300 down….

Well, here it is, my 300th post. I find it hard to believe that I have made 300 things for this blog(give or take a few for a restaurant review).
And when I say make something for this blog, I mean just that. Most people are surprised to learn that I make all my baked goods specifically for my blog. Even when I make dessert for friends coming over I think about what I already have on my blog and what I have put up recently. I try desperately to have variety. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes I have repeaters…but nonetheless, I try.
I recently read an article by Lisa(La Mia Cucina) over at Foodie View about comfort foods. Lisa a big fan of my croissant bread pudding and had asked to highlight it in her story, which she did. It got me thinking how bread pudding is my favorite dessert and yet, I only have 3 recipes for it on my blog. So I set out to make a bread pudding for my 300th post.
I have become obsessed with Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream as of late. If you are not familiar with it, here is the description(which doesn’t do it justice): Sweet Cream Cinnamon Ice Cream with Chunks of Oatmeal Cookies & Fudge. I only allow myself one pint a month as I usually eat it in one sitting. I thought about making giant oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches with cinnamon ice cream(I still might do that…this Spring or Summer), but again the bread pudding was in the back of my mind.
So I made a loaf cake using the flavors of an oatmeal cookie. Even if you just bake the loaf you are good to go. I almost felt guilty letting that moist cake sit out over night all chopped up and spread out to get stale. But I had a mission. When I awoke the next day, the loaf was good and stale. I scattered the  pieced of loaf with raisins(I’m a golden girl) and soaked it in a cinnamon-nutmeg custard. Baked it in a bath and hoped that the outcome would be good. Because, you just never know. I come up with a lot of ideas…and often they flop. One good idea in theory that didn’t turn out in reality was my rice crispy treat fried ice cream, live and learn.
Flop this did not, and I found myself at the bottom of the bowl in no time. Of course, I drowned it in toffee sauce as I do most of my bread puddings. A necessary evil in my opinion.
So thanks to all of you who read this little blog of mine. I certainly didn’t think I would be lasting to 300 posts and now I can’t imagine not having this blog.

Oatmeal Raisin Bread Pudding

Oatmeal Bread

2 large eggs
12 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashion oats
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼  tsp ground fresh nutmeg
¼ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F.
Whisk together eggs, oil, butter, buttermilk and sugars.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl of the dry ingredients and stir until everything is incorporated. Scrape batter into a greased and floured 9-x-5-inch loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. You can check  to see if done by inserting a knife into the center and it comes out clean. Let rest for 5 minutes. Run knife around the sides of the loaf pan and remove loaf. Continue to cool on a rack.

Take the oatmeal loaf and cut it into 2-inch pieces. Lay them out over night uncovered to become stale.

Cinnamon Custard

2 ½ cups heavy cream
3 egg yolks
4 eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg

Whisk together all the ingredients until completely incorporated. Set aside until needed.

To make the bread pudding:

Preheat oven to 325F.
Butter a 8-x-8-inch pan. Place ½ of the bread pieces into the pan. Sprinkle ½ cup golden raisins over the bread. Pour ½ the custard mixture over the bread and press gently to allow the liquid to soak in. Scatter the remaining bread evenly. Followed by another ½ cup raisins and then the last of the custard. Again, press the bread down gently to allow the custard to absorb into the bread.
Place bread pudding into a pan that is large enough to hold both the pan and a water bath. Pour enough hat water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the pudding pan. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Remove pan from oven(carefully) and remove from water bath. Serve warm and with toffee sauce.

Toffee Sauce

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add cream and vanilla and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes.



  1. So I normally stick to drooling over your desserts, but I may just have to make this for my dad. He LOVES oatmeal raisin cookies and bread pudding is high on the list too. This seems like a perfect combo!

    I’m not allowed to buy that flavor of B&J’s ice cream any more. :( I think I could still manage to put away a pint of that! Sooooooo good. :D

  2. Congratulations on reaching 300! Your blog is so inspiring. I try to get out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, and your posts give me a lot to think about and provide insight on techniques I have never tried.

  3. That’s awesome, Peabody. Congrats to you. It takes a lot of work to maintain a blog, and even more to bake something for it nearly every day. You’re one of my daily reads.

  4. The oatmeal bread alone sounds really good without being a pudding. How does the bread taste just eaten by itself?

  5. Happy 300th post! This pudding looks devine.

  6. Your desserts and the sheer variety never cease to amaze me. I

  7. Della- Yes, I found the bread to be lovely. But if I were to make it to not use in the pudding, I would add a tad more sugar and the raisins directly to it.

  8. Congratulations on your 300th post! I also bake for my blog and people think I’m crazy. Like what a waste of money. Well, I share all my treats with everyone around me and I get such joy by planning, baking and photographing that it’s so worth it.
    I love bread pudding and this one looks soooo gooey… yum! I nned to make it!!!

  9. Congratulations! What a fabulous accomplishment! Your recipes, pictures and stories are always a treat to read and look at. Very impressive concoction you have here. I love when experiments come out just how you want them! Looking forward to another 300!

  10. You are a golden girl Peabody even when I find you at the bottom of a bowl of bread pudding like this!
    Congrats on 300!
    The pudding looks totally awesome!

  11. Wowsa, what a dessert! You’ve done your 300th post proud!

  12. Congratulations on your 300 post for your blog…I read you every day and certainly hope that you find the dedication and TIME to post 300 more recipes for us all to try and to enjoy.

  13. I have been drooling over your blog for about 3 weeks now. This looks wonderful. I am thinking that toffee sauce would be good just by itself.

    I need to go run another mile on my treadmill.

  14. What comfort food this is! And congratulations for your 300th post. Looking forward to more!

  15. This sounds fabulous! I have never made bread pudding and it is on my list of things to try this year. Oatmeal bread sounds divine!

  16. Oatmeal raisin bread pudding could possibly be the best idea ever! This sounds amazing. You are SO inspiring to me with all your baked goods! I’m no baker, but I’m trying and you really make me think! I love it! Congrats on 300!

  17. Congratulations on 300 posts! :) This creation of yours looks really good. I’ve only had bread pudding once I think and wasn’t a big fan of it but just thinking of oatmeal cookie type bread and custard together – yum.

  18. Wow! 300 is a great milestone. I’ve loved reading each and every post and am glad we are blogging friends! Here’s to 300 more.

  19. Congratulations on reaching 300. Another beautiful creation. Here is to another 300 more.

  20. The oatmeal bread on it’s own sounds like a treat, but what a delicious concoction altogether!

  21. Happy 300! Thats a pretty awesome feat.

  22. Wow – 300 posts is huge!! Congrats, and I’m glad you are here posting – you are one of my favorite blogs!! I have actually never even made a bread pudding before. But this may have to be the first one I make!

  23. Congrats on the 300th! I’ve enjoyed reading about all your adventures and its made me want to do the same :) This bread pudding is exactly what I’ve been craving recently. It’s like french toast, but more sinful and BETTER!

  24. yum, yum, yum. i love bread pudding! i just did a savory one (one of *my* fav comfort foods), so i’m due for a sweet!

    congrats on the 300 – i can’t image getting there, but i hope i do!

    Michelle @ Us vs. Food

  25. Congrats on #300, and on the bread pudding, one of my favorite desserts!

  26. oh.my.god. i don’t even *like* oatmeal cookies and i’m drooling! i have *got* to try this. amazing. congrats on your 300th post. i for one am very happy i found this blog.

  27. I always consider my blog whenever I cook anything at all, too.
    Congrats on #300!

  28. WOW! 300 posts — congrats!! At this stage of my blogging career, I can’t even imagine! This bread pudding looks amazing. Keep up the awesome work!

  29. Peabody! This looks frickin’ awesome. I love love love bread pudding, but for some dumb reason I never make it. I might have to find some time for this one. yum. Right after I finish my DB challenge. Sigh :) Great pics also.

  30. Three hundred desserts??? Wow — we are so lucky to have you in the food blog universe!

  31. Congrats on 300 posts! That’s amazing in and of itself, but the fact that you create all of your recipes specifically for your blog makes it even more of an accomplishment!

  32. Love the picture with the spoon in focus and the bread pudding out of focus. Have you ever tried to make bread pudding with Hallah bread? IMHO it makes the best French toast and bread puddings (although I’ve never tried it with oatmeal loaf bread!). Congratulations on 300 posts!

  33. See now that’s a bread pudding I could get behind! And where can I find me some of that ice cream?

  34. Hey, congratulations on your 300th post! I had bread pudding for the first time ever yesterday… and it didn’t look as good as this, heh. Maybe I’ll try making it for the first time now…

  35. Congrats on 300! And woooo does that look good…

  36. As a fairly new ‘hooked’ reader of yours, all I can say is, I wish I found your blog earlier.
    (I still get a giggle over the refund muffin post.)
    Congratulations, 300 and not out, as they would say here.
    Doesn’t bread and butter pudding sound like prison food? So simple and simply divine!

  37. Yummy… and Congrats on hitting 300! I’m glad I’m not the only one that feeds the blog before feeding myself!

  38. Congratulations on your 300 mark. This occasion definitely calls for a decadent dessert.

  39. Peabody, congratulations on 300 blog posts!!! I hope to see at LEAST 300 more!!! :0)

    Oatmeal-Raisin Bread Pudding??? Yes, please!!! :0D

  40. This looks absolutely amazing! Congrats on your 300th post. I’m so glad that you put so much work into this blog. I love reading it!

  41. Congratulations on 300 posts! Wow. And that dessert looks amazing — I can think of a LOT of uses for that toffee sauce!

  42. I came on here to comment on TWD – a little late! But, I got stuck here…this looks amazing!

  43. Oh yum. Looks so tasty! Congrats on 300!

  44. Perfect recipe for a celebration!

  45. W O W ! ! !

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! My mom is a huge bread pudding fan. It looks amazing and it is by far a flop. Great job and congrats on the 300 posts!

  46. wow, you and i must be on the same wave length! i just made bread pudding too! (need to post it soon)
    i love bread pudding too! this looks beautiful, love the photos

  47. Congratualations on your first 300, may you have many multiple more :)

    Love the foreshortening of the spoon…nicely done.


  48. I love that ice cream flavor – it reminds me of this incredible dessert we have at a chain out here. It’s a half baked giant cookie (made in a pizza pan) and topped with vanilla ice cream. I always get the oatmeal cookie.

  49. What a yummy way to celebrate! Happy 300th!

  50. Congrats on your 300th post! What a milestone! Your blog was one of the first that I ever came across and I happily lurked for many months. It is a great site and you’ve done a terrific job with it. Here’s to another 300 posts in health and happiness!


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