My mom always makes bread pudding on New Year’s Day. I only eat it once a year so I savor every last bite. A few days ago, after making some pecan coconut muffins with my daughter, I shared my disappointment over giving up my traditional yearly indulgence. Suddenly, we both looked at the muffins and realized we had the perfect bread for our bread pudding. We chatted back and forth with excitement over how we could develop the recipe and started giggling. I literally raced to the grocery store and back and whipped this up as fast as I could. The end result? There are no words. I’m so elated about this recipe, I’ve been skipping and humming around the house all day.
This dessert encompasses everything about the holidays to me. Sweet memories of family, cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of sweetness in the form of a rich, indulgent gift. Everything you want in a holiday dessert. It takes a few steps, but rewards you richly for all the work.