‘Not Your Grandmother’s’ Bread Pudding

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++ PLEASE NOTE — Although I used Panettone to make my bread pudding, any type of dense bread can be used.

Panetonni -cortinasitalianfood.comLast night I remembered I had some chocolate chip Panettone (bread) leftover from Christmas. Before you become alarmed, Panettone remains fresh for quite a while, especially when refrigerated.  ++ Photo courtesy of Cortina’s Italian Food.com

Lately I’ve been in the mood for some good, old-fashioned bread pudding and I thought, “Hmm, how about making a totally new version using Panettone, with the addition of cream cheese for extra richness?”  Happily, my idea resulted in a creamy, rich dessert that’s easy to make.  (My ‘taste testers’ gave this recipe a big thumbs up!)

++ Recipe can be easily doubled – use a 1 1/2 quart baking dish or casserole and up baking time to 55 – 60+ minutes.      See tip below for testing if bread pudding is fully cooked.

           Ingredients          Oven at 350F         Makes 10 pieces 

  • 3 cups dense bread – such as Panettone – cut into 2′ squares      ++ cups should be a bit over-full
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 package cream cheese
  • Optional —- IF NOT USING PANETONNE —- 1/8 cup chocolate chips…… a few gratings of orange peel

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Cut bread into thick slices – cut slices into 2′ squares.   ++ You don’t have to be fussy about how you cut up the bread.   Place cubed bread into a greased loaf pan.  (No need to grease loaf pan if you have a coated pan.)

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup condensed milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 pinches nutmeg & 1/4 tsp. vanilla.  Pour over bread squares.

Cut – or pull off – small pieces of cream cheese and drop on top of the bread/milk mixture.  Mix everything together and allow to sit for a few minutes so bread can absorb liquid.   Place loaf pan in large pan or large casserole containing 1′ of hot water.

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Bake at 350F  for 45 minutes – or until a knife inserted 1/2′ into pudding comes out clean.  Bread pudding should be puffed and dry-looking on the top.

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‘Not Your Grandmother’s’ Bread Pudding is delicious eaten warm or cold.  And it’s so rich there’s actually no need for special toppings but it sure is good with fudge sauce!!

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16 thoughts on “‘Not Your Grandmother’s’ Bread Pudding

  1. Thank you!! I had fun ‘inventing’ it and I sure had fun ‘eating it’! My friend who had some of this last night just posted on my Facebook page that it was ‘delectable’!! ; o )

  2. Thanks Karen! – thanks for your sweet comment! I had the idea to add some some cream cheese after I’d started making the bread pudding. I went back & forth about the idea – and now I’m so glad I put it in. The ‘little blobs’ of cream cheese taste like bits of creamy cheese cake… which I had they hoped they would!!

    • Thanks!! You know when you just have a ‘hankering’ for something? Well, for me, it was Bread Pudding.
      One of my sons often makes bread pudding and rice pudding with his children using the cookbook a made for my family with some of their favorite dishes. That makes my heart happy !!

  3. I have some stollen. My friend brought it from Germany. I wonder whether I can use it for this recipe. The bread pudding looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Liz ! I bet Stollen would be delicious – and also Challah, I imagine. (Hope I spelled that right.) I want to make a creamy Bourbon sauce to go along with this recipe…. I gotta ‘get on that’!!

    • Michael – I so glad you’re following me – that’s great!! I have twin sons who were born in Montreal – the ‘first one’ is named Michael (Michel) because it’s my very favorite name !! I’m gonna go check out your creme brulee recipe – I LOVE creme brulee but have never made it.

  5. I don’t know what happened to my comment, cause I’m sure I posted one, but I love your recipe. It’s good enough on its own without the chocolate sauce, I think.

  6. I was so pleased how this bread pudding turned out – and – it was even better as leftovers! And you’re right – it sure doesn’t need ANY type of sauce – it’s delicious on it’s own!

  7. I saw your name on another post and was enticed by the name of your blog. I am GLAD I came! I am a pudding nut and I really really like bread pudding. You were not exaggerating that this is NOT your Grandma’s bread pudding. I am a grandma, so by making this maybe it will become a Grandma’s bread pudding. Anyway this is a keeper. I most anxious to try this out and see the difference between it and the more traditional recipes.

    • Hi Carol – I’m so happy to hear that you’ve begun following my blog ! If you ever get a chance to try out my recipe – be sure to let me know. (In a few minutes I’m going to post ‘Not Your Grandmother’s Banana Bread’ !)

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