Muffin Monday: Bread Pudding Muffins

Things have been pretty hectic around here lately, which unfortunately has resulted in a couple of skipped Muffin Mondays. Luckily I am able to live vicariously through my fellow food bloggers each week. I love reading their muffin related adventures! We have all really become such a close knit community – all brought together through a shared passion for muffins. Go figure.

Speaking of passion for muffins, let me tell you about this week’s Bread Pudding Muffin recipe. It’s fantastic! At first read I must admit to having been intrigued but not overly ecstatic, but they turned out so well that by the end of the afternoon only two lone soldiers remained out of the dozen baked. Not telling how many I ate.

The recipe comes from the cookbook The Best of BetterBaking.com, and really allows for your creativity to take flight. The ingredients are mere suggestions, leaving you with plenty of room to experiment with the type of bread (French, Broiche, Challah, Croissant, Italian, or Panettone would all work well), choice of dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, currents, dried cherries or blueberries…the list is endless). You could even try swapping out the cream for eggnog which I am definitely going to try next time, and lemon or orange zest would provide a nice punch of flavour.

For my muffins I ended up using a couple of gorgeous loaves of egg bread studded with raisins and currents and a sweet blueberry filling. The results were incredible! I loved the eggy texture of the muffins which were very reminiscent of a bread pudding, the extra chunks of bread thrown in at the end provided a nice texture, and the vanilla, brandy and cinnamon all worked together beautifully to create what has now become my hubby’s favourite muffin.

For a copy of the original recipe for Bread Pudding Muffins, please visit Baker Street’s site and be sure to check out what the other food bloggers have baked up this week!

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