Ambrosia salad, a southern classic, remade into a heavenly bread pudding than can be served as dessert or breakfast.
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Bread pudding made with Hawaiian sweet rolls, mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut and topped with mini marshmallows. Served with a side of mixed sweetened whipped and sour cream. Soundsenticing, doesn't it?
Ambrosia is one of those classic southern fruit salads that each person has their own unique recipe for. The staples of an ambrosia salad are pineapple, oranges, coconut and marshmallows that are covered in a mix of whipped cream, sour cream and sugar. I have seen it made with additional fruits and/or nuts added. Ambrosia salad most often makes its apperance at holiday tables across the South.
I wanted to give this old favorite a makeover. I decided to combine the staple elements of an ambrosia salad into a bread pudding, another popular dish in the south. The bread pudding turned out delicious on its own. The whipped and sour cream topping just amps it up a notch and gives a nod to an authentic ambrosia salad. I think it would be delicious with a plain whipped topping as well though.
Easy to put together, this is a delicious new twist on a classic southern favorite. Ambrosia salad will always be hard to beat, but this lip smacking redo will surely give it a run for its money. The only thing I would do differently is to add more marshmallows. Personal preference though, I love marshmallows. Especially ooey gooey toasted marshmallows.
What dishes always make the rounds at your holiday tables? Did you find some new favorites this year?
Ambrosia Bread Pudding
1 Package of Twelve King’s Hawaiian Rolls – Cubed into 1 inch pieces
1 Twenty Ounce Can Crushed Pineapple – Thoroughly drained
1 Fifteen Ounce Can Mandarin Oranges - Drained
2 Cups Half and Half
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
1/4 Cup Sugar
6 Eggs - Beaten
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (Optional)
Preheat to 325 degrees.
Lightly spray 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray or lightly butter.
Place cubed bread evenly in one layer in baking dish; tuck drained mandarin orange segments in between bread pieces.
Mix beaten eggs, half and half, whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract together. Stir in coconut and pineapple. Pour evenly around edges and over middle of bread.
Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven and top evenly with marshmallows, lightly pressing into top of bread pudding. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Edges should be set; center may still have a slight jiggle.
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream - Whipped
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (You can use a little more if you would like it sweeter)
In a stand mixer with whisk attachment or with hand mixer, whip cream for several minutes starting at lowest speed and increase as cream thickens. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue to whip until a creamy but thick texture is reached. Add sour cream and whip to incorporate. Serve with bread pudding.
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Wow this sounds good. Just pinned it so that I can make it sometime :) Would love it if you'd stop by for this week's Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row to share this. I know my readers will love it :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Sinea. I would love to share this at Wonderful Wednesday! So glad you stopped by!Delete
This is a different kind of ambrosia. We love Hawaiian bread, so this sounds interesting to try. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.ReplyDelete
The Hawaiian bread is so great in this bread pudding. Thank you for hosting and visiting :)Delete
Oh this is such a great idea! I love ambrosia salad and love bread pudding, the two together must be so super yummy!ReplyDelete
If you are a fan of ambrosia salad you would love this. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
This sounds absolutely amazing (and makes me want to go to Hawaii or someplace tropical. ;_; )!ReplyDelete
Thanks Farrah, I kept thinking of Hawaii as I was making it :)Delete
I always think that Kings Hawaiian Rolls are too sweet to have with meal, so I love that you used them in a dessert! This sounds so light and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with Hump Day Happenings.ReplyDelete
I agree Jenna, but their sweetness works great for bread puddings!Delete
This makes bread pudding 100 x more delicious!! What a great recipe :) If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you'd drop this (and anything else you'd like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove DIY and recipe link party! You can find me here: http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/ReplyDelete
Thanks Nicole, happy to share at PureBlog Love :)Delete
Thank you so much for attending week 15 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. I am just dying to make this pudding. It's right up there on the to-do list once I get back home from my holiday :) I can't wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see :) Have a great day!ReplyDelete
It looks so yummy my dear. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Ritu! Always a pleasure to have you visit :)Delete
I really love the tropical take on an old standby dessert! I'd love it if you'd share this at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos for our first Awesome Life Friday Link Up http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/2015/01/awesome-life-friday-no-1.htmlReplyDelete
Thanks for the invite Lynda! Always happy to share :)Delete
Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you'll come back again this week for Awesome Life Friday!Delete
This looks so good that my mouth is watering! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. We love partying with you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou GirlsReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting Kimberly. Happy to party at Lou Lou Girls :)Delete
I have never seen a bread pudding made like this, but I am sure keen to give it a try. Those marshmallows on the top are like the icing on the cake :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.
Hi Catherine, toasted marshmallows are always my favorite. Thanks for hosting Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning!Delete
Hey hey hey!! You were the most clicked link in our Teach Me Tuesday party last week!! Congrats!! You will be featured this week ;) We really appreciate you linking up every week!!ReplyDelete
Have an awesome day!!
Hi Bobbi, always excited to be featured at Teach Me Tuesday! I really appreciate you hosting a great party each week :)Delete
It's been a long time since I've had ambrosia. This looks like a delish way to revisit. Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social. Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. http://www.theKitchenChopper.comReplyDelete
Hi KC, it is a great redo :) Always fun to share at The Weekend Social. Thanks for visiting!Delete
Wow what a great recipe idea!! Hey I would love it if you link up with me on my new link Party - My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! You have great stuff!! Here is a link http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-link-party-1/ReplyDelete
Thanks for the description of ambrosia, I've heard of it before but never knew what is was exactly. Your take in bread pudding form sounds great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!ReplyDelete