Thrifty and Frugal-Using Stale Donuts

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago (post HERE) that I picked up a couple dozen donuts that were marked down to $1.00 a dozen. My Kroger generally marks their bakery items down around 8:00 pm. So, I try to shop late in the evening whenever possible.

Once I get home, I go through the donuts and package up the ones that freeze the best and pop them into the freezer. Whenever we want a little snack, we can just take one out, microwave for a few seconds, and have a donut. I really prefer NOT to have donuts sitting around available and staring me in the face! So, I generally just leave a few out and package up the rest.

However, another great thing to do with day old or stale donuts, especially cake donuts is to use them to make bread pudding. Of course, any of the day old or stale bread products are good to freeze and make bread pudding with as well. However, bread pudding made from cake donuts is very yummy.

My mom used to do weekly trips to the bakery outlet stores and she used to find bags of crushed donuts. They sold them super cheap (around $0.25 a bag) and she would make donut bread pudding with them as a special treat from time to time. I go to the outlet bakeries as well but, I never see this any more. They must just throw them out. What a shame.

Check out this recipe:
From Blogger Coleen's Recipes (The picture above is Coleen's. Doesn't it look awesome!)
6 day old donuts
1/2 cup raisins
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease an 8" x 8" baking dish.

Cut the donuts into 8ths and place in the baking dish - sprinkle with raisins. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over the donuts and push the donuts down into the liquid a little. IMPORTANT STEP: Let the donuts absorb the liquid for about 30 minutes before putting into the oven.

Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden. It will sound hollow (and spring back a little) when you tap the top of the bread pudding with your fingers. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Another recipe from Food Network's Chef Michael Chiarello:
Bread pudding:

1 stick unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

5 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins

16 cake doughnuts

Rum sauce:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 pound confectioners' sugar

Dark rum, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, combine butter and sugar briefly, just until it forms into a ball. Add eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, and vanilla, and process until blended.

Lightly butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Break up the doughnuts into 1-inch pieces and layer in the pan. Scatter the raisins over the top. Pour the egg mixture over the doughnuts; soak for 5 to 10 minutes. You will need to push doughnut pieces down during this time to ensure even coverage by egg mixture.

Cover with foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to brown the top. The donut bread pudding is done when the custard is set, but still soft.

Make the rum sauce: melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan, and take off the heat. Add confectioners' sugar to the melted butter and whisk to blend. Add rum, to taste. Pour the sauce over the bread pudding and allow to soak in

I'm not a big fan of rum sauce but, I like to make a vanilla sauce or maple sauce to drizzle over the top. And depending on what flavor of donuts are in the pudding, I also like to make an orange cream sauce.

Bread puddings in general are a very simple thing to make and a great way to use up stale leftovers. Not to mention, you can toss in any of those little dabs of things that are leftover from other baked treats. Dried fruits, nuts, stale coconut, chocolate chips or any other flavor baking chips. There is no "absolutes" when making bread pudding. Just use what you have and what you like.

And for more yummy tummy ideas, head over to Blessed With Grace. This week Lisa has Mexican Pizza and they look delish!

And Jen over at Tasty Tuesday is giving some great tips on saving money on meats. Not to mention all the other great blog link ups with their tasty dishes!

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  1. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW!!! what a GREAT!!! idea. THANKS!!! Geri

  3. Oh my fun and wonderful. Makes me want to hike a trip out to the Discount Bakery. Awesome. Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

  4. I am so gonna try this. My mother-in-law loves bread pudding and I am always looking for something out of the ordinary. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh my Mercy! I just showed this to my co-worker and we agree you deserve a prize for donut bread pudding.

  6. I once worked where the cook used leftover sweet things to make cookies. Does anyone have a recipe for that?


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