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 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


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


Preheat oven to 350ºF. 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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23 Responses to “Graeter’s Ice Cream Party and a Giveaway”

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    Carol — April 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Love the black raspberry flavor!

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    Carol — April 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Twitter follower!

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    Carol — April 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Tweeted the message!

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    Elizabeth — April 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Oh my God! Oh.My.God. I have been looking for a strawberry chocolate chip ice cream forever!! Actually thought about making it myself.

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    JLYNCH6341 — April 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Never tried Graeter’s but I love a good ol’ vanilla ice cream

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    JLYNCH6341 — April 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Facebook follower of Graeter’s!

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    Jecka — April 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love that you moved from Cincy to Boston… becuase I moved from Boston to Cincy! Haha. I do plan on returning to Boston at some point, but for now I can be happy walking 10 minutes to the Graeter’s shop near me. 🙂

    Anyway, my favorite flavor is… well… a tie between black raspberry chip (duh) and toffee chip. Yum!

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    Kara — April 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    They all look so good, but I think I would try mint chocolate chip!

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    Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd — April 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I love dessert hybrids, so blueberry pie would be what I would order at Graeters!

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    Kathy — April 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    OOOOh Ice Cream. I love ice cream. I would want to try the caramel flavor (I’m in the middle of an obsession)!

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    Kathy — April 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    FB liked!

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    Kathy — April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand Tweeted.

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    LHerrema — April 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I would love to taste the buckeye blitz! Sounds amazing.

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    LHerrema — April 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I like Graeters on FB.

  15. #
    JoAnn — April 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Black razzzzzzz!! Yum!

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    Jeremy — April 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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    bikeohio — April 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I like you on FB as Jay Cee. I want to try Mint Chocolate Chip!

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    bikeohio — April 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I like Graeter’s on FB as Jay Cee.

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    Tina — April 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Love Caramel!

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    Tina — April 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I Like Graeters on FB!

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    Tracy — April 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I think I would love the Black Raspberry Chip, sounds delish!

  22. #
    Tracy — April 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I like Graeter’s on Facebook!

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