Ok! Ok! Ok!

No, that’s not a rolling the eyes, placating “ok” which you might hear Mr. N mutter when it’s time for bed. Nope, that’s a cheer for Oklahoma! **Spoiler alert!** This is another good one from the Sooner State. To learn why Oklahoma is the Sooner State, check out this link from Sally, an OK resident over at the Bewitching Kitchen. See, don’t you feel smarter already?

So what could we possibly have found to top our Oklahoma Bourbon Steak Quesadillas with Peach Salsa? Well, the Made in Oklahoma site came through for us again, this time in the form of a bread pudding. A Citrus Raisin Bread Pudding to be exact.

This time, although tempted to use our Greenlandic cake recipe again, we opted to go for a sweet raisin bread in the bread machine. The result was a dense, crusty and sweet-smelling delicious raisin bread.

Now more often than not you’ll want to use a less fresh loaf of bread for bread pudding, but stick with us…we have a plan.

Miss A and Mike took care of breaking up the bread and tossing it into the greased baking dish.

Next Miss A poured some melted butter over the bread slices and tossed them to coat.

We then grabbed the rest of the pudding ingredients including half-and-half, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, skim milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

You can guess who whisked it all together for us. Mike actually asked Miss A if he could whisk to which she replied, “Ugh. I’m the whisker. You’ve never whisked before.” Besides, she was having too much fun.

Finally we poured the batter over the bread which we then covered and placed in the fridge to sit overnight.

The next morning we preheated the oven to 350F and tossed the bread pudding in to bake. While the pudding was baking, we prepared the citrus sauce from sour cream, butter, sugar, orange juice and lemon zest.

First we melted the butter and the sour cream in a small sauce pan.

We then added the sugar, orange juice and lemon zest to the sauce pan, whisked it in and brought the mixture to a boil. We set that aside, keeping it warm as the pudding finished. The pudding took about an hour to get to the point that it was golden brown and puffy in the center.

But the wait, was well worth it. I have to say, I could hardly stand taking the pictures as I was so ready to dig into this goodness. Fortunately it lived up to my anticipation.

The bread was a good match with this dish – crusty enough to add the perfect amount of texture and dense enough to soak in the pudding flavors. It was easily a 4 spoon breakfast for me. Hands-down.

Mr. N too came in with a 4 spoon vote. He thought it tasted a bit like cinnamon rolls and was happy to eat a second serving.

Mike really enjoyed the bread pudding, but he hemmed and hawed over whether it was 4 spoon worthy. He’s a breakfast connoisseur and it has to be really out of this world to win over his heart. But with a drizzle of the citrus sauce…

He ultimately came in with the 4 spoon vote. I mean seriously, how could he not?! As for Miss A, well she liked it, just not as much as the rest of us. She was the only thing keeping this from becoming a coveted 4 spoon all-around winner. It was a 3 spoon breakfast for her.

I have to say, I think Oklahoma may be my favorite state so far. Last year, Colorado, was a four-spoon all-around winner for the peach buffalo steak and balsamic fingerlings, but I have to say, I think I’m going to crave Oklahoma’s dishes a bit more. I mean, I’m seriously still thinking about those steak quesadillas. So thank you Oklahoma! Yum!

We hope you’re all off to a great week. We’ll be back toward the end of the week with our final nod to Mozambique. Now, I’m going to go finish off the bread pudding. Nothing wrong with a little breakfast for dessert (or dessert for breakfast as it were).

Print this recipe: Citrus Raisin Bread Pudding

50 comments on “Ok! Ok! Ok!

  1. I don’t know how I missed this post last week Kristy. My mouth is watering and then when I read the word, “Breakfast”, it was all over. I would go crazy for this kind of breakfast…I would feel so foot loose and fancy free to eat a rich and sweet breakfast like this. And with home made bread?! You are killing me. And so is Miss N. with her whisking…too adorable. I met with Caroline Saturday of Sweet Caroline’s cooking and your adorable kidlets came up. You get us every time with those precious faces.

  2. Deborah says:

    That sauce – oh, boy. I want some of this right now!!

  3. Karen says:

    Dessert for breakfast…I love it. It really sounds great with the citrus sauce.

  4. Oh my kids will love this one and I think I would find it hard to share if I make this!
    Love the picture of Miss A laughing

  5. hotlyspiced says:

    I love the photo of your daughter laughing – she is so cute! What a great bread and it certainly looks like it’s made a really yummy dessert. Love the fresh raspberries – my favourite! xx

  6. MMMMmmmm. Cinnamon rolls. Mr. N has sold me on this recipe with his description. It sounds like a bit hit, even if Miss A held back on that fourth spoon. A girl has to find a way to be different, doesn’t she?

  7. Great recipe and I love the photos. So cute to see the family making dinner and having fun together. Adorable.

  8. I have no words. My mouth is just wide open hoping that a piece of it will just magically appear in my mouth! It looks amazing

  9. HI Kristy,
    It’s wonderful to see you involve your kids with the cooking. I love that. I need to do that with my daughter too.
    The bread pudding looks delicious! I love the pictures. Beautiful!

  10. Norma Chang says:

    Miss A sure is having a grand time, what a great gourmet cook she is going to be. That bread pudding sure looks yummy and love the fact that its put together the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning.

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Kristy! I really, really enjoy coming here to see your happy family. Your blog really inspire me to cook with children more. All these pictures are so precious! And the bread pudding looks very scrumptious!

    • Kristy says:

      Thanks so much Nami! The kids are so much fun to cook with and even if there just hanging in the kitchen it’s wonderful time together. :) (Most of the time…sometimes we have a bit of tantrum throwing and whining. LOL)

  12. Dawn says:

    I love your daughter’s comment about the whisking!! This looks fantastic, and my cinnamon loving husband would go nuts!!

  13. Eva Taylor says:

    Another home run for a Sunday brunch, Kristy. It is not only beautiful but sounds delicious! I’m loving the citrus sauce too, and the photos are simply lovely. What a great breakfast that must have been.
    Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

  14. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles says:

    Wow, I think I’m falling in love with Oklahoma… or at least the foods you’ve chosen to represent the state so far. The citrus sauce on this bread pudding is particularly dreamy and the berry arrangements adorable. Miss A, as usual, stealing the show… ridiculously cute!! :)

    p.s. I’m glad I’m not the only one who uses a bread maker ;-)

    • Kristy says:

      I know I fell in love with Oklahoma foods! These will absolutely be on the menu again. I don’t know what I would do without my bread maker. LOL!

  15. ceciliag says:

    What an awesome idea to make it for breakfast too! I love the idea of using your own bread, esp raisin bread! YUM! is it going to warm up soon? i don’t mind if summer is on its way! c

  16. Caroline says:

    I can tell how amazing that bread pudding must have tasted just by the looks of it. And then you go and drizzle that citrus sauce on top…YUM! The pictures of Mike and Miss A are adorable. Teamwork. :)

  17. sallybr says:

    Oh, what great honor to be right there on your post!
    thank you!

    I love bread pudding, but have never ever made it, for some reason it’s the type of dessert I only order at restaurants. Shame on me!

    this sounds absolutely decadent….

  18. Charles says:

    Miss A doesn’t seem to be helping so much as she is eating :D

    That pud looks like a yummy breakfast (even though I’m more accustomed to bread puddings for dessert!) – the citrus sauce as well reminds me of a runny curd. I can imagine how delicious it must taste! Good to hear it was so popular all around – both things from Oklahoma seem real hits so far – it’s fun discovering the regional cuisine of the US too, for me, since I’m so unfamiliar with it :)

    • Kristy says:

      LOL! She called those pieces she was noshing on “smiley faces.” :) I’m more accustomed to bread puddings for dessert too, but it’s a darn tasty breakfast and not too far off from French toast. ;)

  19. This is a definite keeper. :-) Mandy

  20. Mary says:

    Oh wow this looks wonderful – I LOVE those pictures – so sweet! she looks like she is having SO much fun – lovely – the pudding ingredients sound delicious :)
    Mary x

  21. I will have to try this stellar recipe! The photo’s look great too from Ms. A’s adorable smile to the beautiful presentation of the bread pudding! I’m thinking I will have to incorporate Oklahoma recipes into my meal planning. Sure glad you are exposing us to different dishes around the states and around the world! Yummo!

  22. What fantastic bread and what a fantastic thing to do with it – very nice!

  23. rsmacaalay says:

    I haven’t done some pudding for a long time now, you just forced me to do it after looking at that lovely pudding of yours now I have to make some to satisfy my craving that just started

  24. ChgoJohn says:

    This certainly sounds like a winner to me. Love that you started with cinnamon raisin bread. Those pics of Miss A are so cute. The camera sure does love her!

  25. Your bread pudding is über exceptional – I would try to steal but your little girl is so sweet I would never deprive her of it :P
    Great post full of life!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  26. This bread pudding looks wow!!!
    Your daughter is adorable!!!
    B/W I am too still thinking about ur steak quesadillas!!!

    • Kristy says:

      Thanks Reem! Miss A is quite the personality. :) I can’t tell you how much she makes me smile at random times throughout the day. She was singing most of the time she was cooking this pudding. It’s too darn cute and funny!

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