Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lemon Bread Pudding

Ah, another lemony recipe for you! To be honest, I never saw myself voluntarily making bread pudding, it was just never a recipe that appealed to me. However, these last few years I've been finding it to be such a hearty and delicious dessert, and a very resourceful way of using up stale bread! This recipe came to be after realizing that a bag of beautiful kaiser rolls I had in my pantry were starting to stale. And nothing is more of an abomination to me then wasted food, it makes me a very sad panda.

This recipe is delicious, very easy to make, and can very easily serve a big crowd. And if you make it with skim milk, it's really not very calorie laden at all. I also love the brightness of the lemon sauce, it makes it a very unique dessert. Next time you have bread that's getting a bit crusty, try this out, it calls for all the things you will most likely already have in your fridge and pantry!

Lemon Bread Pudding
Found in Taste of Home Baking Book


3 slices day old bread, cubed
3/4 cups raisins
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon butter


1. Toss bread and raisins in an ungreased 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. Ina small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, butter, and salt; cook and stir until butter is melted. Remove from the heat. Whisk eggs and vanilla in a small bowl. Stir a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Pour over bread and raisins.

2. Place dish in a larger baking pan. Fill larger pan with hot water to a depth of 1 inch. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

3. For sauce, combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice, peel and butter until butter melt. Serve over warm or cold pudding. Refrigerate leftovers.


Debbie said...

The recipes sounds very versatile and I love the idea of adding lemon to bread pudding..looks great!

Cristine said...

I'm not a bread pudding fan, but your picture is making me want to take a big bite! YUM!

Heidi said...

I haven't tried bread pudding in a long time. My aunt makes a bread pudding that is "famous" at our family gathering with a vanilla and chocolate sauce. The texture of it really grossed me out, so I haven't tried it since. This looks very good though.

Ingrid said...

Sounds good. I never thought about a lemon bread pudding. Thanks!

teresa said...

I think what I loved about this stuff was that the texture was almost like diced up french toast, just a bit softer. It didn't have that slimy, mushy texture that bread pudding tends to have.

Barbara Bakes said...

This looks yummy! I bet it would be good with Craisins too.

Kathy said...

Yummm!!! Girl, I think we all need a copy of your Taste at Home Baking cookbook!!! You are really producing some winners! Keep the recipes coming! ;)

Melissa said...

I love bread pudding and lemon sounds like a yummy addition! :)

teresa said...

Kathy, seriously, it's been the best book ever. My hubs bought it for my birthday a few years back, and it's been my goal to eventually make everything out of it!

Netts Nook said...

Wow you have been a busy girl your last couple of recipes look to die for.........Hugs

Katy ~ said...

Lemon sauce on bread pudding! Oh my! That sounds too too GOOD!

Kristen said...

Ohhh, my husband would love it if I made this for him

Reeni♥ said...

I've never made bread pudding. But I love the lemon flavors in this! It looks like a really delicious use for stale bread!

Donna-FFW said...

I love bread pudding and Ive never had lemon flavored before. Sounds fantastic. Unique twist.

Crystal Lampe said...

Sounds so good.

Julie said...

I'll bet that is good...the lemon sauce sounds great!

Debbie said...

my daughter in law's favorite is lemon...anything lemon. she is in the hospital "on her back" while her twins try to come too early. (but so far so good), when I go back I'll add this lemon dessert to my list to make for her.

Jamie said...

Really fabulous dessert! The lemon cream really jazzes up a plain old bread pudding. I love lemon desserts and I am definitely going to try this! Yum!

Pam said...

I love lemon dessert and I love bread pudding so putting these two together makes me very happy. Can't wait to try this one.

girlichef said...

Another great one! I've never made bread pudding with lemon...sounds soo great!