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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tropical Bread Pudding With Toasty Coconut

  Hey everyone, it's my blogiversary!  It has been a whole month since I started this crazy thing.  A LOT has changed in a month!  I was originally going to just make family recipes for myself.  Something to do.  A mission to go on.  I thought it would be a fun way to mix things up.  Maybe I'd relive some childhood memories and learn some of the recipes of Matt's childhood.  Plus I could pick up some current favorites of friends and family members.  I mean, we were eating good before, but it never hurts to add some variety to the old arsenal.  I'm sure most of us tend to get in a rut and I thought this would be an excellent way to see myself out of mine.
   It was a fun idea that I was looking forward to taking on.  We were all at grandma and grandpa's one night and a couple of aunts gave me recipes.  The fun was about to begin.  On the drive home (all of maybe 15 blocks!)  I got to thinking that it would be fun to share a picture of the dish and how it went with the person who gave it to me.  I don't know why just sending individual emails didn't occur to me, to obvious I guess.  So, I sat down that night and started a blog.  The problem was I hadn't cooked any of the recipes yet!  My mom and I had made some soft pretzels a couple of days earlier, so I made that a post.
    I figured my mom could follow along daily.  She loves food blogs anyway, so I knew she would be on board.  She is my mom after all....  Then, I thought I would email a link to the contributor of the recipe.  No big deal.  The blog could act as an electronic catalog of recipes.  Which is good, because I am not great about transferring recipes from papers to cards and while my recipe cards are organized in the box, the papers and recipes torn from magazines are a mess of mostly unused craziness. Extended family could have access to each other's recipes.  Anyone who was interested could follow along.
     Fun!  It was started... I have a blog!  It didn't take long to realize a blog takes a certain amount of work.  If anyone was going to look at it I wanted it to be decent at least.  Then I realized more people than just my mom were looking at the blog. Yikes!  That inspired me to do a little more refining and a little more work.
    My hat is off to the real bloggers of the world.  There is a lot of thought, planning and work that goes into the good ones.  It has been fun to stick my toe into the water.

    I thought it would be fun to make something fun and special for my blogiversary.  I mean, any excuse for good food is enough, right?  But it turns out we went crazy this weekend with food.  I have so many posts lined up it is crazy and my refrigerator is about to explode with leftovers.  So, I did what I used to be so good at.  Reworked some leftovers, through in some odds and ends and tried to make it into something new.

    I had some pineapple and Hawaiian rolls left from making pulled pork sliders. I had maraschino cherries left from making frozen fruit salad. As we already know, my dad likes bread pudding so this was easy! I baked it off, but thought there needed to be a little something more, so I made a crispy coconut topping. Here is what I came up with:

Tropical Bread Pudding


6-8 cups leftover Hawaiian Rolls (you could supplement with any neutral flavored bread)
4 oz crushed pineapple
1/2 cup maraschino cherries and the juice they came in (I used about 1/3 cup of the "juice")
3 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar

1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Break the rolls into bite sized pieces, layer half of them in a greased 9x9pan
  2. Sprinkle crushed pineapple over top of bread and top with remaining bread
  3. Cut the cherries in half and place over top of the rolls
  4. Beat together milk, cherry liquid, eggs and sugar.  Pour over bread
  5. Let bread soak up custard for at least a half hour.  I placed mine in the fridge for a couple of hours
  6. Bake at 350 F for about 50 minutes or until center is set
  7. Mix together egg, sugar, vanilla and coconut.  Spread over top of bread pudding.
  8. Place back into a 400 F and bake for 10 minutes or until coconut is toasted


  1. Happy One Month Blogiversary! Your blog is great and so much fun to follow. I'm glad others enjoy it too!