Breaking Bad Bread Pudding

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

I must confess, my family hates raisins and refuse to eat even one. About five years ago, Lawyer Boy was in Lafayette, LA for a summer internship and we went to visit. We ate dinner at a wonderful restaurant called Prejean’s where we had gumbo, boudin, and bread pudding with rum sauce. Mr. Picky eater, Lawyer Boy, and I all picked out our raisins eating our dessert. While everyone loved bread pudding, no one wanted raisins so I tried all different kinds that I found on the Internet and nothing made them happy…….that is until I made one up. Before your eyes bug out of your head and it spins on its axis, read the entire recipe and try it – we love it so much that – diet or not, as soon as I finished taking that picture above? I stood in our front yard eating the bowlful! I would have licked the bowl clean but I was afraid there may be a neighbor watching me. Instead of raisins or cherries or chocolate or pumpkin I put in bacon and figs. Yep, bacon and figs and let me tell you, this is a fabulous combination!
Here is what you will need:

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

1 full loaf of French bread
4 eggs
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Cups milk – I used evaporated
¾ Cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ Cup chopped and rum soaked figs
½ Cup Bacon Bits – I used Oscar Meyer in the bag, but you can fry your own

First you chop the figs and put in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of rum.

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

Slice the crust off the bread.

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

Tear it up and put it in an 8×8 pan.
Set oven to 350 F.
Place room temperature eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix on high for between 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Then turn down to a lower setting and add milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Sprinkle the bacon and drained figs (reserve rum) on bread.

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

After mixture is whipped up, pour it on top of bread and then, using a spoon or spatula, press torn bread into liquid mixture until it is soaking.
Taking a Dutch oven (I also use the rack in bottom) set the 8×8 pan in and pour hot water ½ way up the side of the bread pudding pan.

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

Place in oven for 45 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
While pan is sitting on wire rack cooling you can make the rum sauce:

You will need:
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
½ Cup sugar
1 Cup of milk – I used the rest of the 2nd can of evaporated milk
3 Tablespoons of Rum

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

Put butter in pot and melt. Mix cornstarch and sugar together then add to melted butter, stirring. Add Milk and stir steadily until it comes to a boil. Continue stirring until it thickens. Take off heat and add in the 3 tablespoons used to soak figs. Let soak a minute and then pour it over the bread pudding like this:

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

This is how it turns out and the subtle (very subtle) combo of sweet and savory is incredible! I will tell you that I have never like all the bacon related sweets I’ve tried like bacon cupcakes, donuts, and cakes or brownies…..but I LOVE this and so does the entire family. I usually have to double this recipe so everyone can have some.

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli's Kitchen

Breaking Bad Bread Pudding from Kelli’s Kitchen

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Comments

  1. quilt32 says

    This sounds so amazing and so original. I like everything in it, so I’ll have to try it.
    Lillian
    lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

  2. pamasaurus says

    Bacon makes everything better! I’ve never had figs, but I’m going to have to hunt some down so I can try this!! It looks delicious :D

  3. says

    Raisins are one of my most-hated foods! I love bread pudding, but tend to avoid it (unless I make it) all because of those nasty little pellets. I love that you replace the raisins with figs – such a great flavor addition!

    • says

      Thank you! I am finding out that my family and I are not alone in our dislike of raisins! :) Today I start my famous fruit cake – most has raisins in them but mine, does not. I will replace them in anything I can! Thanks for dropping by and please come back anytime!

  4. says

    I feel like I’m entering a raisin haters anonymous meeting. My kids will eat them but I’m sorry, Raisins are a dried up rotten fruit and I just can’t do it. So glad I could confess that. Besides, I love your substitution of bacon. And the bacon makes this breakfast food! I’ll be trying this!

  5. says

    We aren`t fans of raisins in our bread pudding either. Normally we just have it plain, but the bacon and figs sure would give it an interesting twist!

  6. sunflowersupperclub says

    Congrats on being one of the featured dishes from last week’s Weekend Potluck. This bread pudding looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for being so faithful to our little party!
    ~Kim

    • says

      I just love Stacy! The figs and bacon take this bread pudding to a spectacularly new level. I have made it several times since and it never fails to please. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you come back again and again! KK

  7. says

    Yeah, we feel the same about raisins. I don’t know what it is but dessert decisions are often made based on whether the thing has raisins. Or they get picked out. I love your combination of figs and bacon! And not just because I already like roasted figs wrapped in bacon, although I do. (What DON’T I like wrapped and roasted in bacon? That’s a much shorter list.) But because you put them in a delicious bread pudding. And then RUM SAUCE. Divine.

  8. says

    I actually have five small figs on my fig tree (indoor fig tree, of course). I am not a fan of raisins or figs but this sounds delicious. I usually substitute Craisins in averything.

  9. says

    This sounds amazing! I love sweet and savoury combinations and bacon is always a fantastic way to achieve it. I love figs too but rarely buy them cause they’re so expensive here *sad face* I think it’d be worth every penny though making this decadent, indulgent bread pudding!

    • says

      They truly are good Nancy – there’s something about the bacon, bread and figs that give it such a savory taste with a hint of sweet! Thank you for dropping by and please come back!

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