You Ask, We Deliver: Doughnut Bread Pudding

09/30/2013 at 04:46 PM ET

Make Doughnut Bread Pudding Recipe
Iain Bagwell

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Q: Every Sunday morning, my husband goes out to the bakery and comes home with a dozen doughnuts for the family. (What a guy, right?!) As much as we love doughnuts, we always end up with several uneaten ones that eventually go stale. Is there anything I can do with the leftovers? —Natasha, Hilton Head, S.C. 

A: When life gives you stale doughnuts, make doughnut bread pudding! Well, that’s what Stephen Collucci, pastry chef at Colicchio & Sons restaurant in N.Y.C., would do. In his new book Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped, Collucci uses day-old doughnuts in place of plain bread to create an extra-decadent riff on the dessert classic. He, of course, makes his fried rings from scratch, but the recipe is built for using store-bought leftovers.

“Bread pudding is a surefire crowd-pleaser and a great way to make use of bakery items that would otherwise be destined for the trash bin,” Collucci says. “While this recipe calls for basic cake doughnuts, it’s entirely open to customization: You can use any doughnuts you wish.”

Try his simple recipe this weekend—and then call us over because this dish looks too good to keep in the family.

Doughnut Bread Pudding

Serves 8

2 cups heavy cream

2 cups whole milk

¾ cup sugar

1½ tablespoons vanilla extract

¼ tsp. salt

4 large eggs

3 large egg yolks

10 leftover cake doughnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.

2. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt and bring it to a simmer.

3. Meanwhile, in a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until smooth. Once your pot has reached a full simmer, slowly pour half the cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan and remove the pan from the heat. Let the mixture cool. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve and set it aside.

4. Tear the doughnuts into thimble-size pieces and arrange them tightly in a round baking dish that’s about 7 inches in diameter or in an 8 × 8-inch baking dish. Pour the custard over the doughnut pieces, filling the dish just so that the doughnuts are barely covered. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes so that the doughnuts absorb the custard.

5. Bake the pudding until the custard is fully set in the center, about 50 minutes. Serve immediately.

—Sonal Dutt

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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