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Bread Puddin'--for Breakfast???

Lord Honey, y'all might think of bread puddin' as bein' a sweet after-dinner treat, otherwise known as dessert. Well I've got a little switch-up for ya--How about bread puddin' for the first meal of the day--That's right--Breakfast. My "Hearty Breakfast Bread Puddin" recipe is the perfect way to provide a one-pot meal with all the sweet and savory flavors of a traditional breakfast.

Hearty Breakfast Bread Puddin’

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 6-8


1-pound breakfast sausage

2-apples, any variety, cored and cubed (you can peel if desired)

½-jalapeno, seeded removed and diced (optional)

½-tsp ground ginger (optional)

½-cup butter

1/2-tsp salt

2-cups milk or half&half

4-eggs, beaten

2-TBSP maple syrup

10-cups any day old bread, cubed


½-cup butter

1-cup maple syrup

Zest from half orange

2-TBSP bourbon (optional)

½-cup powder sugar, for garnish


· Preheat oven to 375°.

· In a Dutch oven or similar pot place the sausage and brown and scramble over medium heat.

· Once the sausage is cooked add the apples, jalapeno and ginger, stir and cook for 5 mins.

· Turn heat off and add the butter, stir until melted, pour in the milk, eggs and syrup stir to combine.

· Add the bread and toss until well combined and mixed up.

· Place in oven and bake for 35-45 mins or until it still jiggles slightly and medium brown.

· To make the sauce place the ingredients into a sauce pan and cook on low until butter is melted.

· Remove bread pudding from oven and pour sauce over, spoon servings onto plates and dust with powder sugar.

TIP: This can also be made with bacon or ham.


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