I recently learned that I love pecan pie. I think it may have happened around Thanksgiving. I'm really not a walnut person; the texture is weird and I think they are bitter. Pecans, though: they're like the candy of nuts. A little bit sweet, perfectly crunchy, and wonderful in all sorts of baked goods. I've made lots of pecan things: butter pecan cookies, ginger pecan cake, maple pecan scones, pecan pie muffins ... so lots of pecan-y things. But this one might be one of my favorites.
The other great thing about this recipe, besides the delicious outcome, is that it was quick and easy and didn't call for too many ingredients. You basically chop some pieces of bread and pour on top a mixture of everything from eggs to brown sugar to cinnamon. Pecans get added in too, obviously, and you poke around with a spatula until everything is evenly coated.
You might think this would have a weird texture (as soon as Rach saw me whisking eggs, she was turned off), but I promise you, this is not egg-y or slimy or weird at all. It reminded us of French toast mixed with pecan pie. Even I, not a sweet lower, and Rachael, who had her doubts in the beginning, were fans of this bread pudding. In fact, writing this post makes me miss this dessert and I think I may have to make it again soon.
pecan pie bread pudding
from Something Swanky