Thursday, August 09, 2007

Berry Bagel Bread Pudding

Well, I'm back from a week full of Post Punk Kitchen events, and the actual PPK Gathering campout itself this weekend. Oh man, it was fantastic. Vegans, vegans everywhere. We enjoyed meals cooked by Isa & the PPK crew in our fantastic hosts' kitchen - most of the food was donated graciously by Wildwood, Tofurkey, Dave's Killer Bread, Kettleman Bagels (SO many), Lesser Evil Snacks, Pioneer Organics, Freddy Guy's Hazelnuts, Portland Roasting Co and more..
Thank you guys!!

Webly made an amazing tofu scramble, Isa made special mushroom gravy with no onions for my friend Michelle and I, Katie (NW) made a gorgeous blackberry pie, Evan made the best muffins I've had in a long time and the lovely Julie Hasson and I got creative with the bagels and backyard-picked plums (that kinda tasted like banana! Katie, that was amazing) and blackberries, donated hazelnuts, soy creamer and more and made this Berry Bagel Bread Pudding, based on one of her original bread pudding recipes..

Berry Bagel Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 375°F

8-inch square glass baking dish, greased

5 cups bagel pieces (we used a combo of blueberry and cinnamon raisin bagels)

About 2 1/4 cups soy creamer, or enough to totally soften bagels

Maple syrup to taste

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract

Ground cinnamon

Ground nutmeg

Fresh blackberries

Pitted and chopped fresh plums

About 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts
1. In a large bowl, whisk together creamer, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the bread cubes, let sit about 10 to 15 minutes, or until bread is soft and pretty mushy and has absorbed a lot of the creamer. Fold in the berries, plums and 1/4 cup hazelnuts. Scoop mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle top with remaining chopped hazelnuts.

2. Bake pudding in preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until puffed and golden and creamer has been absorbed. The top should bounce back in center when touched.
Tip: This recipe really tastes best when you're hanging out with a fun group of hungry vegans. Of course, you should also pick the blackberries and plums from local trees too.

tah dah!

Nearly everyone we talked to had never tried bread pudding before - whaaat? Anyway, I think we were both really pleased with how it came out - sweet, creamy and vegan.


julie said...

Look at you and Julie being all Iron Chef-y! That's awesome. I bet the Gathering was tons of fun...I just how there is one next year and that I can go!!

julie said...

how=hope oops

Vegan_Noodle said...

Once again, you lucky NW folks score! That gathering sounds like so much fun and the bagel bread pudding looks awesome!!

Emilie said...

The ppk gathering sounds like it was a lot of fun! Awesome innovation on the bread pudding. I actually love bread pudding--best I ever had involved tons of warm raspberries and melty chocolate throughout, but your version sounds killer as well.

Carla said...

Wow, sounds YUM. and I am so jealous you got to go to a PPK gathering and share all that awesome food!

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

that bagel pudding looks and sounds heavenly, nice job!

'n i'm more than a little jealous of your vegan filled week. so fun!

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

that bagel pudding looks and sounds heavenly, nice job!

'n i'm more than a little jealous of your vegan filled week. so fun!

Vegan*asm said...

Whoa my god. That has got to be the most awesome bread pudding I have ever seen. Great job! I vote for the next gathering to be down south.

VeggieGirl said...

welcome back!! the ppk gatherings sound like so much fun!! and wow, that bagel bread pudding looks and sounds to-die-for!! excellent job :0)

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

what a great idea. i never thought of putting bagels in a bread pudding. good call.

shaun.marie said...

bagels in bread pudding? good idea! i've always been weirded out by moist bread concoctions, but i love pudding. so.... maybe i can get over my fear.

bazu said...

Oh man, I so wish I could have been at the PPK gathering! That bread pudding looks sinful. Fresh-picked fruits, oh man...

b36Kitchen said...

I love bread pudding..what a great way to use extra bagels!


Shananigans said...

OMG, my mouth is watering! I love bread pudding. The last one I had was made with croissants and rich dark chocolate, so good it was evil.

That PPK gathering sounds like food heaven. How nice of Isa to make onion-free gravy just for you :)

Carrie™ said...

Awesome! That sounds like it was a total blast. Isn't it great to spend time & eat with like minded people?

urban vegan said...

What a fun event! I'm jealous.

Bread pudding is omniman's favorite. he will love this...