When I was very little, the parents would take Sister and I to Duff’s Smorgasbord.
Duff’s was an all you can eat buffet in Springfield, Ohio.
Now the only place it exists is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
I remember standing in front of the carousel waiting for the food to come around, wishing that it would go faster so I could get my fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and rolls snarfed down so I could hurry up to the dessert bar.
‘Cause Internet, even at the tender age of 8, I knew where the good stuff was.
Sister was smarter than I.
She filled her plate with only one thing.
That meant she stood in line for less time, and made it to the dessert bar much faster!
I remember dad going up with me to get dessert and me asking him what that ‘stuff’ was, because I wanted to make sure that I got all the best Duff’s had to offer.
“That’s bread pudding, honey”, and with those words the back of my throat closed. off.
Bread pudding was instantly dead to me.
Ever since then whenever I have gone to a buffet, there is almost always bread pudding on the dessert bar, and it always looks the same.
Gloppy, gooey, and gross.
Then last year, I watched my BFF Paula Deen make a Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Butter Rum sauce and I wondered how in the world could you go wrong with donuts, butter and rum.
Then when Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle picked Chocolate Bread Pudding I swallowed hard.
I thought maybe if I used donuts, and used lots of chocolate it might not be so bad.
It was reported that there was an excessive amount of liquid to bread ratio, so I halved the liquid portion but used the entire 6 oz. of chocolate.
I also didn’t add raisins, because the only way raisins should be eaten are by the handfuls mixed with peanuts and m&m’s!
It smelled heavenly baking.
After it cooled, I sampled a wee bite like my Paula does.
But Internet, the eyes…they did not cross in ecstasy…the mouth didn’t say “mmmm…so good!” and there was no going back for a second bite.
Maybe if I make a chocolate butter rum sauce…
If you heart bread pudding, then you will like this version. Go check out Lauren’s blog. She has the recipe.
Me? I’ll be in the kitchen with some butter, some chocolate and some rum.