Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding

One of my guilty pleasures is cinnamon toast crunch cereal - I recently rediscovered it in the little bodega in the lobby of my office building when I went hunting for a snack on a slow-moving midweek afternoon. Since that afternoon, I haven't been able to get cinnamon toast off my mind, and for some reason, specifically haven't been able to get the idea of making cinnamon toast bread pudding  off my mind...

Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding
Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding

Bread pudding has always been a favorite of mine, although I've had my fair share of insipid too-sweet versions over the years. Once I had the idea to combine cinnamon toast and bread pudding in my mind, my 'research', (by which I mean googling 'Does Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding exist?')  led me to this amazing recipe! I adapted it to give it a stronger cinnamon flavor and included orange zest and nutmeg for added dimension.

Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding

 I know that this dessert is not particularly fitting given that it's finally 70 degrees outside! Plus we're leaving for Coachella in a few days (eeee!) and it's the season for dishes more in the citrus and salad vein! But even with all that, I am of the belief that there is always a time and place for wearing stretchy pants and eating spoonfuls of warm, cinnamon-y, and soft bread :) 

Cinnamon Toast Bread Pudding