Monday, November 16, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

After getting obsessed with Zoe and Jeff's Master Bread recipe, I decided to jump on board the baking group for their new book, Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It's based on the same principles of the original book (baking fresh bread with ease and simplicity, and no kneading!), but with many healthier alternatives. Michelle of Big Black Dog is the group's host, and you can learn all about the baking group on her blog if you are interested in joining. Once the book is released in January, we will bake our way through it. I can't wait to get my copy, which I won from a random giveawy on Michelle's blog. There is also a "secret recipe" released just for the group in November and December, so we are all getting an early start. This month's bread was Pumpkin Pie Brioche. You'll have to visit the blog to get the recipe (we are not allowed to post the recipes due to the copyright), but it's well worth it!

The other nice thing about the group is that you have lots of participants to ask for tips and opinions, which is important for a bread baking newbie like myself. I'll be honest, looking at the breads made by other members of the group made me so very jealous! They are all beautfully golden, sparkling with sugar, and perfectly photographed. My bread, well, let's just say it came out badly. It looked flat, dense, and, even though I doubled the spices as recommended by group members, it didn't have the punch of flavor I had hoped for. I decided to dress it up a little and make a bread pudding. Of course, it turns out I wasn't the only person with this idea! Michelle's bread pudding is so pretty. I made mine after dinner, but I hate taking pictures of food at night because the lighting in my kitchen is garbage, and everything looks muted and sickly. Despite that, it was delicious, and I'd definitely make it again.

Individual Pumpkin Pie Bread Puddings:

1 cup half and half
2 eggs
8 oz. pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. allspice
4 slices of pumpkin pie brioche, slightly stale, cut into cubes
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Whisk together all but the last two ingedients. Fold in bread and cranberries. Spoon evenly into greased ramekins and let stand for 15 minutes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve warm, topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and whipped cream.

So yeah, not the prettiest dessert I've made, but E ate the whole thing, which sometimes attests to the fact that he loves something, and sometimes is only proof that he's hungry. He is a champ when it comes to inhaling a bag of Doritos in 3 minutes, so his finishing a dish isn't always the highest compliment :)

If you want to be really impressed by this bread, your best bet is to check out the mouth watering posts by the other group members here in the Bread Braid. You'll be drooling all over your keyboard, I promise.


Joanne said...

Don't sell yourself short, this looks delicious! I love that you made bread pudding out of the brioche. If I had some left over after all of the peanut butter and cranberry sauce sandwiches I've been having on it, that is what I would have done. I will definitely be making another batch though. Why not, when it's so easy!

Megan said...

I have some bread in the freezer that hope to make into bread pudding. I bookmarked your recipe to try!

Gwen said...

I think it looks great! I hope mine turns out half that nice.

Michelle said...

We love bread pudding any which way and I'm sure yours was to die for GOOD!

I'm wondering if you had some bad yeast or old yeast which would cause the dough to not rise at all or rise very little. Make sure to check the expiration date on the packet when you buy it.

Jingle said...

That sounds fabulous!

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

I haven't heard of the Healthy Bread in 5 movement. I'm going to check it out!

drew said...

Great idea! Individual servings would keep me from eating a whole pan too! I'm trying these...

girlichef said...

Oh, it looks amazing! I just went with plain old loaf-form...but everybody has inspired me to try new formations/applications next time! YUMMY :)

Bread Over Heels said...

I love the individual servings idea. I have the same lighting problem so I try and take advantage of natural light as much as possible. As for your dough, did you make sure your liquids weren't too hot to may be kill the yeast. I keep mine under 115 F to be safe.

Danielle said...

ooooh...I still have some of the bread left and I was considering making bread pudding with it...if it doesn't get all used up as cinnamon toast. Great job Joanna!! :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It's the taste that matters most of all! I love pumpkin and bread puddings so I'm sure I would love your recipe.


Kim said...

Yum- bread pudding looks and sounds delicious!! I had high hopes for a bread pudding with mine, but hubby and daughter voted for the cinnamon rolls instead.

Cristie said...

Individual servings are perfect! I love how you used this dough. Very creative.