Posted by: zx6karen on: May 10, 2010
1 | Flourchild
May 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm
I just noticed were making bread pudding and a pie for TWD too. I think I will bake this weeks Pumpkin bread pudding and TWD pie at the end of the month. I would love to bake it all..but way to many fattening things to have in the house!
2 | Andrea at Nummy Kitchen
May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Sounds like a good plan, Michelle! I’m excited about doing two bread puddings, I’ll probably make half recipes of each.
This one sounds so good, I am thinking about trying a recipe for pumpkin brioche (instead of plain) to up the pumpkin factor…
3 | Baking is my Zen
May 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Hi all! I’m hosting this week’s recipe, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel-Rum Raisin Sauce.
I’ve made this recipe at least three times already. I even had one person willing to pay me for it. It is a keeper, especially the sauce!
I selected this recipe because I am gearing up to learn recipes for the fall season. I find myself at times baking the same recipes at Thanksgiving/Holidays because I didn’t have time to experiment with new recipes. So, I’m taking the proactive approach by starting early. 🙂
I want to share with you a TIP that I used for the Caramel Sauce.
>>Add 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
to the sugar and water mixture.
This will prevent the syrup from seizing up. (I know by experience).
SPICES: I don’t use cinnamon sticks, so I’m substituting…
Instead of using cinnamon sticks,fresh ginger and whole cloves, I substituted using the following:
2 tsp pumpkin spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Vanilla beans: Since there is no guarantee of fresh vanilla beans every time, I use Vanilla Bean Paste by Nielsen-Massey. I purchased the 4 fl oz bottle at William Sonoma.
BTW, Friday, 5/7/10, I drove to Brooklyn, NY and stopped by Sweet Melissa’s two bakery locations…I had a blast. The staff was nice…and I bought some of the desserts. Sooo good!
I will be posting the photos of my trip on my blog 5/16. Stop by!
4 | Flourchild
May 11, 2010 at 11:32 am
Thank you so much for all the great tips! Im going to use them!
How cool that you got to visit SMS bakery!! I can’t wait to see the photos from your trip!
5 | stephanie
May 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm
I want to bake this week – we’ll see if it can happen…when we did the almond bread pudding for SMS I searched and searched and could NOT find Brioche!!! And just a few weeks ago for the Sweet Potato Bread, I wanted to sub in pumpkin for the sweet potato – but couldn’t find that ANYWHERE either! So I suppose I’ll see if I have any better luck this time around 😦
6 | Baking is my Zen
May 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Thanks for bringing this up. I meant to discuss this, but forgot.
The first time I made the bread pudding, I couldn’t find the brioche bread anywhere. I actually went to a Bread Company and I ordered it. I did this the first time around. But, I found it to be too much a hassle. So, going forward, I used Challah bread, which is just as good. And, challah bread is sold everywhere. I even got my challah from SAMS Club for a better price than bakeries or the supermarket! 🙂
7 | Baking is my Zen
May 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm
I had the best time. Everyone was so friendly! I met Melissa’s sister. She was at the Park Slope location. Photos to come…
8 | Baking is my Zen
May 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm
Please note a change from my message of 5/10/10, 4:37pm:
Use 1 teaspoon corn syrup, NOT 1 Tablespoon to the sugar and water mixture for the caramel sauce.
9 | Flourchild
May 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Im sure you did! Im so jealous!!
10 | Gloria
May 13, 2010 at 12:01 am
I won’t be able to bake along this week. Sorry Carmen. Going out of town for a long weekend. Appreciate your tips…I will definitely be making this recipe. It sounds divine! I love pumpkin and I love bread pudding. What a smart idea to test out fall recipes in advance. 😉 Can’t wait to see everyone’s photos.
11 | Nina
May 13, 2010 at 12:24 am
I am actually starting finals – TOMORROW. I’ve got 4 in the next two days, so I don’t think I’ll be making this, but I might try the caramel sauce with a ice cream cupcake!
12 | Katie
May 13, 2010 at 2:17 am
I’m afraid I won’t be baking along this week. I hate bread pudding almost as I hate the rum raisin alliance. This one just isn’t for me :p
Instead i’ll be rewinding last weeks blueberry muffins 🙂
13 | stephanie
May 13, 2010 at 7:18 am
Challah! Good idea! I think I can get that no problem here. Now all I have to do is find the pumpkin. If I’m lucky, I’ll have some extra challah left over for french toast, mmmm! 🙂
14 | Baking is my Zen
May 13, 2010 at 8:59 am
Pumpkin (in a can) should be easy to find. It needs to be pumpkin, NOT pumpkin filling.
Look forward to your post!
15 | Baking is my Zen
May 13, 2010 at 9:04 am
To those who can’t bake: I’ve not been able to bake every week due to commitments etc. So, it’s understandable!
But, don’t forget to stop by my blog and comment! 🙂
For those who ARE baking, I look forward to your posts, and I promise I will stop by every one of your posts and leave a comment.
16 | Indecisive Baker
May 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm
I’m bumming this week! This sounds amazing- but my Mom is flying in!
17 | Baking is my Zen
May 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm
There’s always another time to bake…Mom comes first! Enjoy your time with her. 🙂
18 | Andrea at Nummy Kitchen
May 15, 2010 at 7:55 am
I’m making the brioche this morning, hopefully we’ll have some pumpkin bread pudding for dessert after dinner 🙂
19 | Tracey
May 15, 2010 at 10:52 am
Can’t wait to see how the bread pudding turns out for all of you! I’m not a big bread pudding fan so I’m going to do a rewind this week and I’m VERY excited about it 🙂
20 | Baking is my Zen
May 15, 2010 at 11:20 am
You’re MAKING the brioche. I am totally impressed! Can’t wait to see your post! 🙂
21 | chayacomfycook
May 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm
I am sorry, I am not going to be able to bake with you. I doing a lot of substituting in recipes for my hubby with celiac but, I don’t have extra bread for him. I am going to skip both Dorie’s bread pudding and Melissa’s. It is funny, they came together on the lists.
I think, they both have coconut, nest week, also.
Good luck with the baking. I will miss it.
I must check out your experience with the bakeries.
22 | Baking is my Zen
May 16, 2010 at 6:06 am
I FINALLY got my posts up.
I have two posts. The first one is about my trip to the two Sweet Melissa Patisseries in Brooklyn, NY (lots of photos). The second is the SMS post. I also did a photo tutorial.
23 | Baking is my Zen
May 16, 2010 at 6:08 am
Please do! There are lots of photos to view. You can get a sense of what its like…enjoy!
24 | Andrea at Nummy Kitchen
May 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm
This was an amazing dessert, I absolutely loved it! Thanks for a great pick, Carmen!
25 | Kelly
May 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm
It just looked so good, but I was beset by difficulties. No pumpkin to be found in central Virginia. Oh well! Chocolate-cherry bread pudding for me!
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