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What to put in bread pudding besides/instead of raisins - currants? Something else?

Cinnamon Dec 24, 2006 12:38 AM

What's best that doesn't make it taste 'not like bread pudding'?

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    josephin Dec 24, 2006 12:41 AM

    We use finely chopped apples. Pears work, too.

    1. Quine Dec 24, 2006 12:46 AM

      One of the best things about bread pudding is how well it uses your leftovers, pastries, that is!

      Vary what you use for the bread, sweetbread, challah, even leftover muffins. Dried fruit, the bottom of a jar of jam, drizzle some chocolate chips or shavings or even syrup. Chopped nuts, some brown sugar sprinkled in...be creative.. You can even make a PBJ bread pudding!

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        bottomfeeder Dec 24, 2006 12:52 AM

        I second the chocolate. There's a restaurant near me that has a chocolate chip bread pudding that's fabu. Big chunks, not the standard chocolate chip, served warm. And a nice bourbon vanilla sauce or rum imfused whipped cream could really dress it up.

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          MobyRichard Dec 24, 2006 12:57 AM

          morello cherries, chocolate chips, candied ginger, toffee bits, peaches, coconut flakes, lemon/ornage zest

          1. DanaB Dec 24, 2006 01:01 AM

            Dried or fresh cranberries would be good, and seasonal, too.

            Of course, you could always add nuts.

            1. chowser Dec 24, 2006 01:10 AM

              dollops of mascarpone cheese mixed w/ something sweet, like honey or amaretto.

              1. paulj Dec 24, 2006 01:26 AM

                Capirotada is a Mexican bread pudding. Recipes vary, but many include cheese and various fruits (apple, banana, raisins) and nuts. Instead of milk and eggs, it is moistened with a brown sugar (piloncillo) syrup, with cinnamon and cloves. Some versions include chopped tomatoes and onions.



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                  julesrules Dec 25, 2006 08:47 PM

                  Thank you thank you thank you for reminding me of this dish, which I had once and was unlikely to ever find again. But I'm not sure how the cheese will go with the pannetone bits I've been saving for my next bread pudding. Hmmm!

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                  ghbrooklyn Dec 24, 2006 01:35 AM

                  I second crystallized ginger, and add dates. good ricotta is also a good addition. sliced almonds and hazelnuts are also pretty nice.
                  Cooked down apple cider is a good sweetener.

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                    candace Dec 24, 2006 01:37 AM

                    My husband HATES raisins; I love bread pudding. I use dried apricots/figs.

                    1. OCEllen Dec 24, 2006 01:37 AM

                      Dates, dried figs, or even better, some dried cherries!

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                        middydd Dec 24, 2006 01:43 AM

                        I once made an after-Christmas bread pudding with Panettone and EggNog. It was over the top rich but good.

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                          misti Dec 24, 2006 07:46 AM

                          Yay! Those were my thoughts exactly.

                        2. wyf4lyf Dec 24, 2006 03:53 AM

                          I second the dried cherries...and some apples. I love the combo of apples and dried cherries...with a little caramel. :)

                          1. potbelliedkiln Dec 24, 2006 07:43 AM

                            Paula Deen had a recipe for chocolate bread pudding, she did it recently. I saved it in my favorites to make some day soon.

                            Here's the link:


                            1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 24, 2006 08:52 AM

                              Don't forget the outside of the bread pudding. A little fruit sauce, hard sauce or spiked whipped cream on the side or drizzled over the top really 'makes' a bread pudding for me.

                              1. Funwithfood Dec 24, 2006 03:37 PM

                                Dried cranberries (or cherries) and white chocolate chips is nice combo at this time of year. It MUST have a sauce poured over (with liqeuer) to really be good IMO!

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                                  Cinnamon Dec 24, 2006 03:58 PM

                                  Are you sauce fans saying the sauce goes on pre-baking or afterward?

                                  (The bread pudding will be made w/Jack Daniels and I was thinking some hair of the dog sauce like a whiskey caramel.)

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                                  1. re: Cinnamon
                                    misti Dec 24, 2006 05:14 PM

                                    Ror whisky caramel you wouldn't want to caramel to burn, so for something like that probably after.

                                    With jack daniels toffee chips would be really good mixed in with the bread..

                                    1. re: misti
                                      Cinnamon Dec 25, 2006 12:59 AM

                                      Next time, toffee!

                                    2. re: Cinnamon
                                      Funwithfood Dec 25, 2006 03:21 AM


                                    3. Pei Dec 24, 2006 11:02 PM

                                      I was eating some dried persimmons today and thought they'd go well in a bread pudding.

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                                        Cinnamon Dec 25, 2006 01:04 AM

                                        OK, the concoction is in the oven right now. I snuck a taste of the soggy bread with raw egg and whiskey - even as mush it is spectacular. I thought for the first try I would go w/just raisins and I broke up a dark chocolate bar that has a hint of orange to it, and stuck that in there.

                                        Now, I am all out of Jack Daniels. If I were to make some alcohol caramel sauce, would it be way over the top to do one using rum or gran marnier? I wonder about the latter perhaps being interesting - as the bread pudding called for 1 T. of zest (I used meyer lemons) and then it has the slightly orangey chocolate in it.

                                        By the way, thank you all for your suggestions. I inadvertently found out how great bread pudding is for using up milk, eggs and bread - the kinds of things that sometimes we don't get around to using up quickly enough otherwise.

                                        This is the recipe I used:

                                        I should mention that the amount of Jack Daniels used is just over one of those little bottles - I'm sure you could just use a little bottle, if you don't have your own big Jack Daniels stash.

                                        1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 25, 2006 05:52 AM

                                          A caramel sauce w/o alcohol will work well. I was looking for sauce recipes for you and this is what I came up with:


                                          the hard sauce with vanilla or the spiced vanilla sauce might work out.

                                          BTW, it sounds like you chose a great recipe.

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                                            Cinnamon Dec 25, 2006 03:50 PM

                                            Thank you. I should report back on said recipe. I wondered about all the milk it called for, and as turned out by the time the bread pudding should have been done it was still moister than one would've wanted. I ended up flipping sections over to try to dehydrate the bottom just a bit - as the top had gotten nice and toasty with a light pudding underneath. That worked well. I took all but one fair-sized piece to a Christmas eve gathering and it all disappeared.

                                            So my final viewpoint is that Jack Daniels is lovely in bread pudding but that one might want to compare bread pudding recipes and modify a bit.

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                                              ginqueen Dec 25, 2006 04:45 PM

                                              i just made a bread pudding and put a layer of caramel and thinly sliced apples on the bottom of the pan. it was quite yum. also a good bread pudding can be made from stale chocolate crossaints or almond-filled croissants, in addition to the delicious panettone bread pudding

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                                                Cinnamon Dec 25, 2006 05:14 PM

                                                Apples and caramel sound wonderful.

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                                                marlie202 Dec 25, 2006 06:58 PM

                                                add some rum and dried apricots and cherries and some chocolate

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                                                  Nehna Dec 25, 2006 09:01 PM

                                                  I enjoyed one I did recently with dried cherries soaked in Kirsch. Added the cherries as well as a little of the soaking liquid to the mixture.

                                                  1. Dax Dec 25, 2006 09:22 PM

                                                    The recipe from Todd English for White Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding is reasonably easy and totally delicious.

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                                                      contessa1486 Dec 25, 2006 10:45 PM

                                                      Bread pudding is a wonderful bucket for anything in the cabinet/fridge. I use raisins....dried apples....dried apricots...walnuts....figs. Just about anything on the shelf.
                                                      It's quite forgiving and handles everything, well!! A nice
                                                      sauce w/Grand Marnier works well, too!
                                                      Good Luck!


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