9.09.2010

Bread Pudding Muffins


Quite a while back I read about these muffins online. Most of us have a favorite bread pudding recipe and I posted the story behind ours  HERE.  But these little guys hooked me immediately; a great idea when you have some stale bread, but not enough to make a big dish of bread pudding OR if you're missing some ingredients for your own recipe like I was.  Because I  was short of bread as well, I just used as much as I had and divided the rest of the ingredients accordingly. Most of us have everything in this recipe right in our fridge or pantry. Kids really love them (like a muffin, you can munch away without using a plate and silverware); so next time you have some stale bread (any kind, really),  look up this recipe. Your family's gonna love 'em. Need I mention how good they are served warm with some cream? Or better yet, crème anglaise? I am soooo bad! Don't tell. It'll be our little secret.

Bread Pudding Muffins

Adapted from Marcy Goldman's "The Best of Better Baking"



Ingredients:
7 cups of bread cubes, cut into bite sized pieces

1 cup half & half cream

1 cup milk

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in the middle of the oven. Butter well a 12 muffin tin.
Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl and add the cream and milk. Let stand for five minutes. Then stir in the beaten eggs, sugar, vanilla, and melted and cooled butter.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and lemon zest. Stir this mixture into the bread cube mixture and then fold in the raisins.

Evenly divide the mixture among the 12 muffins cups, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place the muffin tin on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.


 

52 comments:

  1. Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! So comforting and devilishly scrumptious. Yours look beautiful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. You had me at creme anglais! Perhaps on a pretty little plate. Sitting in a puddle of creme anglais? This recipe is a keeper. Thanks!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. Delightful and so easy, Barbara. I love it!!

    Nisrine

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  4. These look awesome, Barbara! Mini size bread pudding sounds as good and wish I can have one.... or two! haha... Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  5. What a good idea for muffins! I shall add to my long list of recipes to try! :)

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  6. I'm with Rosa, Barbara. Bread pudding is so wonderful, and these muffins are so pretty! I want to drizzle maple syrup on one and have it with my coffee for breakfast (smile)! Yeah...

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  7. What a cool idea! Definitely some creme anglaise.

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  8. Barbara, These bread pudding muffins look fantastic, I love bread pudding, look delicious, xx gloria

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  9. I've never seen these before. They look amazing. I agree, I think maybe some cream or something for a topping! Can't wait to try these.

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  10. I love the bread pudding and yes to the creme anglaise!

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  11. Bread pudding is one of my favorites! In every way shape and size I just love it.

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  12. For some reason I've never made bread pudding. The muffins are gorgeous Barbara. I think I might be missing something good.
    Sam

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  13. Did you say creme anglais? A match made in heaven. What a great idea to make bread pudding as a muffin!

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  14. Oh Barbara, those craggy little tops are too divine... must hold the creme anglaise splendidly...and you are right, saving up all those bread bits can be daunting... I can see making a few of these on a regular basis! Great recipe!

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  15. Whoa! I love bread pudding, but never thought about making muffins out of it. Fabulous idea!! I love it!

    Sues

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  16. I printed off a recipe for bread pudding muffin last weekend and then never made it. I was thinking the exact same thing - these would be so good with creme anglaise! Now I really have to make them.

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  17. Hi Barbara,

    What a great idea, to use up stale bread, thank you for sharing the recipe.
    I love bread pudding, so look forward to making these muffins.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  18. What a great idea to make the bread pudding into muffins! They look fabulous!

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  19. So cute! I can imagine how successful these would be as part of a big brunch spread!

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  20. They look absolutely darling... and no, I wouldn't tell your secret (not when I'm the type to keep spooning ice cream from the freezer all the time LOL).
    *kisses* HH

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  21. Isn't bread pudding just the best? These little muffins are a great idea.

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  22. I love the idea of bread pudding muffins! Very cute and yummy!

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  23. Dear Barbara,

    You are in my bad books now. This recipe is just unfair.

    Love,
    TKW's ass

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  24. They look very fluffy and tasty. Cinnamon and raisins are my favorites.

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  25. For years, I swore I didn't like bread pudding. Then, I made some pumpkin bread pudding, then apple... I love muffins and cupcakes, so I'll have to try this!

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  26. These muffins puffed so beautifully I would have guessed you have incorporated some portion of puff pastry. Seems the bread cubes really does the magic.

    Sawadee from bangkok,
    Kris

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  27. What pretty little muffins! I adore bread pudding so I know I'd like these lovely morsels. :-)

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  28. Barbara, you do speak my language. ;) I bet these are amazing on their own or like you said, with crème anglaise.

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  29. What a great idea! I love bread pudding with cream.

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  30. Bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food and a solid favourite of mine. It's funny because I just cam back from a depressing dinner party where all people talked about was diets and calorie counting - this is more like it! Crème anglaise sounds like a perfect accompaniment.

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  31. These really do sound perfect for breakfast this morning...beats cottage cheese and tomatoes..although I like them too:D

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  32. Hi Barbara: I've been so bad @ catching up with you & this recipe must of been my welcome back to blogging reward. I cannot tell you what a huge fan of bread pudding I am. Just thinking of it conjures up memories of my Minnesotan Norwegian Grandmother Inga standing at the stove putting in the oven her dish of bread pudding. Always told me to submerge the pan into a larger pan of water as not to let it burn. Truly is comfort food isn't it? I will be trying these muffins straight away. Thank you so much & hoping your summer was a terrific one? All my best to you x deb

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  33. These are perfect for those of us who exercise NO portion control when it comes to bread pudding. Not to name names. But me. They look delicious!

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  34. This is a great idea. I'm all for portion control when dealing with delicious desserts. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  35. Yum for sure, wish I could eat one right now!

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  36. These little bread pudding muffins look so good! My mom makes bread pudding often, but she always puts raisins in it. I'd opt for the craisins myself!

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  37. Barbara, this has to be one of my weaknesses that I must run quickly from in the other way!!!!! I will devour an entire pan of these because bread and bread pudding are the FOOD OF THE GODS!! teehee

    THANKS FOR COMING BY MY PEARL POST and aren't those flowery leggings just fun? ANita

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  38. aaaah, all the gloriousness of bread pudding in individual portions. they look perfect, barbara! all that i'm missing is a healthy dousing of whiskey sauce. :)

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  39. This is so clever and doesn't involve any heavy equipment (which I prefer not to use very early in the morning while half asleep :P )

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  40. Just the words 'bread pudding' brings back a flood of childhood memories. My grandmother made it often, real often. So of course I enjoyed this post. These look so yummy. I've had muffins on my brain lately. I guess it's because I have some blueberries that need to be used.
    Thank you so much Barbara for coming by to take a look at my little garden structures. I think I just may have enough...or maybe not, hehe
    hugs

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  41. I like the idea of half muffins half pudding! beautiful creation!

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  42. We eat a lot of bread (toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch) and we never get stale bread:)

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  43. what a great idea- those look delicious!

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  44. Don't they look just adorable, Barbara? I really enjoy bread pudding but no one else in the family does (they don't like eggy custardy things). These muffins look like the ticket to win them over!

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  45. Barbara,
    I love bread pudding don't think I have ever made it in the form of muffins. What a wonderful recipe I have all the ingredients in my pantry and think I may make these today on this quiet rainy Sunday at The Paris House.
    Have a nice day
    xx

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  46. All my life I've made bread pudding, but never in muffin shape...Your version is more delicate !!
    Thanks for the idea !!!

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  47. What a great idea! That was one of my problems with bread pudding always: you always make too much and end up eating the whole thing and feeling guilty; here it is so nice and manageable!

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  48. Individual mini bread puddings. Great idea, that way eveyone get the crispy sides.
    Mimi

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  49. I love these little baked gems. Bread pudding is one of my favorites and you have truly done them justice.

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  50. Oh how I love bread pudding! Yum!

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  51. Made tons of muffins and yet never with cubed bread. Now, all I need is to make sure my bread lasts long enough to go stale. Bread usually doesn't last very long at my house ;o)

    Fun and tasty recipe. Thanks.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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