Bread pudding & french toast

by Kiran on October 19, 2011 · 34 comments

in Baking, Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts

Confession: I’ve never baked bread pudding before. Ever.

Scratch that.

I’ve never tasted bread pudding before. Ever.

I think the nice people at Bauducco somehow knew this secret. Low and behold, they sent me two pillowy and fluffy panettone specialty cakes. People here do take their bread pudding seriously.

Honestly, these specialty cakes are so delicious. Apart from candied fruits, sun maid raisins and chocolate chip, I want to guess there’s orange peel and all spice in it? Sweet and scrumptious.

So, what did I do to break into these delicious stash? Between hosting a brunch with friends and saving it all for myself with the risk of not fitting into my pants?

I chose the brunch.

A girl gotta eat. We not only shared a delicious meal, but gossiped. Winners all around.

Let me cut to the chase – no doubt, I love baking. But there are moments I break down by going through short-cuts. Well, you are about to lecture me on that subject, aren’t you? But having a huge load off your shoulder from baking up a storm can totally make your day.

Take this panettone bread for instance. Would you imagine me baking this bread from scratch only to spend more time turning it into a delicious french toast or bread pudding?

Hell, no :D

Since we are on the “confessing” subject:

I’m not ashamed to admit this – I’ve been adding pumpkin into everything! It’s so comforting and delicious.

Still having trust issues with me? Try it, I dare you. It’s a life changing experience.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Bauducco Panettone candied fruits and Sun-Maid raisins specialty cake, cubed bite size
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter ramekins and layer panettone slices.
  2. In a bowl, beat eggs and slowly stir in milk.
  3. Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Mix till incorporated.
  4. Pour mixture over panettone slices, pressing the panettone down to keep it submerged. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Dot bread pudding with butter pieces and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted midway into pudding comes out clean and the top is golden.
  6. Serve warm or chilled, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

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Nutella & Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick slices of Bauducco Panettone Hersey’s milk chocolate chip specialty cake
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Butter
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Nutella

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a shallow, flat-bottomed dish.
  2. Place panetonne slices in the dish for a minute, then turn over to soak both sides completely.
  3. Warm skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  4. Add butter to grease the skillet and gently place panettone slices onto heated skillet.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes per side and flip. Spread peanut butter on one side and nutella on the other.
  6. Sandwich both slices while hot on the skillet. Serve immediately, pipping hot.

It didn’t need any drizzle of maple syrup, an extra pat of butter, a spoonful of jam or a spread of cream cheese. But who am I to judge if you compel to drench it all in maple syrup? Go at it!

Excuse me while I polish off this delicious plate of french toast and squeeze in a run thereafter – well, this wouldn’t be my last bite of french toast. Gotta’ run to keep sweets in my life and off the waist ;)

What’s your comfort-food breakfast staple? Anything I should try baking from scratch, soon?

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This post is a part of a Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Bauducco Panettone. I received one 26oz sample of Sun-Maid raisins and one 26 oz sample of Hersey’s chocolate chips Bauducco speciality cakes. In no way I was compensated to give a positive review. Read my disclosure policy for more details on my role as a food blogger.

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1 Kris @ spabettie October 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM

two of my very favorite things, although I’m not a big fan of panettone! ;) I love french toast made with sourdough or Hawaiian bread (yum!) and bread pudding well, made with pretty much anything!

your recipes look great and so do your photos! making me hungry!
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2 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Kristina,
I never tasted panettone before, but it’s definitely tasteful :) Thanks for the compliments honey..

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3 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I’ve made a panettone bread pudding before and you are right it is delicious but I absolutely must try your French Toast recipe, especially since it contains both Nutella and peanut butter!
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4 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Sylvie,
You can never go wrong with peanut butter and nutella combo. Try it and let me know how it tastes :D

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5 Simply Life October 19, 2011 at 8:26 PM

oh my gosh! i would eat this 3 meals a day if I could! It looks absolutely amazing!
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6 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Simply Life,
Aww.. thanks for the compliments :D

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7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 19, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Omg I am drooling…the french toast w/ both PB and nutella

And

The bread pudding! I love bread pudding but never make it. I got that Bauducco bread too. I wish I would have made bread pudding! :)

I love that yours didn’t make an entire sheet pan, too. A few ramekins is all I need :)

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8 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Averie,
I’ve never had bread pudding before. But with this recipe, I made it a lot healthier. Not sure if the texture and taste would resemble the actual bread pudding out there, but it was tasty nonetheless :D

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9 bhupendra October 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Delicious pictures and very friendly printable Directions!! last picture is an inspiration to eat something similar available in office today (may be 2-3 garlic breads or a muffin or anything ). picture number two is funny though, looks like the left side shark shaped bread is fighting with d right side little seahorse bread :)..never mind please.
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10 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Bhupendra,
Thanks for the compliments! I guess photos speaks volumes (depends on how you look at it) ;)

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11 marla October 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Everything about this bread pudding is heavenly! Love the pumpkin & that gorgeous bread :) Just pinned this post. Gonna FB too.

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12 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Marla,
Thanks so much for your support my dear friend. Hope to meet you soon :)

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13 Gayatri October 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

It looks so delicious! Can ou post me some please? :)
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14 sukanya October 20, 2011 at 10:14 PM

the baked bread pudding is new to me, but loved every bit of it. looks gorgeous
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15 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Sukanya,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :)

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16 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy October 21, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Ditto…never baked or ate a bread pudding before. But I really love panettone (tasted @ bakery in California) ..I m sure both these will taste divine..
With site up again..have a great weekend girl :)
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17 Eggton October 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Hi! Thank you so much for this- wow does it look good. I just made an awesome savory pumpkin pizza with gruyere and walnuts, and it was delicious.

If you’re interested, it’s here! http://eggton.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/space-camp-1992-and-savory-pumpkin-pizza/

Thanks again!

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18 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Eggton,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :) That pizza you made sounds delish..

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19 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM

You’re not the only one! I’ve never baked bread pudding and never actually tasted it before… (but I used pumpkin before, but not in a way Americans use though…like using it as puree). Anyway, this does looks delicious!! I guess I have to give it a try one day. I love your photography Kinran!
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20 Kiran October 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Nami,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments! My photography is so amateur in comparison to yours :D

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21 Von October 22, 2011 at 8:25 AM

It’s so true- I probably would never want to make bread pudding with homemade bread after all the effort put in!!I don’t think I’ve had ‘proper’ bread pudding before either- I’ve had a version at a buffet, but all their desserts tasted nothing like what they were supposed to (as in, it tasted much worse…haha) Your version looks delicious! I love the sound of adding pumpkin into different foods, even if I’m not the biggest fan of pumkin :)
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22 Kiran October 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Von,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comments :)

I am not a huge fan of pumpkin either at one point of my life. But now, I am unstoppable! :D

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23 Harsha October 25, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Oh! Pudding and pumpkin aren’t my favorites. But yes, double cheers to the french toast and of course to your photography. :)
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24 Kiran October 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Harsha,
Me too. I love puddings that aren’t too “soggy”, so this was perfect. Thanks for the props on photography – you are my number one fan :D

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25 Keerthana @ lifenspice October 25, 2011 at 3:21 AM

OMG! French toast with panettone bread sounds so tempting! I got to try it. I keep getting these bread. I haven’t ventured into anything beyond, eating it with some marmalade and butter:)

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26 Kiran October 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Keerthana,
Happy Diwali dear! I can understand how tasty it would be eating panettone with just a smear of marmalade and butter. It’s chock-full of flavors :)

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27 Heavenly Housewife October 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

What a decadently delicious desert. My hubs would go mad for this!
*kisses* HH

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28 Kiran October 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM

HH,
Don’t go mad, just try this delicious dessert and let me know how it tastes! *kisses & hugs* ;)

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29 Lemon October 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

This looks absolutely delicious, yum.
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30 Kiran October 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Lemon,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting dear :)

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31 Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva December 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Both recipes look delicious! Love the idea of adding pumpkin to the bread pudding, and the nutella French Toast – YUM!
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32 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Christy,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :)

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