Saturday, November 16, 2013

John The Chef''s Bread Pudding

With the holidays fast approaching and the weather getting cooler, I've been in the mood to do some baking. Bread pudding and it's hearty goodness is at the front of my list of cold weather food to make. A few years ago my hubby and me visited a local restaurant and got lucky when "John The Chef" shared his bread pudding recipe with us. He actually sat at our table and chatted with us while we scribbled his recipe on a small piece of paper. We both love bread pudding, so this was pretty exciting for us (our social life is quite dull, so this was a really big deal!)

With a few changes to meet both our chocolate and cinnamon demands, it turned out almost as good as John The Chef's recipe. 
We were lucky that The Monkey Boys were willing to jump right in to help mix it all together.

Here's the recipe we adapted for us:

John The Chef's Bread Pudding

Mix in a really large bowl:

7 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups half and half or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla (or almond) flavoring
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Add and lightly fold into egg mixture:
2 apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. blueberries (fruits can include, but are not limited to, strawberries, apples, bananas, blueberries, peaches, raisins--your choice, just not huge amounts)
1/2 cup large dark chocolate pieces (optional, but it makes it so good)

Really, the chocolate just MAKES this bread pudding so delicious!

Add 8 cups stale/dry bread cubed to the egg mixture. Use a variety of bread types like wheat, rye, challis, white, raisin bread, but make sure to include 2 croissantsJohn said we HAD to add a couple exception to that rule!

John said it was okay to toss it with your hands, but don't let it sit too long and get soggy!

Pour mixture into lightly greased pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes and then turn up heat to 450 degrees for 7 minutes to make the top crust crispy.

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


  1. If you only knew how much I love bread pudding..I bet it taste even better with monkey boy love….
    adorable photos…still working on my recipe…lots of steps….seems easier to make than write…

    OHHH bread pudding..I make a rum sauce with ours..from scratch….but not for monkey boys…I think the chocolate is enough for them x

  2. oops thought that was chocolate..ok, blueberries, even better…wink

  3. Yep, I'm sure everything's better when little monkey boys help !

  4. I have got to make this bread pudding! Thanks for stopping by Friday with Friends! Hugs! Linda

  5. Monkey Boy Bread Pudding! Looks so yummy ... thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

  6. Looks yummy. Cant wait to try it!

  7. it is so much fun cooking with children.

  8. This looks SO good!! Can't wait to try it!


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