Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pina Colada Bread Pudding with (Virgin) Rum Sauce - Church PotLuck Side Dessert

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You know the song... now know the BREAD PUDDING!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bread puddings.  Stale worthless bread is transformed into an amazing dessert (or a wonderful savory side dish... but that's a post for another day).

This particular one is loaded with wonderful tropical tastes and flavors.  Pineapple and Coconut (primary ingredients in a Pina Colada) are mixed with pecans and white chocolate chips (just to make it more festive).  And then everything is mixed with a typical bread pudding (egg custard combines into a cake texture).

Yum indeed!

I should address the sauce before you tackle the recipe.  If indeed you are making this for a Church function, I would suggest the Virgin Rum Sauce.  In place of the rum, use Coconut Milk to make the sweet sauce.  Also, since there are so many sweet items in this pudding kids will naturally gravitate to this.  If you are serving this to a family potluck, special occasion, consider having the sauce on the side as an option... Or even making half portions of both a Rum sauce and a Virgin Sauce.

This is a beautiful pudding, delicious and makes a wonderful presentation.  One of my favorite GOTO desserts whenever I am asked to bring something a little special!

OK... Here's what I did...

Pina Colada Bread Pudding with (Virgin) Rum Sauce

  • 1 Loaf stale French Bread, Cut into 1 inch cubes (6-8 Cups)
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups` 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1 Stick Butter, melted
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs, Whisked
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 TBS Coconut Rum
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Cup Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 1 Cup Whole Pecans
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • For the (Optional Virgin) Rum Sauce
  • 1 Stick Butter, Melted
  • 1-1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks (Yolks Only)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Rum
  • Or for a Virgin Sauce, Use Coconut Milk
Cooking Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Milk, 1/2 and 1/2, Butter, Sugar, eggs, vanilla, Rum Coconut, Pineapple and White Chocolate Chips. 
  3. In a 9X12 sprayed pan, add bread cubes.  pour liquid over the cubes and gently mix with your hands.  DO NOT OVER MIX but be sure everything is well coated and mixins are evenly distributed. 
  4. Let stand for 15 minutes or until bread is softened and mix is soupy.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. 
  6. While the pudding is baking, make the sauce...
  7. Cream butter and sugar over medium heat til all the butter is absorbed. 
  8. Remove from heat and blend in egg yolk. 
  9. Add Rum (or coconut Milk) to your taste, stirring constantly. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  10. When the pudding is fresh out of the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes. drizzle sauce throughout the top.  Allow this to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Serve warm and ENJOY!!!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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