Time is truly flying by these days. School starts this Friday and oh, my, it seems we didn't get enough summer. That's why the Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte chosen by Amy of Food, Family and Fun for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie won't be making an appearance on my blog today. It just didn't fit into my schedule but I'll be baking with Dorie next week, I promise!
I couldn't go another day without giving you guys a recipe though. I made this bread pudding a few weeks ago and I never got around to posting it, due to the aforementioned time flying by! But it is truly worth a post as it is full of blueberry, cinnamony and mapley goodness.
Since we did get a lot of cold and rainy days this summer, we took advantage of them by going shopping for school supplies and clothes for the kids. I know, how boring. Not for me though, as I kinda like shopping for school supplies, but shhh, don't tell the kids! So anyways, when we go shopping we often stop by this coffee shop where they sell cinnamon rolls. Towards the end of the day, they pack bits and pieces of day old cinnamon rolls into plastic bags. They are absolutely perfect for making bread pudding so I always grab a few. And as I had seen this post from Aimée just days before, I knew I had to add blueberries to my usual recipe.
The blueberries add such a nice touch to this, they get all juicy and pop in your mouth and they marry beautifully with the maple and the cinnamon. Of course, I know that there are those (Hi Grace!) who would add even more cinnamon to the pudding and I'm sure it would be fantastic but I find just the hint of spice from the cinnamon rolls to be perfect.
Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
About 6 cups of day old cinnamon rolls, cut into cubes
2 cups milk
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup of fresh blueberries
Maple syrup for serving
The night before you want to serve your bread pudding, mix the eggs, milk and maple syrup in a large bowl. Arrange the cinnamon roll pieces in a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle your blueberries over the cinnamon rolls. Pour the egg mixture over the cinnamon rolls and blueberries. Press lightly with your hands, making sure the rolls are mostly covered with the custard. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning, when you're ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375F. Sprinkle your bread pudding with some coarse sugar and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until it is golden and the custard is set. Serve warm with maple syrup.