French Toast Bread Pudding and a Giveaway

I’m a BIG fan of French toast. It’s just so comforting and delicious. Imagine taking the flavors of French toast and putting them into another comfort food – bread pudding. That’s what this recipe does.

I had the opportunity to go to an event a Panera a couple weeks ago. I got to taste their new steak sandwich and salad. Both were really good. I also had the opportunity to meeet some great people who work at Panera and Childrens Hospital Boston. You might be wondering how the two are related. Well, right now, select Boston area Panera cafes are donating a percentage of the proceeds from the Easter egg cookie sales to Children’s Hospital Boston.

After spending the evening with the folks at Panera, I decided I wanted to try one of their recipes found on myPanera.com. I grabbed a couple French toast bagels to make this bread pudding.

The lovely people at Panera have offered a giveaway so you can head into Panera and get your favorite lunch or try the new steak sandwich. To win the $15 gift certificate, just leave a comment before 12 noon (EST) on Wednesday April 6th letting me know what your go-to Panera order is. I always get the Pick-2 with the Turkey Bravo sandwich and the Ceasar salad. It always hits the spot.

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French Toast Bread Pudding

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 Panera Bread French Toast Bagels, cut into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half
Grated zest of a 1/2 orange

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF. Coat a 2-quart baking dish or eight 6- to 8-ounce ramekins with cooking spray and set the dish or ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Put bagel pieces in baking dish or ramekins in an even layer. If using raisins, scatter on top.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until blended. Whisk in milk, half-and-half, and orange zest.

Pour egg mixture over bagel pieces, then press down with a spatula until completely coated. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, pressing down now and then to saturate bagel pieces.

Put baking sheet with the baking dish or ramekins in the oven, then pour very hot tap water into the baking sheet to about 1/4 inch up the sides of the baking dish or ramekins.

Bake until pudding is just set in the center, 60 to 75 minutes for the baking dish or 35 to 45 minutes for ramekins. Remove and let cool until warm to the touch.

Recipe from Panera Bread

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97 Responses to “Geoff and Drew’s Giveaway”

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    Carol — January 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I would love some Toffee Brownies–yummy!

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    Carol — January 31, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Tweeted!

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    kelly — January 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    If I won I would definitely try the chocolate sampler basket.

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    A Boston Food Diary — January 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Yummmm Geoff and Drews ARE delicious! Brownies sound delicious right now!

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    Ajgianna — January 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Tweeted. Thanks!

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    Audrey — January 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Oops! Tweeted under “Boston Food Finds”…ajgainna@hotmail.com.

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    Susan (Oliepants) — January 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I would order the silver celebration box of cookies and brownies! It really is hard to pick either or because the cookies and brownies look (and I’m sure taste!) delicious!!!! And the packaging is so pretty! I’m all over the double fudge! πŸ™‚

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    Ashley Tiblier — January 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I would want to try all of the cookie and brownie flavors!

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    Ashley Tiblier — January 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I like Geoff and Drew’s on Facebook.

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    Ljyoung85 — January 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    A cookie and brownie combo. I want to try both!

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    Bianca Garcia — January 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I’d love to try the signature brownies!

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    Lecklund24 — January 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Ahh the variety sampler πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Soooo much goodness in one little box πŸ™‚

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    krissy (dainty chef) — January 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I think the white chocolate cranberry cookie box! Yum!

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    Ashley — January 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I would pick the I Love You Red box. Yummy stuff!

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    BostonGirl — January 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    The Silver Sampler looks terrific, and I would send it to my friend Ali in Cali! πŸ™‚

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    kimz — January 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Oh what I would do to send my boyfriend the Sweetheart Treats Crate. Sweets for my sweets!

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    kimz — January 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Geoff & Drew’s FB page? Liked liked liked!

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    starsquiggle — January 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I would love to try the White Chocolate Cranberry

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    starsquiggle — January 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    i “liked” Geoff and Drew on Facebook

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    starsquiggle — January 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I Tweeted on Geoff and Drew’s Twitter page

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    Pam — January 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Yum! I would love to try the signature chocolate chip cookies!

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    Pam — January 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Also “liked Geoff and Drer’s” on Facebook

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    Jen @ BakedByJen — January 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I’d love the Assorted Brownies and Cookies!

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    Danielle — January 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I would love to get an assortment–try everything!

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    Danielle — January 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    tweeted @danid320

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    Danielle — January 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Geoff and Dre’s facebook page has been “liked”!

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    Missbrandy — January 31, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I’d get the Pretty in Pink 8 cookies- 8 brownies box. They’d be perfect for a fund-raising event I’m doing for the Susan G Komen 3day for the cure walk!

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    Missbrandy — February 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I’ve liked G&D on facebook!

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    Christina — February 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I would order the Silver Celebration of cookies – variety is the spice of life! πŸ™‚

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    Ellen — February 1, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Mmmm, I would certainly order a box of just the white chocolate cranberry cookies.
    Sounds fantastic!

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    Katy Sundararajan — February 1, 2011 at 1:11 am

    My choice would be the “I Love you Red – 8 Cookies & 8 Brownies,” the total chocolate version, as my Valentine has a serious sweet tooth. πŸ™‚ Oo! I hope I win!

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    Alexis Ellysse Adams — February 1, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I liked Geoff and Drew’s facebook page! πŸ™‚ I LOVE cookies!!! YUM!

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — February 1, 2011 at 1:15 am

    What a great giveaway! I’m a big fan of the white chocolate cranberry cookies!

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    sab1976 — February 1, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Yellow Celebration – 8 Cookies & 8 Brownies

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    Jenny — February 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I’d love some double fudge cookies πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer Landers — February 1, 2011 at 1:30 am

    I would purchase the giant cookie heart…yummy!!

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    Whitequiet — February 1, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I would love some of the assorted brownies!

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    Patricia — February 1, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I would choose the Silver Sampler. It sounds delicious.

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    Jennifer Landers — February 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I liked them!

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    Kelly V — February 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I’d send my mom and her coworkers the giant heart brownie

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    Alicia Fidalgo — February 1, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I would definitely get one of the assortment packs for my parent’s for valentine’s day! They’d love to try all the flavors of cookies!

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    Annie H — February 1, 2011 at 2:02 am

    All of the brownie flavors sound delicious, so I would get a brownie assortment.

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    Cara — February 1, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I’d never choose just one kind of cookie or brownie. I’d be all over the pretty in pink combo box!

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    Cara — February 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

    tweeted for you!

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    Sarah C — February 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I would have to go with the Silver Celebration of 16 Assorted Brownies. We LOVE brownies!

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    Sarah C — February 1, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I liked them on FB!

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    Susie — February 1, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I’m so getting the Valentine’s Day 12 cookie and 4 brownie combo. Mmm…cranberry and chocolate!

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    Susie C — February 1, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I like Geoff and Drew’s on facebook, too!

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    Lynne — February 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Probably the assorted pack of brownies. That way I can try more than one type!

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    Shelly8806 — February 1, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I’d get the Pretty in Pink box so I can try a little bit of everything.

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    Shelly8806 — February 1, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I liked Geoff & Drew’s on Facebook.

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    Sarah — February 1, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I would go for the combination of brownies and cookies. They are all making me drool, omg!

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    chelsea rose — February 1, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I would definitely get a cookie and brownie combination. Both are sooooo delicious!!

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    chelsea rose — February 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

    and i like them on facebook πŸ™‚

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    kayla — February 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

    i’d order the valentine’s sampler to send to my mother πŸ™‚

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    kayla — February 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

    i like geoff and drew on facebook!

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    Jodonnell — February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    toffee brownies!!

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    Eva — February 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    My best friend is having a baby girl in 2 weeks, so I’d order the Pastel Mini Tower for her!

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    Jen — February 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I would get a cookie-brownie combo…best of both worlds!! ; )

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    HeatherLynne13 — February 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I would go for a cookie/brownie combo. Definitely the white chocolate cranberry cookies though!

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    Tiffany and Ryan — February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I would order the white chocolate cranberry cookies. Everything on their site looks yummy!

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    Daisy — February 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I stand by that statement. These cookies are heaven. sign me up for chocolate chip!

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    Erin — February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I’d get the Pretty in Pink-the 12 cookies & 4 brownies. Yum! πŸ™‚

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    Daisy — February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Liked them on Facebook!

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    Daisy — February 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Tweeted πŸ™‚

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    Caroline — February 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    That giant brownie heart has my name on it!

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    Cheryl — February 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Mmm. I am in love with brownies and my husband loves chocolate chip cookies so I’d order some of each! I “liked” them on FB also. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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    Becky — February 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Yum Yum Yum – I’d definitely get the Double Fudge Cookies!

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    Helen — February 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Too many goodies to choose just one, so I’d go with the Cookies, Brownies, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels & Buttercrunch combo!

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    Amandaaldi — February 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Oh my god, probably the mint or toffee brownies!! Everything looks so good!
    And no, I hadn’t heard of them and I live in Cambridge!!

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    Amandaaldi — February 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I also just liked them on Facebook! πŸ™‚

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    Coleen — February 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I think brownie sampler would be amazing. I would love to try the mint and toffee brownies especially.

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    Marcie — February 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, these look delish, I would order some brownies for me and my honey!

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    Marcie — February 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Liked them on Facebook

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    Nicole — February 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Yum! I would love any of the cookie assortments!

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    Jessie — February 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I would choose the I Love You Red brownie / cookie combo. Looks delish!

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    Amber-Lyn Johnson — February 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I would use my winning certificate on a brownie and cookie assortment. They look yummy!

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    Amber-Lyn Johnson — February 2, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I like Geoff and Drew’s Facebook Page

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    Amber-Lyn Johnson — February 2, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

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    Anthea — February 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Anthea — February 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh yes, and I’d get the double fudge cookies!

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    DC2ALB — February 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I would order the Silver Sampler for my best friend’s birthday. Might do that anyway…

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    DC2ALB — February 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Tweeted it as @DC2ALB

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    Susan O — February 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I would order the toffee brownies or double fudge cookies–yum!!

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    Susan O — February 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I like Geoff and Drew on facebook!

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    Aimee — February 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I like the Winter Snowflake assorted brownies

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    eatrunread — February 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Oh wow! I want the Silver Assorted Brownies box! Yummm!

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    Carly — February 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    OMG toffee brownies and double chocolate cookies. I’m drooling

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    Carly — February 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I like Geoff and drew on fb!

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    susitravl — February 3, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I would definitely get the Double Fudge Cookies.
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    susitravl — February 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Like Geoff & Drew on FB
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Linda — February 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I’d want the Fall Foliage Gift Box. Sounds yummy!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — February 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I remember everyone raving about these. I’d get the Yellow Celebration – 8 Cookies & 8 Brownies. It sounds like the perfect sampler πŸ™‚

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    Amanda L. — February 4, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I would probably get one of the variety samplers. Try one of each!

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    Amanda L. — February 4, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I tweeted the giveaway!

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    Lilmeyoga — February 4, 2011 at 3:05 am

    We call the buttercrunch, heaven in a bag!! πŸ™‚

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    Mary — February 4, 2011 at 3:31 am

    These are the best cookies and brownies. I hope my husband orders me some! πŸ™‚

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