I was surfing the internet a few weeks ago and came across an article about bread pudding. Sounds boring right? Well not when the bread is substituted with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts! There is a restaurant in NYC and one in New Orleans that offer it on their menu. I live in Charlotte,NC, so I was going to have to make my own. Krispy Kreme was started in Winston Salem, NC, so it only seemed natural that a North Carolinian should recreate this dessert.
The dish is very simple to make. Basically you can use your favorite bread pudding recipe, but substitute doughnuts for the bread!
I adapted a recipe from the joy of baking.
1 box of Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts (box of 9 left out over night to dry out)
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons melted and cooled butter
3 cups half and half
1. Cut the doughnuts into fourths. These pieces will be the base of the pudding. Once they are cut place them in a 8×8 baking dish.
2. In a stand mixer or using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar until they are yellow. When the mixer is raised the mixture should fall back into the bowl in a ribbon like pattern. This will take a few minutes of mixing.
3. Beat in the vanilla, cooled melted butter, and half and half. Mix until everything is incorporated together.
4. Pour the mixture over the top of the doughnuts in the 8×8 pan. Go slowly when pouring. Fill until the doughnuts are covered, there might be some excess batter, that is ok. I had a little bit left over after the doughnuts were covered. Press the doughnuts down so that everything is covered by the mixture.
5. Bake in a water bath at 300 degrees F for about an hour. After about 50 min check to see if it is done by inserting a tooth pick and seeing if it comes out clean. Depending on your oven and how much mixture is in the baking dish it may need a few more minutes.
* A water bath is a shallow and larger pan filled with hot water that you set your baking dish (with doughnut mixture) in. Have the water halfway up the sides of the baking dish. I placed my 8×8 baking dish into a 13×9 baking dish that was filled with water halfway up the sides of the 8×8.