One of the first “grown-up” desserts I ever had was bread pudding. I was in the eighth grade and had just toured a Southern plantation. I was immediately hooked! I spent years trying to perfect a Southern bread pudding recipe of my own, but always seemed to fail. But I think I have finally figured it out!
Southern Bread Pudding
We always seem to have leftover bread in our house, whether it be hot dog buns we didn’t use or the heel of a loaf of sandwich bread. I just throw whatever we have into the freezer. When going through the freezer the other night, I realized I had enough bread to make bread pudding. I tore up about eight cups of frozen hot dog buns and threw them into a buttered casserole dish. Tearing up frozen bread is easier than it sounds. I used various dried fruits from Newman’s Own Organics: Cranberries, Berry Blend, and Apples. I had to tear the apples a little so that I had a consistency n size. I covered these with a cup of water and microwaved them for a minute.
You can use any sauce over it: condensed milk and whiskey, butter and rum, etc. I just melted a little butter with some sucanat and used that. It wasn’t a pretty sauce–but my husband declared that the bread pudding was perfect. I thought it was pretty tasty myself; the Newman’s Own Organic fruit gave it the perfect combination of tart and sweet. If I had to make it with just one of the fruit, it would be the Berry Blend. I loved snacking on all the different fruits, including blueberries and cherries. This batch of bread pudding did not last long and neither did the rest of the fruit!
Disclosure: Newman’s Own Organics products were received in order to facilitate this review and giveaway, but all opinions are 100% my own.