Breakfast Bread Pudding

What happens when you combine breakfast and dessert?

Breakfast Bread Pudding

Answer: Magic!  I had actually been contemplating the breakfast/dessert idea for a while.  What spurred me into action was the email from the folks at FoodBuzz to let us know that Nature’s Pride would be holding their Bread Ambassador program again.  Nature’s Pride will select a few lucky bloggers to get a free trip to the FoodBuzz Festival this year and to present their recipes in the Tasting Pavilion.  So, I sent off for my free coupon (which I have not gotten as of this posting, so nothing in this post was provided for free) and set to work.

Breakfast Bread Pudding

What I decided to make is a combination of bread pudding and french toast, with some spicy breakfast sausage thrown in for good measure.  I did not want it too sweet, it is supposed to be a breakfast dish after all,  so I used maple syrup rather than sugar in the pudding itself.  For some nutty flavor I opted for a hearty multi-grain bread, but to cut any of those health benefits I top it all off with a buttery brown sugar pecan crumble which plays well with the nuggets of  savory sausage throughout the dish. What I love best about this recipe is you can make it in a large dish for causal, family-style affairs, or you can scoop it into muffin cups and make individual servings for more formal occasions.  You can serve this with syrup if you like, but it does not need it.  Warm from the oven I can’t think of anything more welcoming to serve guests, or your family!

Breakfast Bread Pudding    Serves 6-8

For the bread pudding:
12 slices multi-grain wheat bread (I used
12 ounces uncooked breakfast sausage
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups milk, 2% or higher

For the topping:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray a baking dish, or muffin pan, with non-stick cooking spray.

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Cube the bread into 1/2 inch pieces.  Spread evenly on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 20 minutes, or until very dry and toasted.  Allow to cool on the pan.

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Next, prepare the topping.  In a small bowl combine the all the ingredients until well mixed.  Chill for at least ten minutes, or until firm.

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In a medium skillet over medium-high heat crumble the breakfast sausage.  Cook, stirring often, until well browned and cooked through.  Drain off any excess fat then allow to cool slightly in the pan.

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In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, spices, maple syrup, salt, eggs, vanilla, and milk.  Add the toasted bread and toss to coat.  Let stand for ten minutes.

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Add the cooked sausage and fold to combine.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pans.  Top with the chilled pecan topping.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes for a large dish, 25 to 30 minutes for muffin sized servings, or until golden brown and puffed all over.  Cool for five minutes before serving.

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Author: Kelly

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  • Oh goodness… I’m hungry now. This just looks so wonderful and rich!

  • jim

    Intriguing. How long did it take to prepare? Or is this a done ahead and whip out of the refrigerator scenario?

  • I posted raspberry bread pudding yesterday. Yours is much healthier:) I will have to try it soon!

  • I can eat bread pudding for breakfast?! YES!!

  • Love the heartiness – these are some perfect fall flavors!

  • Jim – Yes, you can make this the night before if you like. Just add the topping just before baking.

  • This sounds so comforting! I love the use of the multi-grain bread, too. Thanks for the recipe!

  • I love this recipe, all those wonderful ingredients, thanks for sharing!

  • Too funny, I posted a bread pudding/dessert with the same bread. Great minds think a like! Good luck with the contest!

  • MMM now this is what i call an evil shenanigan. for some reason this recipe totally fills me with giddyness!

  • Jen

    I want this so badly it hurts.

  • To. Die. For. I hope you win so I can try this in the tasting pavilion. I’m all about dessert for breakfast (leftover cake, anyone?)

  • Wow, this looks amazing. I’m a big fan of maple syrup on my sausage, so I love this combo!!

  • Joy

    Great recipe. I got to try this this weekend.

  • Interesting – I’m going to have to try this one! Your creativity gets my PFB Vote!

  • Wonderful idea! We are big fan of bread pudding and of brunch so this is a great way to combine them!

  • What great inspiration! No, really, I’m not just being corny. I never would have thought of this. Yum. 🙂

  • Sound packed with flavor! Thanks for sharing.

  • What a unique bread pudding…I’ve never made a savory one and this really could be what I call ‘Breakfast for Dinner!’

  • I love savory puddings so this is great for me to try.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black

    You had me at “breakfast and dessert!”

  • I am saving this – will definitely warm the sweet cockles of my hungry family in the coming chilly mornings.

  • I love how you made them in those cute little pots. They look like the perfect dish for breakfast or even an elegant brunch.

  • Hey, I wouls eat this for breakfast any day! It looks wonderful. BTW….I dropped by your PFB prfile and voted. Best of luck to you in the competition. 🙂

  • I would have never thought of this off the cuff but it’s an AMAZING idea 🙂 Looks super delish.

  • You really are evil… and brilliant! These look incredible!

  • OMG this sounds good. Especially with the sweet+savory combo with the sausage.

  • This looks divine. I love how you have combined proteins and carbs in a refined but homey dish. You better win this competition because reading this post almost made me break my three week vegan challenge!!!

  • i cannot wait to try this tomorrow!!

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