View Poll Results: Do you like bread pudding?
Yes. 129 83.77%
No. 19 12.34%
I don't know, I've never tried it. I might if I had the chance. 3 1.95%
I don't know, I've never tried it...and I wouldn't, looks or seems too disgusting to me. 3 1.95%
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:13 PM
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Do you like bread pudding?

Me, I love it, but so rarely have or find it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:24 PM
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It's a funny thing, because wet bread makes my gorge rise. E.g., seeing a slice of waterlogged bread in a sink repulses me. But I love bread pudding.

It's easy to make, and since I always seem to have some slightly stale homemade bread hanging around with plenty of eggs, cinnamon and milk, I have it regularly. Yes to raisins or other dried fruit, sometimes a bit of orange or lemon zest grated in, maple syrup over is particularly decadent.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:59 PM
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Love love love bread pudding, probably my favorite dessert. Especially with bourbon or rum cooked in and ice cream on the side.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:04 PM
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Never had it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:07 PM
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No option to vote for "It depends"?

I've found that bread pudding varies quite a bit. Sometimes it's sublime. Other times it's not even worth finishing the serving.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:09 PM
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I like sweet bread pudding, though I haven't had it in a long time. I do make savory bread pudding pretty often, though. My kids like it, and it's a good way to use up stale bread. Mark Bittman has a lot of suggestions for savory bread puddings, and I usually make one about once a month or so.

I did a junior year abroad at a college in Cambridge UK. The cafeteria made a nice sweet bread pudding with gooseberry sauce. Yum!

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Old 09-13-2017, 11:21 PM
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It puts weight on me like nothing else, or I'd make it once a week. Love it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:22 PM
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I love it.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:12 AM
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I think that good bread pudding is literally the best dessert in the world bar none. I used to work in a hotel that made a great one with bourbon sauce. We used to serve it at black-tie events. That shit was awesome. I have no idea why it isn't more common. It isn't especially hard to make.

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:59 AM
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Love love love it. One of my favorite desserts, which I don't get as often as I should.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:08 AM
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I love it. One of my favorite versions has chocolate chips and some chocolate sauce drizzled on it. Mmmmmm.

I like some of the savory ones too.

Can we claim french toast as a one layer bread pudding?
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:20 AM
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It/s wonderful if made with real bread. American White Bread need not apply.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:50 AM
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I've had it a few times for dessert in the UK. It's okay, but I've never tried to make it at home.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:54 AM
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Nope.

Then again I've never been a custard fan.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:12 AM
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I love it (rice pudding also).

The last time I made it I started out baking a loaf of farmhouse bread. I purposely let it sit for a few days, then made French toast for breakfast and bread pudding for that evenning's dessert.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:35 AM
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The last time I made it I started out baking a loaf of farmhouse bread. I purposely let it sit for a few days, then made French toast for breakfast and bread pudding for that evenning's dessert.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:14 AM
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:14 AM
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Me, I love it, but so rarely have or find it.
Just make your own it's really easy.

Let some bread go stale.
Then cover and soak in water.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Eat.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:27 AM
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I like it. I don't eat it very often but every so often my wife makes it.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:30 AM
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I love it (rice pudding also).

The last time I made it I started out baking a loaf of farmhouse bread. I purposely let it sit for a few days, then made French toast for breakfast and bread pudding for that evenning's dessert.
I love rice pudding more than bread pudding, but under no normal circumstances* would I say "no" to either.

I approve of your bread selection and techniques. Pretty much the same thing you would do with a good French Toast, just more custard. Mmmm.... more custard.

*abnormal circumstance: I saw you pick it up off the barn floor. You made it with spoiled milk or rotten eggs. I suspect you're tying to poison me. That kind of thing.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:30 AM
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Nope.

Then again I've never been a custard fan.
I had never regarded bread pudding as a type of custard - is the category more broad than I realized?

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Old 09-14-2017, 10:31 AM
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Forgot to actually respond to the OP: I love bread pudding.

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Old 09-14-2017, 10:34 AM
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I had never regarded bread pudding as a type of custard - is the category more broad than I realized?

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Custard is what makes it bread pudding.

Chop, cube or tear up bread, soak in custard, bake.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:52 AM
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Does not appeal to me in the slightest. My reaction might have been different if my mom had made it when I was a kid, but I never even heard of it till I was an adult. It does nothing for me.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:19 AM
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I voted no because that's generally true. There was one place where my ex-wife said I had to try it and I did like it there.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:22 AM
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Love bread pudding, with custard sauce or even brandied hard sauce. I make it to use up bread that is getting stale. I like it with chopped toasted almonds, raisins and plenty of cinnamon.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:23 AM
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I love it. Warm bread, with custard or caramel sauce. No chocolate though.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:27 AM
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Love it. With rum raisins tucked in between the bread chunks, and crisp sugary crust on top.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:27 AM
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I always enjoy bread pudding when it crosses my path, but I've never made it myself or sought it out. I'm not much of a dessert person.

I have to check out Bittman's savory bread puddings, though. A savory custard is a heavenly thing. I do a dish of artichoke bottoms baked in egg and cream that is so French it sings the Marsellaise when you take it out of the oven.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:29 AM
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Oh gods yes. I will eat ALL the bread pudding.

Unless it has chocolate in it, in which case I pass.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:47 AM
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I'm a fan. I devised a pumpkin bread pudding a few years ago that was especially delicious.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:48 AM
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I don't really understand the second option in the poll. It doesn't seem to belong there. It makes no sense.

ETA: Though I agree with Maggie about the chocolate. I will simply eat around raisins.

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Old 09-14-2017, 01:38 PM
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:54 PM
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It's fine, but pretty low on the dessert hierarchy. The sort of thing where I won't make it, go out of my way to buy it, or generally choose it over something else on the menu, but if someone wanted to share some with me I'd enjoy it.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:23 PM
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Love it if it doesn't have raisins..ick.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:21 PM
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Love it if it doesn't have raisins..ick.
If I was eating bread pudding without raisins, and someone asked me what I was eating, I'd answer, "It's kinda like bread pudding, but without raisins".

ETA: unless I was in a bitchy mood, then I'd answer, "mind your own fucking business, I'm trying to enjoy my . . .oh no you don't."

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Old 09-14-2017, 03:37 PM
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If I was eating bread pudding without raisins, and someone asked me what I was eating, I'd answer, "It's kinda like bread pudding, but without raisins".

ETA: unless I was in a bitchy mood, then I'd answer, "mind your own fucking business, I'm trying to enjoy my . . .oh no you don't."
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:00 PM
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I like sweet bread pudding, though I haven't had it in a long time. I do make savory bread pudding pretty often, though. My kids like it, and it's a good way to use up stale bread. Mark Bittman has a lot of suggestions for savory bread puddings, and I usually make one about once a month or so.
Maybe it's just me, but I would call "savory bread pudding" dressing or stuffing. And not pudding at all. Pudding is desert, and therefore sweet.

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Does not appeal to me in the slightest. My reaction might have been different if my mom had made it when I was a kid, but I never even heard of it till I was an adult. It does nothing for me.
I didn't have it until I was an adult and I loved it. Maybe you just haven't had the right kind? I could see how it can be a soggy gross mess if it isn't made right, but luckily I haven't really had bad bread pudding before.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:05 PM
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Yes. But for some reason, people started putting raisins in it. SWMBO is from New Orleans and she turns her nose up at "dead-fly" bread pudding.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:16 PM
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It's okay, but I wouldn't seek it out.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:17 PM
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Yes. But for some reason, people started putting raisins in it. SWMBO is from New Orleans and she turns her nose up at "dead-fly" bread pudding.
Raisins are the best part.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:19 PM
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Raisins are the best part.
I am fairly certain that is the most unreasonable thing that has ever been said on the Straight Dope.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:34 PM
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I am fairly certain that is the most unreasonable thing that has ever been said on the Straight Dope.
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Seriously, though - I love the raisins in bread pudding. My wife hates them, which means I rarely get to have bread pudding with raisins.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:43 PM
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What reasonable person doesn't love bread pudding!?

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:18 PM
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No option to vote for "It depends"?
No, because you either like it (overall) or you don't.

If you eat it, then chances are, you like it. If you didn't like it, then you wouldn't ever eat it (regardless of how it was made or what kind it was, etc).

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:22 PM
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Fresh out of the oven and covered in vanilla sauce (Devonshire custard).
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:28 PM
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Yes , I like bread pudding but I really can't bread anymore more . I like cornbread pudding too with vanilla ice cream on the top !
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:44 PM
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I love bread pudding, with raisins or without. Sometimes I make it with Craisins or slices of apple.

A couple of the restaurants at Walt Disney World's Polynesian Resort serve a spectacularly rich version, 'Ohana Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Sauce, a la mode: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/0...bread-pudding/
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:46 PM
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I don't really care for it. If I want that sort of flavor, I'd rather have a good cinnamon roll or coffee cake, not dressed up leftovers* as dessert. That said, I've been low-carbing off and on for what feels like centuries, so bread pudding just doesn't seem like a food at all (iow, if I'm going to egregiously gorge on carbs, it's going to be a loaded baked potato or a really awesome sandwich, not straight starch mixed with other starch and two sugars )

(*I do fully enjoy savory bread pudding, aka turkey dressing, once a year. )

Edit: I see some rather divisive comments about raisins. Plumped-up raisins are a saving grace for foods like bread pudding and cinnamon rolls.

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Old 09-14-2017, 08:06 PM
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Much to my surprise the first time I had it, Gordon Biersch has some of the best chain restaurant bread pudding in existence (IMHO). I've had it a few times since; it does not appear to be a fluke.
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