Sunday favorites - Stale Donuts

Here we are Sunday again, and that means time for a Sunday Favorite! Chari over at "Happy to Design" invites us to share a past post.

I posted this last summer and thought I would reshare it with you. It's all about stale donuts. LOL

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.

Donuts Bread Pudding:
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.

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  1. Wow, I think I gained 2 pounds just reading this blog about donuts! You just can't beat a warm donut with a cup of hot tea - yum! Linda

  2. Hi! These recipes sound so great! I tend to forget all about bread pudding recipes and using up leftovers like that. I have never heard of the donut recipes, though! I bet those cake donuts make bread puddings that are to die for.

    Thanks so much, Karen

  3. Yum, yum, yum! LOVE bread pudding- what a great idea to use donuts! And perfect timing as I'm planning on making donuts in the morning!
    xoxo Pattie

  4. Been a long time since I had bread pudding - and never made it with donuts before! Hubby does not like raisins or dried fruits, so I've never fixed him anything like that. He claims he is not fussy, but if that is true, then he is the MOST fussy NON fUSSY person I have ever met!!!
    When we go to the Used Bread Store, the crushed breads and crumbled donuts are sold in a big sack for animal food - but mostly it is the breads you find. Sometimes the donuts are given to the churches for Sunday coffee if they are outdated.

  5. Never thought of using doughnuts to make bread pudding but will give it a shot, sounds delicious, except there won't be any raisins in mine!

  6. That recipe sounds Divine. wow wow I'll take the extra raisens Mimi did bt want lol..


  7. I love bread pudding with Rum sauce. It would never have occurred to me to make it with day old donuts. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Bread pudding is my absolute favorite! I have never thought of making it with stale donuts though. Thanks for the recipe and I will try this soon.

  9. Hello there sweet lady,

    My how yummy, I adore bread pudding!I must try this recipe!

    Do pop by for a visit again some time!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ the Plumed Pen

  10. Hi sweet friend...

    Ohhh...I love bread pudding!!! I have never thought to use day old donuts but it sure sounds good! Thank you for the great tip and also for including the recipe! You know...I like to just drizzle cream over my bread yummy!

    Well Darlin', thank you so much for joining in with Sunday Favorites...this was a great post to reshare! Ohhh...and by the way...I love, love, LOVE your last giveaway with the entire tablescape as the gift! How utterly fabulous!!! I didn't sign up for it, since I already won those gorgeous spring plates! I would feel guilty if I won both! Hehe!

    Thank you again for joining in with Sunday Favorites, dear friend!

    Have a fabulous day!
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...just wanted to make sure that you knew that I was canceling Sunday Favorites next Sunday...April 4th since I will be away and it's Easter Sunday...however we will resume regular schedule on the 11th!


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