Texas Trash Bread Pudding

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This beloved comfort food, Texas Trash Bread Pudding, is a rich and decadent southern dessert sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. I combined Texas Trash Pie and my favorite bread pudding for this unique and amazing dessert!

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Whole dessert in a baking dish.

You can make this one-of-a-kind dessert from leftover bread, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and candy. This all-American comfort food is a unique combination of sweet and salty flavors that will make your taste buds jump for joy! And, just like Texas Trash Pie, it’s crunchy, chewy, buttery, and chocolatey.

Another amazing dessert that you can’t miss is Butterbeer Apple Cake.

Bread Pudding square on plate.

Texas Trash Bread Pudding

If you need a way to use stale bread, or if you’re looking for a unique twist on classic comfort food, Texas trash bread pudding is the answer. This sweet and savory fusion dish is perfect for any occasion – from picnics to parties; and can be made with just a few simple ingredients. So grab your apron and get ready for a tasty treat – it’s time to learn about Texas trash bread pudding!

Bread Pudding square on plate.

All bread puddings have basically the same format: dried bread and a custard sauce made from milk, eggs, and sugar. To this, you can add any additional ingredients to make the bread pudding your own. For Pecan Pie Bread Pudding, I added butter, brown sugar and pecans to give it the pecan pie element.

Bread Pudding square on plate.

TX Trash Bread Pudding Ingredients

The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and save the recipe to your personal and private recipe box right here on Call Me PMc. This way you’ll never misplace it.

At first glance, you may look at the length of the ingredient list and think ‘oh, no way, that’s too much. It must be hard to make.’ It’s not. I promise. Most of the ingredients are the ‘Texas trash’ part and it’s really the most simple part of the recipe.

Texas Trash topping

  • Chocolate chips
  • Caramel bits
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Pecans, chopped
  • Pretzels, chopped
  • Butter salted or unsalted
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Bread Pudding

  • Loaf bread, cubed
  • Whole milk half and half or heavy cream
  • Eggs, beaten
  • Brown sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Butter, melted
  • Salt
Texas Trash Bread Pudding slice.

Method

I usually don’t explain in the post the process for making a recipe, but for this one I am since there are so many ingredients. Like I said, this isn’t a hard recipe. There is two parts and I’m just quickly going to describe it here and below.

For the bread pudding

  1. Tear or cube bread into small pieces; place on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until dry at 200 degrees. Remove and allow to cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Turn the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, and salt together. Pour over the bread and stir so that all the bread is wet from the mixture. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes so all the bread gets soaked with milk.
  4. Spoon the bread mixture into a lightly greased 13×9 inch pan.

For the Texas trash topping

  • This part is easy. You simply mix all the ingredients together and spoon the mixture on top of the uncooked bread pudding.

All is left is to bake the dessert. Bake it for 35 to 45 minutes or until it’s set in the center and lightly brown.

Dessert in a casserole dish.

Bread Pudding is the easiest dessert in the world to make. It’s economical as well, especially for a crowd since it uses day-old (or two-day-old) bread.

Bread Pudding Notes

  1. You can make a lot as easy as you can make a little and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.
  2. Bread pudding is a great way to use day-old bread. Crusty and dry bread will soak up the wonderful custard better.
  3. If I don’t have old bread to use, I usually get a loaf from the sale rack at the store for my bread pudding recipes. You can use any bread as long as it doesn’t have savory ingredients such as rosemary, onions, etc in it.
  4. If you can’t find day old bread, no problem. You can dry it out in your oven. Cut or cube your bread, place it in one layer on a sheet pan, and bake it 15 to 20 minutes at 300 degrees F. Depending on how large your bread chunks are and how dry it already is will factor in when you’re drying it out. Check it at ten minutes and every 5 minutes after. You want it to be pretty dry but not to the crouton stage.
  5. You can use ciabatti, French bread, Italian bread, loaf bread, sourdough bread, and hotdog or hamburger buns. As well, you can use dinner rolls, tollhouse rolls, doughnuts, and cinnamon rolls.
  6. If you use doughnuts or cinnamon rolls, you may want to decrease the sugar you add to the custard so that your bread pudding isn’t overly sweet.
  7. Allow at least 10 minutes for the bread to sit and soak in the custard.
  8. Once you add the custard to the bread, you can cover the dish and refrigerate the bread pudding for 10 to 12 hours. Bake it in the morning for breakfast or at night for a fresh hot dessert after dinner.
Nuts and pecans on a dessert.

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Texas Trash Bread Pudding slice.

Texas Trash Bread Pudding

The crunchy, sweet, salty, chocolatey pie filling gets layered on top of bread pudding in this unique dessert.
Author: Paula
5 from 41 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Tear or cube bread into small pieces; place on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until dry at 300 degrees. Remove and allow to cool. Transfer to a large bowl. (See notes above)
  • Turn the oven to 350ºF.
  • Whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, and salt together. Pour over the bread and stir so that all the bread is wet from the mixture. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes so all the bread gets soaked with milk.
  • Spoon the bread mixture into a lightly greased 13×9 inch pan.
  • Now make the Texas trash part of the recipe. Mix together chocolate chips, caramel, graham crackers, coconut, pecans, and pretzels in a large bowl. (The bowl needs to hold at least 10 cups.)
  • Add melted butter and sweetened condensed milk. Stir until combined.
  • Spoon this mixture evenly over the bread
  • Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before cutting. Cut into squares and serve vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
  • Store in an airtight container. It can sit on the countertop and will be good for 4 to 5 days. Refrigerated it'll keep up to 7 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 659IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 266mg | Iron: 3mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Took this to a Church social for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved it I had an empty dish when I went home!!

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