Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving!!!!

Are you ready?!?!?!

I can’t wait!!!

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

Well, we basically did our Thanksgiving at home this past weekend, but I still can’t wait to have a 4 day weekend!! We are going up to Price’s sister’s house on Friday so we decided to do our Thanksgiving in advance so we would’t be doing Thanksgiving dinner 2 days in a row. Now we just get to relax this Thursday to watch the parade and dog show. yes!

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

Do Chinese places deliver? Does wondering that make me a horrible person?

Don’t answer that.

Anyway, I think I am a wonderful person for making this Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding. But I didn’t just stop there!! Oh no, I covered that sucka in a warm Apple Cider Caramel.

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Why did I think that making a caramel sauce would be so hard? Why did I wait so long to do it? Insanity I tell you!!!

So this is not your average bread pudding… It ditches your bread behind for donuts!!!! And the best kind of donuts too! Man, apple cider donuts have a special place in my heart.

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Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

I’ve made ‘bread’ pudding before with day old croissants, which was awesome!! But during our recent ‘it’s-actually-too-cold-to-go-apple-picking’ apple picking experience, we picked up some day old apple cider donuts. Perfectly marked down and perfectly imperfect for this recipe!!!

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

The bread pudding is super easy. The caramel actually is easy as well- I swear! So it will be super easy to enjoy this dessert at your Thanksgiving this year!!

It will make everyone oohh and ahhh!!

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Apple Cider Caramel

Serves 8-10


For the Bread Pudding

  • 12 Apple Cider Donuts, 1 day old
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups milk
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Caramel

  • 2 Cups apple cider
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 Cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8×8 square baking pan, or a 2 quart casserole dish.
  2. Break apart your donuts into 8 pieces each. Place in your baking dish.
  3. Beat the eggs and combine with the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Slowly, evenly pour over the donut pieces. Let sit for 15 minutes to soak in the liquid.
  4. Bake for 45 minnutes, or until set in the center.
  5. While the bread pudding is baking, prepare your caramel. Using a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, bring the apple cider to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and slowly cook until cider has reduced from 2 cups to 1/4 Cup. It will be fairly thick and syrupy.
  6. Add the sugar, cream, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring continuously. You’ll want it to be syrupy at this point.
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla extract. Transfer to a heat-proof container and let cool.
  8. Serve your warm bread pudding with a healthy drizzling of caramel and some whipped cream. (You will likely have to reheat the caramel sauce for drizzling consistency if it cools or you store it for a few days as the caramel thicken as it cools.)

Caramel slightly adapted from Bashful Bao

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Honey Roasted Carrots- SRC

Honey Roasted Carrots

Hello, Monday. We meet again…

It’s the 3rd Monday of the Month so it’s time for my monthly Secret Recipe Club post. Yes!

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It’s crazy how quickly the month goes by from posts to posts. It goes by extra super duper quick when you’re super busy with work travel, deadlines, a sick kid, being sick yourself, and a little someone turning 2. Sob!!!

But here we go again.

I think I picked an awesome recipe this month too!!

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It was hard work narrowing down to a few recipes from Sue’s blog, Palateble Pastime. I enjoyed going through years of recipes. She really has a wondeful arsenal of recipes! Her Chile-Bourbon Steak Marinade, Apple Spice Dump Cake, and Sweet Potato Biscuits were a few of the recipes that I stared to consider making.

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The Honey Roasted Carrots were an easy choice from me when I picked up a BIG jar of Raw Wildflower Honey from Boston Honey Company when I went to Boston Public Market this past weekend. As soon as I picked it up I knew I had to make the carrots I was toying around with. Yes Yes!

Tender roasted carrots with a kiss of honey. Side dish perfection.

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The recipe was so simple and good that I only made 1 change to it. I do enjoy rosemary but I like thyme like 100x more so I used that instead. I’m sure that the carrots would have been awesome with the rosemary that Sue used, but I have to say my thyme infused carrots were da-bomb.

You’ll want to add these to your Thanksgiving dinner. Shoot any dinner will be better with these Honey Roasted Carrots!

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Honey Roasted Carrots

Makes 2 servings*


  • 4 large carrots
  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Peel then cut the carrots into 1/4″ thick slices on an angle.
  3. Coat the carrots with the oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme leaves.
  4. Place on a baking sheet.
  5. Roast carrots for 30-35 minutes or until almost as tender as you like.
  6. Drizzle with honey. Roast again for about another 3-5 minutes. Serve hot.

*This recipe makes a small serving for 2 people, but can very easily be doubled or tripled to make a greater serving for a crowd

Adapted from Palatable Pastime



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The Terrible Two’s/This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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I’ve had a long week.

In I feel like I keep saying that to myself a lot lately. But this week was rough with work travel and a deadline today. Like, Monday was a 12 hour work day and then on Wednesday and Thursday I did my normal 8.30-3.30 work day, and then went back to work after Price got home to work until after 12am, just to get home and go to bed at 1am to get up just a few hours later. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

And Price is gone this weekend too. It’s good and bad since I can do things my own way without having to think about coordinating with him (I’m selfish like that) but then I got it all on my own.

Anyway, I wanted to celebrate surviving the week with my little Autumn. I schemed up going out to dinner with her so it would be a fun thing for us, as it’s been a while and we usually have a fun time coloring, playing around, and eating our dinners. Plus, I wouldn’t have to cook.

We headed over to our local Chili’s directly from daycare. We missed the typical Friday night dinner crush so I figured we would carry this good luck into our dinner. I was wrong.

She did well while we waited for our appetizer (Table Side Guac- I highly recommend it), but then things started to go downhill. She liked the chips but refused to touch the guac, although she eats it quite often. She played around on the seat and colored a bit but then she decided it was time to leave. And when she has it in her mind that she wants to leave where ever she is, she lets you know it. She repeatedly whined and shreaked “MOMMY GO!” while trying to drag me out of the restaurant.

She was that child, I was that Mom.

I really tried to defuse the situation with the novelty of chocolate milk, which she had never had before. Nope. Mommy Go! Here, let’s take pictures and send to Daddy! Go Mommy Go! Let’s have a rational conversation about our yummy dinners that are about to come out. MOMMMMMMY!! GOOOOO!!!!! How about we do some more coloring with the crayons. NO. Mommy Go! Go!!!!

So that is why I quickly dumped our dinners in to go containers the moment they were set down in front of us. We headed home and I admitted defeat to the week.

In summary, the terrible two’s have begun. And, this is why we can’t have nice things.

PS-  I was mature about the situation as well so that after Autumn went down to bed I spiked the rest of her chocolate milk to enjoy while watching Grey’s while laying on the sofa and lazy pointer finger typed this silly little post.


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Chocolate Chip Mickey Mouse Waffles – using Disney Parks’ Recipe!

Mickey Mouse Waffles

Today is my daughter’s birthday as well as Mickey’s!

She is 2 and he is 87.

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She L-O-V-E-S Mickey. I think it’s destiny.

I told her I’d make her Mickey Waffles for her birthday a few weeks ago in passing (as well as make a mickey themed cake!) and since then she has been proclaiming it was “Mickey Birthday Waffle” day. Every morning. ha!

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I wanted to keep this waffle simple as I was creating this for Autumn to enjoy. Sure she liked the Gluten Free Banana Bread Waffles and Whole Wheat Apple Sauce Waffles but I knew simple always wins for the toddler mindset. The most I wanted to do was add some chocolate chips.

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Anyway, I turned to the grand ‘ol internet to find a great recipe to use when I came across the recipe that the restaurants at the Disney Parks uses. I didn’t see anything say ‘official” but I found about a dozen sites all with the same recipe and tips & tricks. So I figured that would be recipe I’d use.

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On several sites they mention using “Carbon’s Golden Malted Original Waffle and Pancake Flour” I didn’t have any so I turned to my trusted Amazon to get some. This way my waffles would be more like the ones they serve in their restaurants all throughout the parks and hotels.

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Once my batter was made, I just needed to use my new Mickey Mouse Waffle Iron from Select Brands. This waffle makes awesome Mickey Waffles that are cooked to a perfect, even golden brown. It’s easy to use as well, as you just need to scoop batter into the face and ears section and it does the rest of the work to make an awesome,not fun breakfast.

They also have a Minnie Mouse Waffle Iron. I think I’ll have to get that one too one day. Autumn will just loose her mind!!! They have a fantastic selection of Disney related products from cake pops to toasters to ice cream makers. So fun!!!

I’ll have to compare this recipe with the real thing when we move to Florida and visit the Disney Parks. I can’t wait!!

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Chocolate Chip Mickey Waffles

Makes 10 Mickey Waffles


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups flour, or use Carbon’s Malted (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside
  3. In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until light in color and texture.
  4. Combine the melted butter, milk and vanilla extract. Add to the beaten egg yolks.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder & salt. Stir to just combine.
  6. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.
  7. Spoon batter into the face and ear sections of the waffle iron. You’ll use about 1/2 Cup batter per waffle. Bake until steam has stopped escaping the sides of the waffle iron and the waffle is golden brown. Serve with syrup and whipped cream (for a real treat!!)

Adapted from from Disney Food Blog

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While I received the waffle maker from Select Brands, all opinions are my own.


And now the GIVEWAY!!!!

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I have another awesome giveaway from Select Brands!! We’re partnering up this year and I’ve been so excited about it!

We want you to be able to make these fun Mickey Mouse Waffles so be sure to enter to win this awesome Mickey Waffle Iron ($25.00)


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Monday Munchies: Dinner at Joe’s- Fall Feasting at Not Your Average Joe’s

As part of my Monday Munchies series, I will feature a different eatery for a review on the third Monday of every month. Hope you enjoy!


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I’ll never forget my first time.

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Nope, I’ll never forget my first time ripping that piece of focaccia bread in half, taking it and swirling it into the cheesy olive oil dip, and taking a big bite of that spongy bread that absorbed that earthy, rich oil.

When I was younger, I tagged along with my dad once from CT to MA on a work trip. We needed a dinner spot so we went to Not Your Average Joe’s. That night started my love with NYAJ’s and their infamous bread.

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I recently had the fun opportunity to visit the new Waltham, MA, that opened just a few months ago, for great blogger dinner. They invited local bloggers to check out the new location and the new seasonal menu.

They used to have weekly specials but have not refocused their menu to have seasonal specials that compliment their menu staples. This way diners can try more options throughout their visits in the season.

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Besides their new menu approach, they are creating a new look a feel to their restaurants that feature different table styles- booths, tables, communal dining tables, and high-tops. Plus, they have elongated their bar. But don’t worry, it’s not s sports bar! They have TV’s so you can check the score, but it’s not about that. They really want the emphasis on the dining experience to be about your food, drink, and company.

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Our night started out at the bar where we gathered as a group to meet new friends and to catch up with old blogging buddies, like Erica, who I went to a New Kids on The Block concert with this summer!

I enjoyed their Cucumber Mule ($8.99) that features hanson hand-made organic cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur, fever tree ginger beer, and muddled limes. It’s served in the classic coppper mug. I loved it so much that I had another at diner!

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Unfortunately, it had rained the night of the event so we didn’t get to enjoy their fire pit. But I swear I am going back one day to hang by the fire pit to sip on a cocktail while snuggling under one of their flannel blankets for guests to use.

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While I always appreciate the work that goes into creating a great menu, but I love to check out restaurants for their use of design elements, as I am a designer. Shoot, I’m currently working on a project that uses the blue glass pendant that is hanging over their bread prep station, pictured above. So fun!

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We then headed into the kitchen to meet some of the kitchen staff and to see them in action preparing the food from french fries to their flatbreads to grilled chicken.

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Our family style dinner started with Deviled Eggs, Mango Shrimp Rolls, Buffalo Caribbean Chicken Tenders, and Butternut Squash Flatbread.

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I skipped the Deviled Eggs as I am not a fan of them in general and there was plenty of other starters to choose from.

The mango shrimp rolls were a lot of fun. I felt they could have used a bit more mint and cilantro in the roll as they were pretty mellow, besides the mango, on their own. With the sauce, they were great, but I would have preferred a bit more zing from the fresh herbs.

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Butternut Squash Flatbread ($9.99) was a perfect seasonal dish that featured rich autumnal flavors from the squash to sage to brussels sprouts.

To me, this would be a great dish to share with a group while you enjoy their Harvest Sangria or a Bourbon Smash, or any of their other drinks from their drinks menu.

Besides having an inventive cocktail menu, they have 20 beers on tap that feature Massachusetts-made”Backyard Brews”, and an extensive selection of award-winning wines that you can order by the glass.

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The Spaghetti Squash Bolognese ($15.50) is one of their Seasonal Selections that was naturally vegetarian, but was so hearty that you didn’t even ‘mind’ it. The bolognese was meat free, but had substance from a variety of mushrooms. All of that was topped with sauteed spinach and freshly grated Parmesan. A perfect 10 for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Super Crunch Salad ($14.99) is another great vegetable based dish. It is served with chopped grilled chicken, which can simply be omitted for a vegetarian version. Most importantly, enjoy the crunch. It’s a great crunchy salad that features quinoa, apples, pistachios, and more with an orange-sesame dressing.

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Cranberry-Teriyaki Roasted Chicken ($16.50/$14.50) with butternut squash and ricotta filled cannelloni was another well received dish of the night. As we had a vegetarian diner with us, we received the vegetarian version that omits the chicken, plus you get another cannelloni. I enjoyed the flavors, but I loved the substance of the dish as well. So filling and comforting.

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Besides the bread being infamous at NYAJ’s, their Mustard-Crusted Chicken ($14.99) has been a long time staple. It’s a simple chicken dish, but executed really well. Sometimes you just can’t beat thin breaded chicken cutlets that you can dip into a lemony aioli. One might argue that it’s pretty plain but I think it’s a great comfort dish as it’s served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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Rosemary Skewered Scallops ($24.99) was my favorite dish of the night. Hands down favorite. I almost didn’t want to share and skip the rest of the other dinner entrees we could enjoy. I loved the sear on the scallops and the israeli couscous salad it was served with. I couldn’t get enough of the textures and flavors. It was a perfect combination of everything from the earthy rosemary to the insanely fresh vegetables in the salad.

Admittedly, I didn’t even try the new Vietnamese Salmon ($19.50) as I don’t love salmon and I was so freaking full already with all the bread and delicious entrees, and I was really trying hard to save a bit of room for upcoming dessert.

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Dessert was a real treat as we were presented with 3 wonderful options.

‘Joe’ is known for the Peanut Butter Thing ($7.99) which is an ice cream pie dessert. If you love peanut butter and chocolate that I et you will love this dessert. You won’t be able to resist the peanut butter and chocolate chunks that are folded into vanilla ice cream that is then rolled in Oreo Cookie crumbs. Plus, it’s then finished off at your table by your server as they drizzle hot chocolate and caramel sauces over it. Hot Damn.

I had never had this before has I always, always fill up on bread at the start of the meal so we always skip dessert, but I was really impressed with it so I’ll really try to resist the carb loading at the start of the meal to make it to dessert. Maybe. Hopefully…

Goji Berry Apple Crisp ($7.50) that was served with ice cream was a fantastic dessert to feature classic fall flavors and ingredients. I thought it was fantastic and fun with the goji berries.

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Wrapping things up was their Gluten-Free Carrot Cake ($7.50). The real kicker was that gluten free, but you honestly would never had guessed that as it was so incredibly moist. I have had plenty of gluten free desserts so I have had plenty of dry desserts, but this was awesome. It was incredibly sweet from the cream cheese frosting, but I feel that is signature of carrot cake in general.

So it should be no surprise that I loved this dinner. Duh.

I went home satisfied from a great dinner and from great company of other bloggers and the great folks from Not Your average Joe’s.

I highly suggest taking a night out to visit your local Not Your Average Joe’s in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Or watch your favorite football team there while you enjoy one of their great deals. It’s always a great time at Joe’s!


Not Your Average Joe’s– Waltham

56 Market Place Drive

Waltham, MA 02451



While my meal at Not Your Average Joe’s was part of a local blogger event, all opinions are completely my own.


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