Thursday, December 6, 2012

Moon Pie Bread Pudding

I promised you the recipe for my world famous Moon Pie Bread Pudding in the last post, Holiday Breakfast in Bed. . . . Oh--that's right--it's not world famous. . . .but, it's what my Santa Honey calls it.
Guess it went to my head. . . .

I've been fascinated with bread puddings for years now--trying to perfect it for fire cooking, as well as in the electric oven. I'm also a thrifty person--hate to throw away anything--and that includes left-over and/or stale bread--and--of all things, Moon Pies.

At the end of each tour through the historic district, we offer everyone a mini Moon Pie. Regular Moon Pies were popular back in the 1930s because they were sweet, filling, and cheap. A cola and a Moon Pie were only 5 cents. Every year I stock up on them whenever I find a sale. At the end of the season, we inevitably have Moon Pies left. They go in the freezer for Santa Honey to snack on during the winter. He has a bad sweet tooth!

One day, I went to the freezer to get the package of left-over bread and saw all those boxes of Moon Pies. . . .Hmmmmm. . . ."Wonder what they'd taste like in the pudding?"

The Moon Pie Bread Pudding recipe was born.

I have to admit, it took me several times to perfect it. . . .Each time, John liked it. . . .but, it wasn't exactly right for me. . . .Finally, I got it!
I was happy with it. . . .John was in love with it. . . .I wrote it down. . . .

You may have to adjust to your liking. . . .but, here are the basics. . . .It's almost fool proof. . . .

Dru's Moon Pie Bread Pudding

Begin with a 9 x 9" OR 7 1/2 x 10 1/2" glass pan and grease well.
Tear left-over bread into pieces. 
If bread is too fresh, toast it a little.
I like to mix my breads--French makes the best pudding--
but I've also mixed French, white, and wheat--sometimes a
few biscuits, too. Remember--this is a thrifty recipe--so
anything goes. . . .

 Layer bread pieces in the pan, about half way up.
Place 6 whole Mini Moon Pies, any flavor, on top. 
I try to place them so that there's a Moon Pie in the center of each serving.
Fill in around the pies with more bread. Don't be stingy!

Now, make the custard. . .

Melt 3 Tablespoons butter
Whisk in 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
Then 3 large eggs, whisk
Add 2 1/4 cups milk
(I like to use 1 cup buttermilk and 1 1/4 cups regular milk) 
Add  1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

Pour custard over the bread mixture, and gently push Moon Pies down
enough to slightly coat with custard--don't mash the bread too much!

Let stand for 5-10 minutes, til the bread soaks up some of the custard.
Bake at 350 degrees until the pudding is set in the center--
slightly browned at the edges,
approximately 45 minutes.

As it cooks, the pudding will puff up like this--Don't let it scare you! It will go down while cooling. . . .

Drizzle a little white glaze (powdered sugar, cream or milk, a little vanilla or other flavor) over the top while hot. Serve warm or cold. Makes 6 servings.
In the photo, I topped with a few dried cranberries and whole almonds. Fudge or caramel sauce is delicious, too.

Need more than 6 servings? This recipe is easily doubled. . . .
I warn you--it disappears fast!

from my farm kitchen to yours. . . .


Julie Marie said...

Oooh Dru, thank you sooo much for sharing your world famous recipe!... it looks sooo yummy!... I grew up on Moon Pies and RC Cola!... (maybe that's why I am so sweet, tee hee hee!)... now, I want to bake up a batch of those and stir up some memories... xoxo Julie Marie

Junkchiccottage said...

All I can say is YUM!!!!! This looks so yummy.

Anonymous said...

All I saw was 'Moon Pie' in the title and I was here. This looks so delicious and will certainly try it. Thanks for sharing.

blessings, jill

Old Time Cindy said...

All I can say is...OMG!!! :) I live in bourbon country so my bread pudding gets a bourbon sauce poured over it. Well, everything gets bourbon poured over it.
Farmhouse hugs,

Anne said...

Wow now that is what I call heaven on a plate! Can't wait to try this one! Thank you so much for sharing!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Wow! This sounds so good. I love moonpies. They are part of my heritage. I recall eating a moonpie with an RC Cola. Awesome posting. It sure brought back many childhood memories.
I found your blog on Eggs in My Pocket.

Diane said...

Bread pudding is one of my favorite things and adding moon pies to it just makes it extra special. I'm a recent follower on GFC. Thanks for sharing and I hope you'll visit and follow me back!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Now I love bread pudding. Moon pies, not so much. Looks very tasty though. May just have to give it a whirl. Loved the interesting fact about the Moon Pies and soda. I save my leftover bread all year and make my homemade stuffing with it. I just set it out to dry completely. Then I toss it in a zip lock gallon bag and throw it down in the food storage. That's what my mom did. I've never had to freeze it. Which is good for me because hubby always buys beef and pork so I freezer is pretty full. Must let it dry totally though.

kelly said...

I love bread puddings , but I am not sure what a Moon Pie is. What's in a moon pie. It does look delicious.


Pendra said...

Looks delicious...had to pin!

cynthia lee designs said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe for Moon Pie Bread Pudding. It looks and sounds so yummy!!

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

That looks really yummy!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Yikes!! That sounds really yummy! My husband has a huge sweet tooth, I bet he would love these, too! Thank you for sharing such a fun recipe.

Erin Case said...

The dollar store has the 6 packs of mini-moon pies now. I should've bought two packs as my husband ate two of the pies before I had a chance to make it. I used potato bread instead of white or wheat....mmmmmmm.....droooolllll

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