A Southern Grace: decadence defined

December 8, 2014

decadence defined


You want decadence? I've got your decadence right here.

Cinnamon rolls are a treat, to be sure. They take a bit more time and effort to make at home than many foods and are never lacking in calories. If you find yourself craving a cinnamon roll but a)don't want to go to the trouble to make them yourself, and b)haven't found a decent bakery anywhere nearby, let me go ahead and recommend a particular packaged variety to you: Duchess. I've seen their facilities and I know what kind of care they take in formulating, making, and packing their products.

If you find yourself in possession of six or so of these tasty rolls and time gets away from you, you should take advantage of that and make this bread pudding. The recipe is simple and the rewards are great. I jazzed mine up with some easy caramel sauce, but a plop of whipped topping will definitely suffice.

Cinnamon Roll-Me-Away-From-the-Table Bread Pudding with Spiced Caramel Sauce
Makes 9 servings
  • 1 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
To make the bread pudding, first grease an 8x8-inch pan.
Chop the cinnamon rolls into 1-inch pieces and scatter them into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the pecans on top.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt and pour over the rolls and nuts.
Press the pieces of cinnamon roll down so that the batter can soak into each crevice. Let the mixture sit for an hour, pressing down occasionally.
When about 45 minutes have passed, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, then after an hour, bake the pudding until no liquids appear when you press down gently in the middle and the edges are browned and puffy, about 50-60 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
To make the sauce, mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
Turn off the heat, add the vanilla and spices, and let cool slightly. You can serve it warm (it will be thin) or refrigerate until cold and spoonable.

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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Extremely decadent! That is one fabulous bread pudding.



Pam said...

Could a dessert get ANY better? It looks amazing.

Barbara said...

Oh Lordy, would have been better not to visit you today!
That sauce is killing me. I'd pour it over just about anything, even if I hadn't already eaten all of it with a spoon. Love caramel SO much better than chocolate!
Total yum, Grace.

Angie's Recipes said...

o boy..this is sensationally divine! That sauce is killing me, Grace.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Yep...I looked up decadence in the dictionary and there was a photo of this wonderful stuff. Oh my goodness this looks soooooo good! :)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Did you save me any? I hope so.... this looks absolute wonderful! I don't think we have Duchess up here, but I will certainly watch for that name!

Joanne said...

I'm not sure that we ever have leftover cinnamon rolls, but in the event that we do...I know what I'll be making!

Joanne said...

I'm not sure that we ever have leftover cinnamon rolls, but in the event that we do...I know what I'll be making!

Beth said...

Those are definitely decadent! Looks spectacular.

~~louise~~ said...

Sinful Grace! Save me some:)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh my lordy Grace. That looks incredible!! Drooling here....

Erica said...

Wow! This looks absolutely amazing,Grace!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Cinnamon rolls with a whole lot of plus, I am dying here. Why is the picture virtual?? :P

Choc Chip Uru