Two Days – Two Bread Puddings

There’s nothing I enjoy more than cooking, especially when it’s something I haven’t made before. So I jumped at the chance to make bread pudding for the Cajun/Creole booth at a multicultural festival at work last week. This was my chance to try out TWO new recipes!

Day One – Paula Deen’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

This yummy recipe is from Paula Deen. I had to drive all the way across town to get to Krispy Kreme donuts, but it was worth the trip.

Day One - Paula Deen's Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Day One – Paula Deen’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding


Ingredients for Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Ingredients for Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

  • 2 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 2 (4.5-ounce) cans fruit cocktail (undrained)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (9-ounce) box raisins
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Butter Rum Sauce, recipe follows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cube donuts into a large bowl. Pour other ingredients on top of donuts and let soak for a few minutes. Mix all ingredients together until donuts have soaked up the liquid as much as possible.

Bake for about 1 hour until center has jelled. Top with Butter Rum Sauce.

Krispy Kreme bread pudding ingredients in a bowl

Krispy Kreme bread pudding

Butter Rum Sauce:

1 stick butter
1 pound box confectioners’ sugar
Rum, to taste

Melt butter and slowly stir in confectioners’ sugar. Add rum and heat until bubbly. Pour over each serving of bread pudding.

Day Two – New Orleans Bread Pudding

Since I’ve never made bread pudding before this week, I wanted to find a recipe that looked easy to make. I found this Emeril Lagasse recipe on It was as delicious and moist as it was easy.

Ingredients for New Orleans Bread Pudding

Ingredients for New Orleans Bread Pudding


  • 12 to 14 cups 1-inch cubes day-old white bread, such as French or Italian
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1- 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
Bread pudding

Bread pudding


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the bread in a large bowl. Grease a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish with the remaining tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Combine the heavy cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and raisins in a large bowl. Whisk to mix. Pour the cream mixture over the bread, and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.

Transfer the bread mixture to the casserole dish and bake until the center of the bread pudding is set, 50 to 60 minutes.

Garnish the bread pudding with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm with warm Whiskey Sauce.

There is also a recipe for whiskey sauce on the foodnetwork website. Since I was going to be serving this outside at the festival, I chose not to make it.

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