Growing up in the South has it’s advantages. Bread Pudding is one of them.
Most all of our holiday gatherings consist of the men falling asleep in recliners and the women putting the leftover bread to good use by making a batch of bread pudding.
I know your men don’t fall asleep in the recliners after the meal but bear with me, mmmkay?
Somewhere between the smell of vanilla and cinnamon lingering in the air and the oven’s timer going off the men suddenly come to. This is typically when they line up, bowl in hand and wiping sleep from their eyes, hoping for a big, warm serving of bread pudding.
What can I say? It’s a foolproof way to get them off of the recliners and sugared up enough to help us clean.
Southern women are smart, not lazy.
Here is our recipe with two different toppings. The COOL WHIP topping is one we use during warmer months since it is well, cooler! The Cajun Sauce we using during cold months because it will definitely warm you up! Enjoy!
Recipe for Cajun Bread Pudding
- 5-1/2 cups of French bread cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon milk, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Extras like chocolate chips, pecans, or raisins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups of milk until warm. Be careful not to scorch it. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine remaining milk, eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla.
Slowly add the warmed milk while stirring constantly. You don’t want scrambled eggs so temper it well.
Add bread cubes. Toss. Soak for about 10 minutes.
Add cinnamon, and extras if desired.
Pour into a small square baking dish.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Cut warm pudding into squares and add your favorite topping.
COOL WHIP Topping
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup or COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
Mix brown sugar and COOL WHIP until well incorporated. It will thicken as it blends.
Cajun Sauce Topping
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
Beat the butter and sugar until well whipped. Slowly beat in the brand and almond extract.
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