As I have stated many times, I am NOT a chef, but rather someone who truly enjoys cooking. And like many people I’m time challenged and I’ll admit it – lazy in the kitchen.
The State Fair of Texas cooking competitions is one of my favorite times of the year. I grew up competing in 4H events, and the thrill of chasing that blue ribbon is still something I really enjoy. I’ve now been competing at the fair for over 6 years, and my recipes have been included in the State Fair cookbook for at least the last 4 years.
“Tricks With Mix” is one of my favorite categories, and in the past I won a 2nd place ribbon for my pesto rolls. This year I decided to try something different and came up with this recipe for Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. I found the mix for a Cinnamon Roll Bakery Mix at Costco, and got lucky with the first try on coming up with this recipe. Adding the dried cranberries really helps cut the sweetness of the cinnamon swirl and the topping.
The best part about this recipe is how easy it is, you only need a few ingredients and it’s a big time saver. Typically with a bread pudding you have to prepare and leave overnight for the bread to soak up the egg mixture but with this you can take the roll mixture out of the oven and add the egg mixture almost immediately. here’s the recipe that I used today:
Ingredients For Bread:
(1) Package Cinnamon Roll Mix
(1) Cup Water
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9” round baking pan and put aside.
In a large bowl, stir together roll mix, water, butter and eggs. Stir together until blended. Spoon into baking pan and sprinkle cinnamon swirl portion of mix on top, and cut through roll dough. Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool. While cooling, mix together the following:
(4) Cups Milk
(2) Tablespoons Sugar
(1) Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
Cut the cooled bread into 1” cubes, then pour above mixture on top. Gently mix through cubes then top with Streusel Topping from mix. Bake at 325 degrees for minutes. Remove from oven, let cool then drizzle glaze packet also from mix over the top and serve. Makes 12 servings.