Mocha Donut Pudding

Apolinaras and I just booked a trip to Lithuania! He grew up there and came to the US in 1995 for college, and while I’ve heard a lot about it, I actually haven’t visited yet. So I’m very excited to see where he grew up, meet his extended family, and visit the Curonian Spit, which was recently named the second best beach in the world by The Lonely Planet. You can probably guess that I also can’t wait to try the local cuisine! I love being inspired by flavor combinations during our vacations.

In fact, one of the first things I did when I got home from URS was to make this bread pudding because I was so inspired by Andria’s idea to use donuts instead of bread in her version of the dessert! My own little twist was to add instant coffee since donuts remind me of breakfast (I may or may not have started my day with this treat one day…), and I couldn’t resist a little chocolate drizzle. This is a really easy dessert to pull together since you’re already starting with the baked donuts.

Mocha Donut Pudding
Printable Recipe

1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups cubed cake donuts (I used a 12 ounce package of 12 donuts)
1/4 cup hot fudge sauce or warm chocolate ganache

Heat oven to 350˚F. Place doughnut chunks in a greased 9-inch bread pan. Whisk eggs and milk until smooth in a medium bowl. Stir in sugar, instant coffee, and vanilla extract. Pour egg mixture over doughnuts and soak for 5 to 10 minutes.

Bake donut pudding for 40 to 50 minutes or until the custard is set, but still soft. Cool slightly and cut into slices. Drizzle hot fudge or warm chocolate ganache over each piece. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 406 calories, 20.7g fat, 1.1g fiber, 7.5g protein per serving
Cost: $0.65 per serving

40 Responses to Mocha Donut Pudding

  1. Wow that sounds like a really awesome trip- I think it’s so fun to go to someone’s home town and see the places they enjoyed when they were little, it will be even cooler to be in a different country and near the 2nd best beach in the world! When are you guys going?

  2. Holy decadence! This pudding looks and sounds aaaamazing, especially the addition of instant coffee.

    Enjoy your trip! The beach sounds fantastic :).

  3. Wow! These looks delicious…donuts in place of bread in a pudding sounds awesome! I am going to get the ingredients for your stuffed mushrooms recipe today….so excited!

  4. Have fun on your trip! I can’t wait to see all of the Lithuanian inspired food you come up with! It’s bound to be delicious.

    I love the looks of this (any) bread pudding. The use of the donuts is SUCH a good idea!

  5. what an exciting trip that will be! and come on, this dessert is almost too good to be true. i’d buy a carton of donuts solely for this purpose. awesome.

  6. Note to self: Stop reading blogs in the morning, they just make my tummy rumble, when I’ve already eaten breakfast. What’s up with that?! (aka, this sounds amazing!)

    Have so much fun on your trip! We just booked a vacation too – we’re heading to Greece in early June and I think out of anything I’m most excited about the food too :)

  7. Congrats on booking what sounds like an amazing trip!!! I’m sure it means a lot to Apolinaras that you will first-hand where he’s from and experience the culture.

    Wow this dessert looks incredible – and I really do think the donut component makes it qualify as breakfast too :)

  8. Yum. This sounds fanastic. I love using different stand-ins for bread in pudding. I’ve tried it with caramel rolls and have been meaning to to it with croissants.

  9. Hey! your trip sounds exciting. I am so tempted to try this dessert but no coffee and chocolate for me…I will definitely try this in some time :)!

  10. One of my favorite things about traveling is experiencing the new cuisine! I can’t get over how good this recipe is–donuts in place of bread? Yes please!

  11. I just found (and am now addicted to) your blog! I think your ability to come up with such creative and tasty meals is amazing. I am thrilled to start trying out some of your recipes!

  12. Thanks so much everyone!

    Kelly – Next month! Luckily, my renewed passport just arrived, which I was a bit worried about.

    Emily – Great minds think alike :)

    Cara – Yay for Greece, that sounds incredible!

    Kelly – Caramel rolls?!? Yes please :)

    Amanda – Thanks so much, glad you’re enjoying it!


    Enjoy your newly booked trip! And speaking of trips, if you’re back for the 4th of July again let me know… I’d love to see you!

    Hope all is well :)

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