San Francisco Bread Pudding

My mom used to make bread pudding for us. I loved it, especially with milk and sugar on it! When I saw how much stale bread was in the bread drawer, I decided to make bread pudding. I looked for a recipe that had a nice custard and also had ingredients that I loved. I wanted one that had a great sauce, too...oh, I still eat it with milk and sugar, but that is for breakfast! I needed a nice rum sauce to serve it as dessert.

My first stop was the Commander's Kitchen. I had eaten bread pudding at the Commander's Palace in New Orleans and it was wonderful. It was served with a Whiskey Sauce. That wasn't quite what I was trying to find. Next, was The Silver Palate Cookbook. As I compared, what I learned was that bread pudding is pretty basic. I wasn't certain what I was looking for but I knew I hadn't found it.

I pulled out my copy of San Francisco Encore and found a recipe that was a little different. It had raisins, coconut, pecans and a lemon rum sauce! That was worth mixing up! Prep time 10 minutes! I could go for that.

I had to adjust it along the way as I was out of a few ingredients...note to self: Next time, check the pantry and frig before starting! I used half and half instead of many calories can I add?....I also used golden raisins instead of the usual.

San Francisco Bread Pudding
5 ounces stale French bread, broken into small pieces
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients: blend well. The mixture should be very moist. Pour into a buttered 11 X 7 inch baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until set. Serve warm with Lemon Run Sauce.

Lemon Rum Sauce
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Grated rind of 1 large lemon
2 egg yolks, beaten
3 to 6 Tbsp rum

In a saucepan, combine the butter and sugar. Cook over low heat until well blended. Stir in lemon juice and rind. Pour some of the butter mixture into the yolks and whisk to blend. Pour this mixture back into the pan. Whisk over low heat until slightly thickened. Stir in rum to taste.


This was so quick to make. It is quite tasty and it satisfied my desire for bread pudding!


  1. I love bread pudding with milk and sugar. yours looks terrific!

  2. That looks excellent! I haven't had b p in ages! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This looks so good with the coconut in it! Yum! I don't remember ever eating bread pudding growing up. I made some for the 1st time a couple of years ago for Thanksgiving and I fell in love with it!

  4. Mmmm - I love bread pudding. Looks tasty.

  5. mmm--i love that coconut is involved in this. it makes a good bread pudding become a great bread pudding. ya know what else would do that? more cinnamon. :)

  6. The coconut is what sold me on the recipe! More cinnamon would make a difference. I will make a note to increase it on the next attempt! Thanks!

  7. I love bread pudding of all kind and will be trying this when things cool down. I have this cookbook!


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