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What to do with leftover rolls? Make dessert

Recipe: Lemon bread pudding with Greek yogurt, raisins and almonds

Besides dessert, this homey bread pudding goes great with brunch or afternoon tea.

Besides dessert, this homey bread pudding goes great with brunch or afternoon tea.

Debbie Arrington

Holiday gatherings are inevitably followed by leftovers. That includes all the accompaniments to the meal as well as the main course.

This very lemony bread pudding uses leftover Hawaiian rolls, but it also could be built from white, wheat, sourdough or other rolls. Or substitute cubes of stale bread; whatever you have on hand.

The lemon-flavored Greek yogurt boosts the lemon flavor and the creaminess of the pudding’s custard. Besides dessert, this homey bread pudding goes great with brunch or afternoon tea.

Lemon bread pudding with Greek yogurt

Makes 4 to 6 servings


A lemon, some raisins and some almonds on a wooden board
These ingredients give stale bread a flavor boost.

3 eggs

½ cup sugar

¾ cup lemon Greek-style yogurt

1 cup milk

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter for greasing dish

6 Hawaiian rolls, torn into pieces (about 4 cups)

½ cup raisins

¼ cup almonds, chopped, plus more for topping

2 tablespoons sugar

Whipped cream (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, yogurt, milk, zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Set aside.

Grease a 1-1/2 to 2-quart baking dish. Put roll pieces, raisins and almonds in a buttered dish. Mix lightly.

A view from above of a round casserole with unbaked bread pudding
Bread pudding is easy to make.

Carefully pour egg-yogurt mixture over torn rolls in the dish. With a fork, submerge any roll pieces that float on top. Sprinkle reserved chopped almonds and sugar over top.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is golden and a thin-bladed knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Serve warm or room temperature with whipped cream, if desired.


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Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

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* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

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* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

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* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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