Friday, August 03, 2007

Happy Birthday August Daring Bakers

Better late than never, I guess. It's August third and there are a bunch of birthdays in August for Daring Bakers, so I made all of them one dessert...a Plum Bread Pudding. This is similar to Peabody's, but with fresh off our tree plums. Hers was so good that an encore seemed appropriate.

We have two deer who have decided to live under the plum tree, so I didn't get too many this year, but there were enough to add a sweet fruitness and tang to the mellow custard of the bread pudding.

Happy Birthday to:

Gale’s Bread Pudding with Cherries

A recipe from 1971, from a Fredricksburg, 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
3/4 cup peeled, sliced sweet red plums. Cut into chunks if plums are large.

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 plum slices or chunks into bread mixture and pour into baking pan.
5) Bake in a pan of hot water until firm, about 1 hour. Serve warm.


  1. Oh yum! You know I am a sucker for bread pudding!

  2. Thank you Elle! How sweet of you, and I love plums and bread pudding so this works out beautifully!

  3. Anonymous7:43 PM

    You are such a thoughtful person!

  4. This looks lovely, and the colour of your plums, beautiful!

  5. Peabody, me too. As you can see, this recipe takes variations well.

    Amanda, thanks!

    Hilda, Hope your birthday rocks.

    Kristen, I guess, but, mostly, I love birthdays.

    Kelly-Jane, they really were that color. Ripe and juicy.

  6. I feel as if I've commented on this post before :P but the bread pudding is so tasty, I have to do it again (lol)

  7. This looks so good, Elle! The perfect dessert for now (winter, here).

  8. Oh Yum! Thanks for the birthday wishes. Bread Pudding is an all time favorite of mine. I think I must have 5 different bread pudding recipes on my site already...

  9. Cynthia, Love your humor and, yes, this is almost the same as in July.

    Patricia, Yes, it's a great winter dessert...with our foggy weather we almost have winter weather,too.

    Janet, So glad that you like bread pudding so much & Happy Birthday again.