Aug 5, 2012

Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding #SundaySupper #CookForJulia

Our Sunday Supper table today is honoring the incomparable JuliaChild and I´m sitting down to have brunch with her and this wonderful recipe that combines the perennial favorite that is cinnamon toast with a vanilla custard, resulting in a sweet and creamy bread pudding. A recipe from the great Julia of course.

Most countries have their own way of using leftover bread. Whether in a pudding, toast, sweet or savory, the daily bread is used to it´s last crumb. And most countries have their own JC; ours is of course Doña Petrona.
Bread pudding can be very good if done with the right ingredients and flavors. The combination here is simple, just like comfort food is, the kind childhood memories are made of.

It starts with white bread that is slathered with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It´s broiled so it becomes a caramelized toast. How can that not be good as a first layer in a bread pudding?

I used plain challah. I made one after the gruyere version, and it was perfect for this recipe, being a bit richer than regular white sandwich bread. So the caramelized slices of bread are cut in pieces and arranged in a neat pattern on a buttered dish. The `neat´ just keeps eluding me on occasions such as this. As I always tell you, I´m rustic, I´m all for the flavor, or so I tell myself.

Then there´s a custard to be made the traditional way, though the eggs and sugar are beaten to the ribbon stage, which makes this a very fluffy mixture. Maybe I went a bit overboard here, since I was broiling the bread slices at the same time that I had the eggs in the stand mixer, and when I added the hot milk to it I might, just might, have forgotten it for a few minutes, while the very dutiful mixer continued to do it´s job.

So yes, the result was a whole lot of yellow foamy custard. But the bubbles diminish, eventually. And when it was time to cover the toasts, the amount of custard turned out to be a bit much. So I was left with a cup of crème anglaise, for what are eggs + sugar + hot milk cooked over the stove but crème anglaise right? So I added a few tablespoons of bourbon to it and had the most wonderful sauce to go with the bread pudding.

I also sprinkled a few tablespoons sugar on top, after the pudding was fully cooked, and broiled it a few minutes. I think Julia would´ve approved, both the crunchy top and the bourbon in the sauce. I did, it was just the finishing touch it needed. This is a great brunch dish that will be a crowd pleaser.
I don´t own any of Julia´s books. Shame on me. It´s just an unexplainable thing considering the amount of cookbooks I own.
I found this recipe on this page on and it appears in Julia´s Kitchen Wisdom.

We have a huge crowd at the table this Sunday. Check all of their recipes because they are as awesome as Julia Child herself.
Today´s SundaySupper is being hosted by Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Go to her site for information about our 7PM (EST) Twitter Chat.

#CookForJulia Breakfast
Râpée Morvandelle by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings 
Croissants by Cookistry 
Cheese and Bacon Quiche by Tora’s Real Food

#CookForJulia Lunch
Tuna Salad Nicoise by Magnolia Days 
Blood Orange, Walnut, and Rocket Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking 
Croque Monsieur by Webicurean
Spinach and Cream Cheese Pancakes by Happy Baking Days 
Julia’s Chicken Salad by My Trials in the Kitchen 
Pissaladière Niçoise (Onion Tart with Anchovies and Black Olives) by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Provencal Tomato Quiche by Are you hungry?
Quiche Lorraine  Spoon and Saucer 

#CookForJulia Dinner
Boeuf Bourguignon by Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
Orecchiette Con Broccoli Di Rape and Sausages by Doggie at the Dinner Table 
Boeuf Bourguignon by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Veal Stew with Onions and Mushrooms with Baked Cucumbers and Boiled Potatoes (Blanquette de veau a l’ancienne with concombres au buerre) by Kimchi Mom
Salmon en Papillote by Girlichef
Poached salmon with cucumber sauce by Katherine Martinelli
Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs (Brandade á la Soissonaise) Avocado Pesto
Poulet au Porto by Family Foodie 

#CookForJulia Sides
Hollondaise over Blanched Asparagus by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Scalloped Potatoes with Milk, Cheese, and Garlic (Gratin Dauphinois) by Home Cooking Memories 
Ratatouille by Basic N Delicious 
French-style country pate by There and Back Again
White Bean Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips Momma’s Meals
Oeufs à la Diable by What Smells So Good?
Soubise by The Weekend Gourmet
Ratatouille by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

#CookForJulia Desserts
Cream Cheese and Lemon Flan by Juanita’s Cocina
Strawberry Sherbert in Cooky Cups by Cravings of a Lunatic
Creme Brulee by Wine Everyday
Mousseline Au Chocolat by Small Wallet Big Appetite
Peach Tarte Tatin by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Dark Chocolate Crepes by Family Spice
Crepes Fines Sucrees by Mangoes and Chutney
Pommes Rosemarie:Apples Rosie  The Daily Dish Recipes
Espresso Soufflé by Chocolate Moosey
Best Ever Brownies by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Orange Mousse with Greek Yogurt by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Wine Pairings: Relishing Food and Wine; Thanks to Julia Child! by ENOFYLZ


  1. Cinnamon toast and vanilla custard..looks very tempting! Great recipe!

  2. This is so delicious! The crème anglaise,looks interesting, will try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I want to slurp that sauce with a spoon. Would that be impolite? ;)

  4. I love bread pudding, Paula! Yummmm!

  5. I adore bread pudding and this one looks sensational!

  6. This beats the heck out of the bagel and peanut butter I just had.

  7. Oh my gosh - that is sinfully delicious! Beautiful post.

  8. I saw this recipe in the cookbook and it really caught my attention. Now seeing your photos and post I am really ready to make it soon.

  9. Wow that is quite a line-up! Your cinnamon toast bread pudding looks decadent delicious!

  10. These flavors sound amazing!

  11. We'd better hope my dad doesn't see this - he's a bread pudding AND cinnamon toast lover and would weigh 500 lbs!!

  12. Beautiful recipe to honour the queen :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. These are some flavor combos! Holy Molyyy! Thank you so much for cooking in this #SS :)

  14. um, yes please! I'll have another!
    I'm making this next weekend!

  15. Yummy ! Will make this for sure ! My whole family loves bread pudding :) Lovely pics too !Thanks for sharing !!

  16. I am a huge fan of bread pudding and I've seen it made a number of ways! But caramelizing sugar on brioche is amazing! And I can't wait to try it! And I love what you did with the extra custard! : )

  17. Wow, I would love to have this for breakfast!

  18. I love that you all are honoring Julia. And I hope to plow through all these Posts some time this Summer. If you read my FFWD this week, you know I love cinnamon sugar so this recipe is right up my alley. A little rich but I could cough it down, for sure. Everything about this dish was flavorful, perfectly made from scratch, and very, Julia.

    1. To my surprise, this is not a very sweet recipe in spite of the ingredients.

  19. This is so wonderful. Such a great choice of recipe. I also love your plate. Ya, I know. Only us food bloggers notice details like plates. Lol.

  20. Cinnamon toast + bread pudding = YUM! Nicely done!

  21. This is comfort food at its best!!

  22. I'll add crème anglaise to my culinary bucket list.

  23. I love bread pudding! Love this flavor combo!

  24. What a perfect dessert for a cold winter night! What could possibly be better? Hope you are staying warm - wish I could send you some of our desert heat!

  25. Oh wow heaven in a bowl! My family adores any kind of bread pudding. This I know would be a big hit! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  26. Yummy! I love bread pudding. Thanks for stopping by. I'm your newest follower.

  27. I've never been much for bread pudding, but this one looks pretty good!

    Jamie @

  28. I finally realized how amazing bread pudding is, I love your recipe! What a great idea to use toast for you bread pudding:-) Gorgeous! Hugs, Terra


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