Coffee Donut Bread Pudding

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

Mother’s Day is one of those sacred days; those Hallmark Holidays that remind us what is truly important in life.

I’ve talked a lot about my mom on this blog. There is a reason that so many of my posts are filled with memories and lessons from her: She has been the single most dominating and forceful influence in my life.

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!  

From the profound to the mundane, she is the reason I am a lot of things I am.

  1. She is the reason I am never more than an arms length away from a book: she read to me every single night from the time I was an infant to middle school. Yes, middle school. (We read JR Tolkin together.) Even though she had a fulltime job as a consultant and there were probably a million other adult things she could have been doing, she made time to read me “just one more”.
  2. She is the reason I am obsessed with words. When my mom drove me to daycare she would teach me words just for fun. How many two year olds do you know who can casually use “copacetic” in a sentence?
  3. She is the one who started my love-affair with chocolate.
  4. She showed me that success takes hard work, long hours, and sacrifice.
  5. A life spend emulating her is the reason that nothing short of perfect is good enough, even though she celebrates my less-than-perfect-self all the time.
  6. She is the reason that I see physical strength and fitness as an integral part of being a strong, successful woman. After she read to me every night, she would work out no matter how late it was or how early she had to wake up.
  7. She is the reason that I hate buying anything if it isn’t on sale, and the one who taught me that wasting is a sin.

I digress. This post isn’t about what she taught me and how she helped shape the adult I am today; it’s a thank you. [It’s also about bread pudding but I’ll get to that! Patience 🙂 ]

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

Thank you for always being there to pick up the pieces, or help me hold together those last remaining pieces as the case may be. There are not words enough to express my thanks and gratitude for how much you have been there for me during the most stressful and complicated time in my life thus far. Over the past year you have helped me navigate the painful crumbling and tumultuous end of a marriage; a move to NYC; a divorce; a drastic and scary change in careers; the end of my life in Atlanta; a stressful, physically and emotionally demanding job; and the beginning of a new life in a new city.

Thank you for giving me space when I needed space to process or when I couldn’t handle anything more, and thank you for offering advice and emotional support when I was falling apart. Thank you for trying to make my life easier in any way you possibly can.

I could not have emerged from such a time relatively unscathed and genuinely happy without your omnipresent support. I would not be able to look towards the future with such positivity, hope and excitement if you were not in my life.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to the strongest, most beautiful mother in the world. In the world.

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

So, umm, this bread pudding….

Actually this bread pudding is AMAZING, and it was born from my inability to waste all the scrapes from my homemade Old-fashioned sour cream cake donuts & chocolate cake donuts! (See #7 above! Lol) It seemed such a shame to waste all the trimmings, so I fried them up, added an easy coffee custard and baked it up to indulgent perfection!

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

You could also make this from store-bought donuts, which would make it the easiest (as well as the most sinful) addition to Mother’s Day brunch. It is better if the donuts are a day old, so that they stand up to the custard better.

Basically this bread pudding is the marriage of two breakfast favorites: coffee and donuts. What’s not to like?!

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

I mixed chocolate and traditional sour cream but it would be good with any flavor!

Like my other bread puddings, this one is all about the crunchy topping! Make sure you don’t skip sprinkling turbinado sugar all over the top before you bake!

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

Oh and pour on the donut glaze and be happy!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the other mothers out there! You rock!

This Coffee Donut Bread Pudding takes everything you love about breakfast and bakes it into one easy dish! Cake donuts baked in a coffee custard for the perfect addition to brunch!

Coffee Donut Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Coffee Donut Bread Pudding

Ingredients

    For the Bread Pudding:
  • 5 cups cake donuts, torn or cut into 1 inch pieces (~13 donuts) (A recipe for sour cream donuts here and chocolate cake donuts here
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 3 eggs
  • Turbinado Sugar, optional
  • For the Glaze:
  • 100 g whole milk (100ML)
  • 4 g kosher salt
  • 400 g powdered sugar (3 ¼ cups)

Instructions

    To make the bread pudding:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray or butter a 8-inch square baking dish (or any dish really).
  3. Place donut pieces in a large mixing bowl. In another small bowl or quart container immersion blend together all remaining ingredients. You can also whisk it if you don’t have a stick-blender.
  4. Pour some of the liquid over donut pieces, and toss with a spatula or your hand. Continue to add the custard until donut pieces are soft but not soggy. Old donuts will take a little longer to absorb the liquid - just be patient, it's ok! You may not need all of the custard base.
  5. Scoop into prepared baking dish, compacting the donuts a little without completely smashing them. If you press too hard you will have a very dense bread pudding!
  6. Sprinkle top with turbinado (raw) sugar, if desired, and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes-1 hour. Cooking time varies greatly depending on the depth of your dish, so keep that in mind when checking. Bake until the middle gives some resistance when pressed lightly. It should not feel like it is liquid underneath. It should feel like it springs back a little when pressed gently.
  7. Cool at least 45 minutes prior to serving. This allows the custard to set.
  8. Drizzle with donut glaze and serve!
  9. For the glaze:
  10. In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, powdered sugar and salt. Cover the glaze with plastic wrap directly on the surface.

Notes:

Depending on how fresh your donuts are, you may not need all the custard. No worries! Place the left overs in a airtight container in the fridge and make some more bread pudding tomorrow!!! I know. It's all kinds of amazing. Will keep for 3 days.

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Comments

  1. Kathryn Mader says

    That’s a nice tribute to your wonderful mother. Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry for the hardships you’ve had this year. Onward and forward (with donuts and custard leading the way)!

  2. says

    I looove that list for your mama-she’s clearly an incredible woman! Especially because of how amazing you turned out! And this bread pudding is such a cool idea-I would never have thought about this combo, I love it!

  3. says

    I had been waiting for a new post ~ you’re so smart and talented, Lindsey! I have no talent in the kitchen, and I really am in awe of your ability to make so many fabulous dishes! My son loves bread pudding, and this is just the perfect one to make for him the next time I make a trip to visit. I think it is a recipe that will travel well, but I believe that I will save the glaze to add just before serving. Thanks, Jeanne
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    • Lindsey says

      Hi Jeanne! Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I am touched. This will absolutely travel well, but I, too, would add the glaze right before serving. Just make sure you cover the top of the glaze with plastic wrap on the surface so it doesn’t get a skin. Happy baking!

  4. says

    Oh Lindsey, I am so sorry to read that past few months have been tough for you! Big hug coming your day! Actually I haven’t been on your blog for ages and today I decided to check out if you have posted something new and I read this post. I am sure you will come out stronger from this, lots of love! And love what you wrote about your mom, they are the most special. Mine is not doing well these days, we are struggling with her treatment and your post just made me cry. Take care and lots of love & happiness!
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  5. says

    Oh and of course the pudding sounds fantastic! 🙂
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