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Jan 03

#FoodFriday – Bread Pudding

For Christmas this year, my husband and I agreed that we wouldn’t spend money on each other for gifts.   We spent the majority of our funds on our little 2 year old, making sure she had a memorable holiday.  I remember my husband specifically saying to me that if something was going to cost money, I couldn’t give it to him.  So I had to take a good amount of time trying to figure out what I could give him with out spending any money.  

And this is what I came up with.  He loves bread pudding, so why not make him his favorite dessert as a Christmas gift?  

I already had all the ingredients in my pantry, with the exception of the bread, so there was no reason I couldn’t wrap this up for his Christmas treat.

I will admit that this was my first attempt at making bread pudding.  Our pastry chef at the restaurant used to make it all the time with the leftover dinner bread, so I figured it couldn’t be too labor intensive.  And I was right.  This is a very easy dish to prepare.  

I don’t consider myself a lover of sweet treats, so I tend to steer clear of baked goods and desserts.  But since it was a special occasion, and I had lots of love invested in my preparations, I decided I had to treat myself to this soggy deliciousness.  Served with a scoop of ice cream, it was absolutely fantastic.  Two thumbs up from my clan.  

I took the time to search through online recipes to see what type of bread would provide the best foundation for my recipe.  It would appear that challah bread makes a pretty good batch, so that’s what I used.  

Challah, also called egg bread, is very similar to brioche.  It is slightly sweet, and is enriched with both eggs and fat.  Oil is used with challah bread in place of butter and more eggs are used than with brioche. 

This is a very easy recipe which results in a spectacular little treat.  

So of course, I had to share it with you.  

bread_pudding_recipeFirst off, I started by slicing up the bread.  You can use any type of bread you’d like, but obviously, I preferred to test out the challah bread first.  I’ve made this twice now, and both times the portion of bread has worked beautifully.  I just cut off three quarters of the loaf and slice it into 1/2 inch slices.  sliced_bread

Then I pull each slice apart, into 1 inch pieces, and place into a baking dish.  

 

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Next, melt the butter, and then drizzle it on top of the 1 inch pieces of bread in the baking dish.  Then, mix the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, and pour over the bread.  Using a fork, press the bread downward until it doesn’t bounce back up.  It should absorb most of the liquid mixture.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Serve with a snoop of ice cream or drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce.   Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Haley is a wife, SAHM, runner and yoga enthusiast. She spends her time juggling the duties of housework and motherhood, while training for her various endurance style events. 

Haley is a wife, SAHM, runner and yoga enthusiast. She spends her time juggling the duties of housework and motherhood, while training for her various endurance style events.

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  1. Run DMT

    Oh yum! I love bread pudding and the challah bread is a nice touch.

  2. Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.

    That’s a really thoughtful gift. I love that you figured something out like that!”

    PS. Thanks for the tip on the contact form. I added one yesterday. :)

    1. Haley

      Good stuff!!! Glad to help.

  3. Jenny

    Such a thoughtful idea! I love it! We didn’t exchange gifts this year either since earlier in December we both got new Surface tablets. I wish I would have thought to make him something special. I love it!!

    1. Haley

      Yeah. What do they say? The way to a man’s heart is thru his stomach??

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