It always makes my heart sad when I buy a fresh loaf of bread at the grocery store and then some of it goes to waste because it doesn’t all get eaten. The bread hasn’t been able to live out its destiny and that is WRONG. However, this bread pudding allows you to feel as though you are enabling the bread to be its best self. 🙂
My boyfriend and I saw this on The Pioneer Woman this weekend and we both looked at each other, thinking…”We have that half a loaf of Italian bread left over from the other day!” Ree Drummond, one of my favorite celebrity chefs and an inspiration, made this on the show. I knew it was my destiny…and the bread’s destiny. Super easy and super yummy…and you feel like you’re not totally having a #firstworldproblem and throwing food out that can be repurposed. I added some extra flavors to mine. This recipe is totally open to variety!!
Cinnamon Sugar Bread Pudding
- 1/2 loaf of leftover bread, preferably dry and hard, cut into 1″ cubes. You can use sourdough, Italian, French, ciabatta…whatever floats that boat of yours…
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 1/2 c. whole milk
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. melted butter, slightly cooled
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- cinnamon sugar for dusting
~ Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9″ pan with cooking spray (either canola, butter flavored, or coconut. Your call).
~ Take your cubed bread and line the bottom of the pan. You don’t want them to be too crowded in there, but you don’t want to leave a lot of space either. Alternate the direction in which you place the pieces because this will lead to a variety of flavors. Don’t be afraid to use the crusty ends, either.
~ In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Make sure that the butter isn’t too hot because you don’t want the eggs to scramble! Whisk this all together until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
~ Pour this decadent mixture over the bread cubes. The cubes will appear to be drowning…but they’re just fine!! If you have time, feel free to let this sit for a bit. It allows the wet mixture to permeate the bread cubes.
~ Bake for 55-75 minutes, depending on how brown you like the top of your bread. I found that it took closer to 75 min for me to get the consistency and color that I liked. To each their own, however.
~ Dust the top with cinnamon sugar. Trader Joe’s makes a great grinder that has them mixed together. I just turned the grinder a few times over the top of this baby.
~ Try not to eat the whole pudding in one sitting!! 🙂
~ It makes for a great Sunday dinner dessert!!! <3 Enjoy!!