Saturday, December 27, 2014

Marmalade Bread Pudding

Hello, everybody! I think we've done bread pudding here before but this is a fun twist on an old favorite. Warning- this is not diet food! This is something you make when you have twenty people coming and want a back up dessert. This is not the dish you make when you're going to be home alone all weekend. (Not that I've ever been home alone... in 16 years, but just in case! I'm reminding myself!)
So, our ingredients for the bread pudding:
one loaf of brioche (I was too lazy to make my own so I grabbed some sweet bread from the store)
5 eggs
2 cups milk
1 stick butter
1 cup good marmalade
Seasonings:
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Slice the bread thickly and lay in the dish.
Slice the butter and lay it on the bread. At this point I was thinking, "This can NOT be good for anybody." But I think that's the point, really.
Set oven at 350F.
Layer the bread, slightly overlapping, butter slices on top.
Mix milk, eggs, seasonings, and vanilla in a bowl.
Pour over the bread slices. Chill in the fridge for four hours, so the bread soaks up most of the liquid. And now at THIS point I was thinking, "This will never be edible." It looks like twenty bucks of fine ingredients wasted, honestly.
Bake the pudding for 40 minutes until everything is turning brown. Your house will smell delicious, btw. Now, spread on the marmalade and put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
Let it cool for five minutes and meanwhile, whip some cream to put on top.
The final product.... was AMAZING. I shared a slice with one of my older kids and it was truly the best way I've consumed worthless calories in a long time. A really incredible combo of spices, warm pudding, fresh cream, and unmistakable marmalade. Those are just not flavors you can fake.
We had guests over that night and the verdict was unanimous: a winning recipe! I think this will be a new yearly Christmas/ New Year tradition for our entertaining schedule. It was easy, unique, and great "holiday" flavors!

  I hope you all are having a wonderful end of the year! Until next time!

17 comments:

  1. Yes, this is a dish to make when you're having company! It looks fabulous, and so easy. Slice and bake :)

    I wonder if you could do different flavors? If you don't have marmalade, could you substitute peach jam? Or apricot? Hmmm, it might be worth experimenting.

    Thanks for the recipe, Virginia!

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    1. I think all bread pudding is essentially the same, Jan. You can do whatever you like and experiment. And make sure you post it!

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    1. I'm so glad it's all gone and now all I have is the picture. I DON'T REGRET IT ONE BIT. But I'm still glad it's gone, hahaha.

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  3. I think you could do a cinnamon, brown sugar and raisin version too.

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    1. That's the version we usually received from our neighbor/grandma-type. She was from the depression era and any stale bread got the milk/ cinnamon/ brown sugar/ raisin treatment. We got that about once a week and there was no complaining! But I liked this combination of flavors for Christmas. Definitely festive!

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  4. WHOA! that is some serious use of butter! since I'm alone pretty much always I better stay away from this stuff!
    Susanna

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    1. You need to convince one of your friends to make it and have a party. Then everybody can share a slice. :)

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    2. yep once my place is clean and organized I'll have to host a get-together (would try it for quilt group but don't think I could keep it hot) - you know they need to make baking crockpots..where you take the baking dish out of the oven and put in a warmer you can plug in like a crockpot. I think they would love this stuff!
      Susanna

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    3. Oooo, good idea! I hardly ever take food anywhere, but when I do, it has to be something that can come lukewarm or cold. Just no way to warm up a big dish like this and then carry it in the car. I suppose someone could hold it on their lap, but that sounds dangerous.

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  5. Wow, this takes bread pudding up a notch. I'm late to the bread pudding bandwagon. The kind I've made is from buttered toast and is more of a breakfast kind of dish. At least that's what my friend told me. Her family makes it for brunch. And I'm hosting a brunch tomorrow but have too many wheat sensitive people coming or I'd give this a try. I like Tina's cinnamon, brown sugar, raisin idea too. Yum.

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    1. That's the kind I've had before and while I'm not a real marmalade fan, this really tasted like CHRISTMAS to me. :)

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  6. Oh, WOW! This looks amazing!! And simple to make. I can't wait to try it! But you're right about doing it when people will be around to help eat it. :)

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    1. It's all just a delicious memory now, but what a wonderful memory it is! (Might also be the whipped topping. I forgot how much better that is that the stuff in the can that my kids like.) Quite heavenly.

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  7. Looks like a good new years eve recipe!

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    1. Yes, definitely! We always have sub sandwiches for our traditional meal. Although I grew up with oyster stew for New Year's Day, not of my kids will eat that!

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  8. I never got over here this weekend! Too many Blodgett children underfoot, and so fun!

    I love bread pudding recipes, MaryVirGinny. I love them to death. Chocolate, vanilla, maple, apple.... and now I get to try this! I'm grinning with my big teeth, just thinking about it!!!!!

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