It’s Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana! And, as with any holiday, food and sweets are the second most important part, just behind family. When trying to think of a recipe to share, we wanted to do something a little different than the traditional king cake. Almost immediately mom suggested mixing king cake with our favorite bread pudding recipe from her mom and my Granny. As much as I hate to admit it, I wasn’t too keen on the idea, but really I just wasn’t sure how it would work. Determined to prove me wrong, my mom began scouring Pinterest. Within minutes she stumbled upon a king cake bread pudding recipe at showmeyournola.com! It was such a simple switch! However, to keep it in the family so to speak, we used Granny’s recipe to bring together these two tasty Louisiana traditions. With seven ingredients and a total of about one hour prep and cook time, the results were delicious!
1 King Cake (we chose a cinnamon-filled variety)
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 1 ½ quart baking dish
Cut up the king cake into small pieces
Combine and mix all ingredients in a bowl
Cook for 45 minutes or until top is light brown and there is no jiggle 😉
Let cool and enjoy!!
**Note: living in a house built over one hundred years ago, my mom only has a convection oven, so the baking time is based on that appliance. My Granny’s original recipe calls for a one hour baking time, so plan according to your situation.
The result was amazing! We even brought a couple pieces to Granny, the bread pudding queen, and she said, “My bread pudding is good, but y’all really hit it on the head with this one!”
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