How to make bagel bread pudding with day old bagels, eggs and we added bananas in there too! Overnight bread pudding for Christmas breakfast.
Bread pudding with bagels actually works quite well!! If you have leftover bagels and need a recipe so they don’t go to waste this is it! I hate wasting so I get it. You can even add sliced ripe bananas into the mix for more flavor, then drizzle with maple syrup. (affiliate links present)
Bread Pudding with Bagels
You could make this as a dessert recipe for ramekins which would bake much faster. You’d need to keep an eye on them because you wouldn’t want it over-done. I would say that 10-15 minutes or so would do it. All you need is the egg to cook and solidify up but still remain moist. It is a gentle balance between the two. We are making this in a 9×13″ pan here though.
This came about when I went to my local Einstein’s Bagel and they had day old bagels for super cheap. I figured I could make something out of it beyond breakfast the next day. They were still great, just a bit harder than if they were fresh.
Banana Bagel Bread Pudding
I have made this bread pudding recipe since this first go around. I bought cinnamon raisin bagels and didn’t add any fruit since the dried grapes added a sweetness. Just included some vanilla extract that go around and it worked great. A bit like French toast bread pudding of sorts with the syrup at the end.
- 4 bagels cut into chunks
- 8 eggs
- 3 c milk
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon and vanilla
- 2 bananas ripe
- 1/2 c nuts chopped, optional
If you needed a dairy free bread pudding that is totally possible. I do the same thing for my husband using lactose free milk, or almond and vegan melted butter from Country Crock. There are tons of alterations at the store it seems like nowadays.
You’ll need a large bowl to whisk the milk and egg ingredients together before you pour it into the baking dish over the bread pieces. Some like to use heavy cream to make this, I try to keep it a bit healthier but that is another tweak you could make.
Overnight Bread Pudding
Making bread pudding overnight is really handy during the holidays. When you have 10 other dishes to make on the big day, and actually want to enjoy yourself you can make it ahead of time. Just before you go to bed you can throw this together. I will use whatever is on sale as far as the bread flavors go.
What Can I Do With Leftover Bagels?
Of all of them I do like using the raisin cinnamon variety because it already comes with a bit of sweetness in there. Great with bananas like you see here too. Sometimes you can get french toast bagels which are nice too, or blueberry is fantastic as well.
- Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place cut up bagels in an even layer across the bottom of the casserole dish.
- In a mixing bowl combine and beat the eggs, milk, salt, vanilla, and bananas together until well blended.
- Pour the egg mixture over the top of the bagel pieces.
- Cover with foil tightly and refrigerate overnight (or for at least 2 hours.)
- When ready to cook, remove the casserole from the refrigerator.
- Allow it to rest on the stove top, preheat oven to 350 degrees while you’re waiting on this for about 30 minutes.
- Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center returns clean, and top is golden brown.
- Allow to rest for 10 minutes prior to serving.
You can enjoy it as is, can whisk together some powdered sugar with just a bit of milk to thin it out to a frosting, or make this glaze with brown sugar. A bit of frosting or maple syrup is nice to have on top for sure. It not only adds some more sweetness but a bit more moisture as well to make it tender with every bite.
How to Save Leftover Bread Pudding
You certainly may have some leftovers and yes I hate to waste food so let’s go over what to do with them right. If you had this as Christmas breakfast or brunch and everyone is done just transfer it to a sealed container. Seal shut and store in the fridge. You need to keep it cool because there is dairy and eggs in it.
When you are ready to reheat it you will want to add some moisture. The best way to do that is with a drizzle of syrup over the top. If you don’t have that use a few tbsp of milk, honey or whipped cream works too. Warm on a plate covered with a paper towel in the microwave for about 1 minute or so until warmed.
Another fun way you can use it up is to make it like like a sort of French toast. Dice it up, whisk a few eggs in a bowl and toss to coat. Add butter into a pan on the stovetop and pour your mixture in. Let it sit to cook until white on one side, then flip to the other so you have a pancake of sorts. Then drizzle with syrup or glaze and enjoy in this shape!
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Bagel Bread Pudding
- Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place cut up bagels in an even layer across the bottom of the casserole dish. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, vanilla, and bananas until well blended.
- Pour the egg mixture over the top of the bagel pieces. Cover the casserole dish with foil and refrigerate overnight (or for at least 2 hours.)
- When ready to cook, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and allow it to rest on the stove top as the oven preheats to 350 degrees.
- Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center returns clean. Allow to rest for 10 minutes prior to serving.