas day/I’m not a morning person haze.  I am so grateful I had so many years of this exact routine.

I’ve been on a cinnamon raisin toast kick for the past few months. Problem with this new food obsession is that I am the only one who eats it in my house. I had a whole loaf in the fridge and was thinking about my Mom and her bread pudding so I put this little Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding together and made it for a special weeknight dessert. It’s a great way to use up leftover bread. It’s a great dessert or breakfast for that matter! Scoop with vanilla ice cream for dessert, dust with a little bit of powdered sugar for breakfast. Always serve warm!

In the process, I found out that Cooper is a fan of bread pudding, so that is incredibly exciting for us!  Maybe I can start a new tradition with it in my own home?

Ingredients are gathered. They’re simple.

Chop therapy!

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

You can cube the bread or tear it apart. I like cubes.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Eggs are whisked.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Bread is put in a buttered baking dish.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Bread awaits the custard.Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

We melt the butter in milk with sugar. We set aside to cool.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

We slowly incorporate the warm milk into the eggs with cinnamon.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

We soak the bread in the custard.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

It will sop it up!

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

We sprinkle sugar on top before baking! It makes it nice and crispy sweet.

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

BEHOLD!

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Serve it warm!

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Slice it up!

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Let it melt!

Got some leftover cinnamon raisin bread? Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. Get the simple recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Christmas padding. I mean PUDDING.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

serves 6-8

  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 8-9 slices cinnamon raisin bread, cubed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter a 9×13 pan and set aside.

Heat the oven to 350°F. Over low heat in a small saucepan, warm the milk, butter,  1/3 cup of the sugar and the salt, just until the butter melts. Set aside to cool. Beat the eggs and cinnamon in a bowl and slowly add them to the cooled milk mixture making sure to whisk thoroughly.

Put the cubed bread in the baking dish and pour the custard on top. Let it sit for 5 minutes, occasionally submerging any pieces of bread that rise to the top. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until a thin-bladed knife inserted in the center comes out clean; the center should be just a little wobbly.  Serve warm or cold.  Bread pudding keeps well for 2 days or more, covered and refrigerated.

 

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  • Pat

    I was wondering where that good-looking cinnamon bread came from. From a local bakery, or might it be from Trader Joe’s? Also could you do a Trader Joe’s Christmas
    stuff post sometime if you’re not overwhelmed with Christmas at this point? Love your photos! Love your blog! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Rozanne

    Love to hear you reminisce about your mom! We celebrated the Feast of the seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, I can still see her standing by the stove, hand on her hip, frying fishALL day! Now I catch myself standing at the stove with my hand on my hip, just like she did. It’s those little things that keep us connected to our loved ones.
    Bread pudding sounds amazing, going to try it after the holiday!
    Merry Christmas Tracey!

  • Jean

    What a beautifully told recollection of of Christmases past. I think your Mom definitely has a hand stirring up this new tradition , especially with Cooper now a fan of bread pudding. Thanks for sharing the Joy!

  • Amanda

    This looks so good. I was hoping to Pin it but I don’t see the link anywhere?

  • Pamela

    Yum! Have you tried it with panettone bread? It’s so good.

  • Trisha

    Just made a version of this with banana bread, oats, and sliced bananas. It is so delicious and the dusting of sugar on the top creates a great, crunchy crust!

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