Cinnamon-Swirl Pecan-Crunch Breakfast Bread Pudding

by Charlie Rioux on February 9, 2011

About 1 year ago, I made bread pudding for the first time.
And I didn’t know what bread pudding was. It just looked good on the picture ;-).

I loved it.
Which is normal since I love any breakfast served with maple syrup.
And I love french toast. And let’s face it, bread pudding is practically the same as french toast.

Cinnamon-Swirl Pecan-Crunch Breakfast Bread Pudding

Adaptation of “Cinnamon-Swirl Breakfast Bread Pudding”, Cosmopolitan, October 2009

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 loaf day-old crusty bread
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • Nonstick cooking spray or oil
  • Maple syrup

Directions: Cut the bread into cubes. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add the brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk until incorporated. Stir the bread and pecans in the egg mixture until coated.
Coat 2 bread pans with cooking spray or a little oil. Pour in the bread pudding and sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired. Cover with foil and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, preheat oven to 350°F. If your bread pans are in glass, make sure to let them sit on the counter a little so that they do not break from the change of temperature.
Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes. Serve with maple syrup.

Serves 6

Start by cutting your bread into cubes.


Now whisk eggs and milk & add in brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

Stir in the bread and pecans. Coat well.

Oil 2 bread pans and pour in the bread pudding.

Cover with foil and let sit in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, bake at 350°F for 30 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered.
Enjoy with maple syrup!

This bread pudding is amazing! The cinnamon gives a great flavor and the pecans add a great crunch. It is as good as a leftover, which is perfect for me! Just reheat in the microwave (or the oven if you don’t use the microwave) and you have an other delicious breakfast!

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briarrose February 9, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Oh my that looks good. My tummy grumbled a little.


Tiffany February 10, 2011 at 1:16 AM

Did you say pecan crunch?!?!?!? YUM! Thanks for sharing!


Melissa@EyesBigger February 10, 2011 at 2:44 AM

I've never had bread pudding for breakfast before but now your post tells me it's allowed so I'm gonna start! 😉


Laury@TheFitnessDish February 10, 2011 at 4:07 AM

You are torturing me here. This looks SO good! I bought some bread that is not frozen for the first time today. I was in the mood for "fresh" bread. But it's the kind that will go bad MUCH faster than I will eat it. Now I have something to do with it when it's stale! Thanks!


Steph February 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Ooh! I could easily go for some of this right now! I totally agree with you about the relationship between french toast and bread pudding. They're twins


Ang February 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

This dish looks amazing. I'm a very picky bread pudding person, but for breakfast, this is perfect. And that maple syrup to swirl every bite in, man oh man.


Torviewtoronto February 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

delicious combination looks flavourful with cinnamon


Kate @ February 11, 2011 at 3:45 AM

Bread pudding is so good… I actually look forward to the bread getting stale so I can make some bread pudding! :)


Treat and Trick February 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Looks perfect and yum!


Lisa February 13, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Yum, this bread pudding looks like the ultimate treat. It sounds very delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your pudding up.


Anonymous February 13, 2011 at 8:30 PM

How any cups of cubed bread are you supposed to wind up with? Or, how many ounces was the half a loaf of bread (or even the whole loaf weight)?


Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy February 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

@anonymous I used half a 600g loaf of bread.


Anonymous February 14, 2011 at 4:40 AM

Thanks, Charlie!


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