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Happy Mothers Day, Waste Not Want Not Bread Pudding

My Mama taught me not to waste food, I had to clean my plate and sit at the table until either the food was gone or one of us, both stubborn by nature gave in. One day my Mom made liver and onions, bleh, hate it still do. I refused to eat it and literally sat at the table all night long with the food in front of me and still wouldn’t touch it.  To this day I have not eaten liver and onions and won’t make it.

Honoring my wonderful Mother on this day I decided instead of baking something new I decided to repurpose leftovers and make this bread pudding. Here is what I had:

2 challah rolls (more than a day old but still good)

4 egg yolks (left over from my dacquoise)

peaches from the peach ice cream

1/2 container of blueberries

creme fraiche

With those ingredients I made bread pudding.  Bread pudding is simple rustic down home fare. I remember Mom made bread pudding often and it was one of my favorite desserts. She was frugal and never wasted anything and would save bread that wasn’t eaten to make this pudding. This is not her recipe it’s mine but it’s equally as good as hers. Mom is a great cook, intuitive, creative and accomplished. I learned so much from her and wish that I were with her this Mothers Day!

Bread Pudding With Peaches and Blueberries

2 large challah rolls day old or older is best, brioche is also good

4 egg yolks plus 1 whole egg

1 cup whole milk

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup creme fraiche

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

dash of salt

Peaches (optional) chopped or crushed or even a peach jam or preserve

fresh blueberries (you decide how much to add)

Heat oven to 350 degree’s. Whisk the egg yolks and whole egg with the sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the milk, cream and creme fraiche and continue whisking until combined. Add a dash of salt and the vanilla and whisk just until mixed.

Add the torn bread and stir until the bread is completely immersed in the custard base, add the blueberries and fold them in.

Butter your ramekins or baking dishes, spread some peaches on the bottom and spoon the bread pudding mixture, dividing into 3 large or 6 small baking dishes.

Place the baking dishes in a large roasting pan or baking dish place into the oven and then add enough hot water so that it comes halfway up the sides of your dishes. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set.

I served it with some creme fraiche gently sweetened with brown sugar. It’s fantastic and adding the peaches and blueberries make this dessert so good!

Happy Mothers Day to all of you whether you have children, fur babies, a classroom of children, do volunteer work with kids or just love them it’s a day to celebrate women and Mothers and caregivers. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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  1. What a lovely way to celebrate your mom, Suzanne. I know she is proud of you!
    I used to love bread pudding (before the ugly egg issue), so thanks for the virtual treat. At least I can still have it that way. 😉
    Huge hugs to you and to your mom. Stay happy and sassy!

    May 14, 2017
  2. Thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes, Suzanne. 🙂 I’m proud to be a Mom to two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and my dog. I love bread pudding and recently thought of making it. I can’t find creme fraiche here. When I look it up online, it shows sweetened condensed milk in local stores. Is that what it is? Your bread pudding recipe sounds delicious! ❤

    May 14, 2017
    • Hi Mary Happy Mother’s Day!!! You have every right to be proud and I am so happy you have such a wonderful family!! Make creme fraiche, I make it and it’s super easy. To one cup of heavy cream unpasteurized if you can find it but if not any good heavy cream will do add 2 tbs buttermilk. Mix to combine with a spoon. Cover with a damp paper towel and secure with twine or ribbon or even a rubber band and let sit in your counter 24-48 hours. When it’s ready its thick and delicious. Put the lid on the jar (I use canning jars 16oz) and refrigerate. It’s so easy and delicious!! Hope you have a great day💐💐🌹🌹🌷🌷❤️❤️

      May 14, 2017
    • Oh and no it’s like sour cream not sweet at all.

      May 14, 2017
  3. Lovely Suzanne – the Pudding!!! the pictures of your Mom!! My Mom too is not around any more, but for always in my heart

    May 14, 2017
  4. Oh my Suzanne-liver ‘n onions is the absolute worse thing imaginable! Mom and Dad never made us eat anything but rather asked us to just try it-because we may enjoy it. The love of
    food (all kinds) stems from at least trying it?! We all I think have a dish we dislike or would not try-LOL. Bread pudding is a great dessert and i love your combo! I know it is hard for you to be so far away from your Mom today, she knows you love her though!

    May 14, 2017
  5. It has been several years since my mom passed away but there isn’t a day I don’t think of her. Your bread pudding looks lovely .

    May 14, 2017
  6. 🌷HAPPY🌷MOTHER’S🌷DAY🌷

    TO ALL THE BEAUTIFUL AND GIVING WOMEN ON THIS EARTH

    May 14, 2017
  7. You certainly did your momma proud with that bread pudding! And I wish the mother of Percy and all other fur-mommas a Happy Mother’s Day too! xoxo

    May 14, 2017
  8. How lovely, happy Mother’s Day to you and your Mum xx

    May 14, 2017
  9. Hello Suzanne – your recipe is delicious as usuel, and looks so nice and attractive. Thank you ! 🙂
    I can understand you about some hated food … particularly liver and others. My mother insisted so that I ate mutton, pork, and I simply could not ! When I was in the boarding school, with Sisters ( kind and clever I precise ! ) I had sometimes to stay at the common table with my plate full of small pieces of flesh …. I could not eat that. But the other girls took – each one – a piece of that – and my plate was quickly empty ! How nice they were.
    Bises, chère Suzanne
    Wonderful Happy Fête des Mères ! Bises et hugs – france 🙂

    May 14, 2017
  10. Great post! I was one of those eaters as well. I’d have to sit for hours with a pile of peas on my plate. Your mother must have been European as well. Beautiful bread pudding!

    May 14, 2017
    • Yes, her Mother was French, she made us at least taste everything but in this case I refused, just got off the phone with her and she reminded me that my Dad took my sister to the carnival and I had to stay home with my plate of food. I had forgotten that part. Thanks Mimi and happy Mothers Day!💐💐❤️❤️

      May 14, 2017
      • Hahahahahahaha! I know it wasn’t funny at the time. I never enforced the clean plate rule. In fact, I worked so hard making sure they ate food, and made it the healthiest possible!!! I personally could eat liver and onions every day for breakfast, but it’s well known that 99% of everyone HATES liver! So it’s doubly cruel. Happy Mother’s Day to you Suzanne – I know at least you’ve been a doggy mother!!!

        May 14, 2017
  11. I love bread pudding. This looks like a delicious recipe! Thank you.

    May 14, 2017
  12. Love making bread pudding and that recipe is mouth watering.

    May 15, 2017
  13. I have crusts in the freezer begging to be used! Here’s to your mother and inspiration!

    May 15, 2017
  14. I’ve never had bread pudding but I have read about it a lot. Very English. 🙂 Yours looks so nice I may just make it tomorrow. We’ve recently started getting Creme Fraiche at the local supermarket so a good excuse to buy some.

    May 15, 2017
  15. Gorgeous Suzanne!

    May 15, 2017
  16. Thats such an easy recipe and looks so yum!

    May 15, 2017
  17. Lovely post. This so reminded me of my mom and our childhood days. My mom used to make the most amazing bread pudding. I also grew up where it was waste not, want not.
    Hope you had a beautiful mother’s day with Percy 🙂

    May 15, 2017
  18. Liver and onion yuck! I’d still be sitting there! This bread pudding looks delicious Suzanne!

    May 15, 2017
  19. This looks very delicious and easy to create, Suzanne 🙂
    I like the idea of not throwing food out too.

    May 15, 2017
  20. What a gorgeous recipe to honour your mother ❤
    Mr H's mum must have taught him too well to finish food. I often a huge quantity of food, with the objective of keeping it for servings in the next day or few,… and sometimes it's a struggle to get him to not eat it all in one go!
    Belated but Happy Mothers Day to you too xx

    May 15, 2017
  21. petra08 #

    Bread pudding is a great way to use up leftovers and peaches and blueberries sounds delicious. I am sure your mother would have loved it!
    Thank you for sharing your liver and onion memory, mine was a kind of fish soup but somehow never quite right and we always had a bit of a fight, to eat or not to eat! 🙂 xx

    May 16, 2017
  22. It looks and sounds delicious! I love bread pudding, too 😊

    May 16, 2017
  23. Hello, Suzanne, you bring my memory back. When my kids were small, I always told them off when they left some food on the table. The words that I would say: I would sent them to Ethiopia because lots of children lack ordinary food over there. And

    May 17, 2017
    • My Mom told me the same thing about starving children which is sad but I drew the line at liver and onions😂😂

      May 17, 2017
  24. Hi Suzanne! I’m with you on the liver and onions!! My mom loved it too– but only got it when we were eating out. I think she gave up and trying to make us eat it! And the bread pudding–yummm! never thought of putting peach preserves, but sounds like it would sweeten it just right.
    And– are those all pictures of your mother?? Love the top right portrait– what a sweet smile. Always fun to read what you’ve been up to… hugs hugs!

    May 18, 2017
  25. Love this recipe. The pictures of your mom are so endearing. Thanks for sharing this warm memory!

    May 19, 2017
  26. Sandhya #

    Hi Suzanne,
    I was taught by my mom not to waste food and still try to use all the leftovers. I cannot believe this myself but I used to be a very picky eater as a child and sat at that table for hours until I finished my food:)
    Your bread pudding looks divine! Bread pudding is my husband’s favorite so bookmarking your recipe!

    May 20, 2017
  27. Your mom sounds a lot like my mom–and my mom also made liver and onions! What’s even moe surprising is that I ate the liver and onions. I actually don’t care that much for it now, though! 🙂

    May 20, 2017
  28. Your mama was right not to let food go to waste & what a wonderful dessert you made here! packed full of really yummy flavors! Waw! Great for a dinner party too! 🙂

    May 29, 2017
  29. dailychaseblogs #

    Yum! This looks amazing. I remember my Mom making bread pudding when we little, from old bread and coffee cakes. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing

    August 1, 2017

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