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Soulful Sweetness
Five fresh takes on an ooey-gooey dessert favorite

Photos by Matt Haas

November 2016

When the leaves have turned and there’s a chill in the air, the delicate pastries and ice-cold sorbets of summers past are not what we crave. Instead we want something hearty and warm, something that comforts the body and the soul — something like bread pudding. While regular bread pudding will do just fine, try these twists too.

Baked French Toast Bread Pudding — Storyhill BKC

Bread pudding joins forces with the likes of a cinnamon bun in this baked dessert version, which boasts custard, cream cheese, cinnamon-laced sugar, a streusel topping and rum maple syrup as auxiliary ingredients. 5100 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 539-4424,


Banana and Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding — North Star American Bistro

What makes banana bread taste better? Chocolate chips, of course. And what makes bread pudding taste better? Banana and chocolate chips combined. The pudding’s toppings — vanilla gelato and bourbon caramel sauce — are quite good too. 19115 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, (262) 754-1515, 4518 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 964-4663,


Rumchata Bread Pudding — Artisan 179

A Rumchata walks into a bread pudding, but it’s not the punch line of a joke. It’s the start of a delicious dessert, where a homemade crème anglaise sauce and a scoop of salted caramel ice cream further enhance the pudding’s decadent flavor. 179 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, (262) 691-0200,


Irish Bread Pudding — County Clare Restaurant

A delicious, traditional bread pudding, stuffed with raisins and soaked in warm whiskey-butter sauce. Kinda makes you go, “Mmm.” 1234 N. Astor St., (414) 272-5273,


Dutch Apple Bread Pudding — Beans & Barley

McIntosh apples, honey and challah bread are mixed together and covered in a thick streusel topping. “I think the secret is we use heavy cream, and the egg pudding part just saturates and fluffs up the bread super nice,” says Anne Vaillancourt, kitchen and deli manager. “The apples bring a little bit of tart in there with the sweetness. It’s a nice mix.” And a very addictive one at that. 1901 E. North Ave., (414) 278-7878,


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