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Sep 11, 2012 06:29 PM

Alternatives to yeast bread in bread pudding

I wan to make a bread pudding this weekend and don't feel like using and making yeast bread, for various reasons. I searched online and found a recipe using soda bread, but I'm not convinced that will be nice.

Has anyone used anything other than a yeast bread for bread pudding? I will be making it from scratch. Time/difficulty isn't a factor.

Any suggestions are welcome!!!

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  1. Stale cake works nicely; or any quick bread made with baking powder instead of yeast. Left over scones, biscuits, etc .....

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    1. re: todao

      cornbread makes a nice one too.

        1. re: ls150

          Oooohhhh....very good idea! I'm thinking add some molasses and make it an Indian Pudding type tying.

      1. re: todao

        Thank you. I wasn't sure how the texture would be using a quick bread instead. I appreciate your tips! Which one(s) have you made that you found work the best?

        1. re: ls150

          Texture in bread pudding is more a product of the custard than the bread but, for my own choice, I'd use the quick bread like dried/stale banana nut bread or a cinnamon loaf.

          1. re: todao

            Thanks. Maybe I will do the same, but with muffins (which would save me some baking time). Cinnamon sounds great. Thanks todao!

        2. Did it with donuts once, don't recommend it. But the one I made at holiday time with store-bought panettone was great.

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          1. re: critter101

            Thanks for letting me know. That seems like it would be pretty darn sweet! As for the store-bought, I can't purchase anything store-bought and make everything from scratch, so don't really want to go with panettone... but can imagine it is delicious.

            1. re: ls150

              I've done the donut one too (using glazed chocolate cake-type donuts). The donuts never quite melded into the pudding. It tasted like eating a bowlful of donuts. I do think it could be good - probably needed more liquid.

          2. Pound cake and/or angel food cake can work well, especially with a lighter fruit like berries. I wouldn't use ALL angel food cake because it's so light, and might just get goopy once in the custard. Pound cake gives bread pudding a nice texture for sweet puddings, imo -- but I'm a pound cake fan, regardless! You might try slicing day old berry muffins, and then using those.

            I second the idea of cornbread for a savory bread pudding, but I'd still make sure it's day old or toasted lightly in the oven before putting it in a custard, so it will have a decent amount of body even when soaked in custard. I like my bread puddings to have creaminess and texture from the bread or cake.

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            1. re: team_cake

              I really like the idea of using muffins. Thanks!

              1. re: team_cake

                I also do one with pound cake...spreading the cake with peanut butter and then cutting into cubes. I tend to make this one into a chocolate bread pudding since I'm a chocolate-peanut butter addict!

              2. I do it with pumpkin bread often. Leave the oil/fat out of the quick bread so it absorbs the egg mixture better. I do it for Thanksgiving in the crockpot because I've run out of oven space and it's really good.

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                1. re: chowser

                  That sounds fantastic. Thanks for the idea!

                2. croissants make great bread pudding.

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                  1. re: chez cherie

                    Thanks, though they aren't yeast -free. I am sure they would be delicious, though.

                    1. re: ls150

                      sorry--misunderstood that you didn't feel like making yeast bread, not that you were specifically avoiding yeasted goods.

                      1. re: chez cherie

                        No, I'm sorry! You didn't misunderstand. I don't feel like making yeast breads/goods in general, I don't avoid them. I just wanted something that was quick to make instead. Sorry I am so confusing! But I would definitely think they would be delicious.

                        1. re: ls150

                          This won't necessarily help you now, but danishes make good bread pudding. You end up with little surprises of whatever filling was in the danishes. Mr S worked at a hotel that used their day old danishes, croissant, cinnamon buns, etc to make bread pudding for the dessert buffet. doesn't work for a menu item, because of the inconsistency (every serving's different). I've picked up day old pastries just to make it at home.