Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy Birthday Peabody!

When we were sitting at lunch in Seattle in June, Peabody, of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, mentioned that she loves bread pudding. When I was trying to think of what to make for her birthday, I remembered that I had this great recipe from the stone ages…well 1971 actually, but close enough. My friend Gale was active in her church and they did a lot of pot lucks. She said that this was her favorite thing to bring and when she didn’t bring it, she got grief.

What makes this bread pudding a stand out is the dark red cherries. A can is about 14 or 15 oz., but you can substitute about a cup to 1 ¼ cup of fresh, pitted cherries if you want to. I used some drained cherries from a jar that I bought when I went to Hatam’s with Anna of Anna’s Cool Finds. I suspect that a cup or so of any stone fruit or even berries in season would work well with this bread pudding. Peabody, hope that you find this to be a fun birthday gift…just wish you were here to have some.

Gale’s Bread Pudding with Cherries
A recipe from 1971, from a Fredicksburg, Maryland friend

4 cups dry bread cubes
3 cups milk, scalded
1 tablespoon butter
4 slightly beaten eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can dark red cherries, drained

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Melt the butter in the milk. Add a little of the milk to the beaten eggs, then add eggs to rest of milk. Stir in the sugar, lemon zest, salt, and vanilla.
3) Put the bread cubes in a large bowl. Pour the egg/milk mixture over, stir gently, and let sit 15 minutes.
4) Butter a large baking pan. A deep one will give a softer center, a shallower one will give more crispy crust. Gently stir drained cherries into bread mixture and pour into baking pan.
5) Bake in a pan of hot water until firm, about 1 hour. Serve warm.


  1. Elle, your Daring Baker Birthday treats are always so yummy looking and such a nice tribute to our crew. How wonderfully thoughtful you are!

  2. That was so sweet of you to make this for Peabody's birthday. It looks amazing.

  3. I constantly need to be convinced that bread pudding is good, cherries help that cause.

  4. Amrita, It was good...hard to stop eating it.

    Breadchick, It's great incentive to bake. Some months I might have to just do one or two for a group since the DBs are getting to be such a large group.

    Cheryl, Thanks.

    Brilynn, Try this one. The bread is very custardy near the bottom (I bake it in a deep dish) and the cherries make all the difference.

  5. You are so sweet, Elle - this is a great post!

  6. Elle, thank you for the birthday wishes and your very warm welcome to the Daring Bakers. I sure hope I can keep up with you folks :)

    Ok, so here is what I want for my birthday next year. A bread pudding just like the one you made for Peabody (lol)

  7. YUM, YUM, YUM. Thank you for the lovely birhtday bread pudding...if only I were there!

  8. your bread pudding looks gorgeous, reminds me of my mum bread pudding too.

  9. Patricia, Thank you.

    Cynthia, I'm sure you will do fine and hopefully have as much fun as the DBs have been having. I'll make a note of when your birthday is and make you a bread pudding...but it will probably be a little different...boring to make same thing twice.

    Peabody, Hope your birthday was great...maybe next year I can figure out a way to have the pudding not be virtual :)

    Big Boys, Yes, except for the cherries it's pretty traditional pudding.

  10. Anonymous7:35 AM

    So sweet of you to think of her on her birthday. This looks really good.