Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bayou Teche Bread Pudding + Cajun Fun

Here's a little Cajun treat that is absolutely fabulous and is sure to become one of your faves. It is a rich and flavorful dish and goes great with any menu you're using and also fits right in on breakfast and brunch buffets, as well. Serve with Bourbon Sauce. (recipe below) Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

Bayou Teche Bread Pudding

1 (16 ounce) loaf French bread
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks w/ juice
Shot of bourbon, (optional)

8 bacon slices , cooked and crumbled, optional
2 cups half and half or whole milk
6 0z. melted butter

4 large eggs
1 cup shredded cheese
1 large can evaporated milk

1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tbs.'s fresh parsley, chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced, (optional)
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
Salt to taste

Place the pineapple in a bowl, add the bourbon, mix well, and set aside to marinate. 

Break up the French bread into pieces in a large bowl.

Drain the bourbon from the fruit and discard. Add the fruit to the bread, along with the melted butter. Stir in half the bacon and cheese and reserve the other half.


In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the evaporated milk, sugar, jalapenos, and the seasonings, and pour over bread mixture. Mix gently with a large spoon, until blended.  Top with other half of bacon and cheese.

Transfer mixture into a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Then place in a larger baking pan filled with 2 inches of water. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes .

Remove and stir well. Spread the pudding evenly and bake for about 30 more minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Bourbon Sauce

2 cups sugar
8 ounces butter
2 large eggs

Shot of bourbon
Reserved marinade


Combine the sugar and butter in a double boiler, on low heat.  Beat the eggs, add to the pan and whisk rapidly until thick. Remove pan from the heat and allow to cool, then stir in the bourbon and reserved marinade. Heat and pour over pudding before serving. Serves 8

Cajun Fun 

Spring has sprung in Cajun country and there is no shortage of fun in good ole' Lafayette. Here's a little clip that I took at last night's Downtown Alive, featuring Roddie Romero and the Hub City Allstars. Beautiful Spring weather, no mosquitoes, yet and great Cajun music and food! Let the good times roll, cher! Cheers and a Happy Spring Ya'll! Merci beaucoup for stopping by.