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Bill Nicholson’s Famous Donut Bread Pudding

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Servings: 20 to 24


  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 (9 oz) box raisins
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 4.5-oz cans undrained fruit cocktail
  • 1 14-oz can not evaporated sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 dozen donuts
  • 1 teaspoon (up to 2 teaspoons) cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lb confectioner's sugar
  • to taste rum


Cube donuts into a large bowl. Pour other ingredients on top of donuts and let soak for a few minutes. Mix all ingredients together until donuts have soaked up the liquid as much as possible.

Bake at 350 °F for about an hour until center has jelled. Top with Butter Rum Sauce.

Butter Rum Sauce:

Melt butter and slowly stir in confectioner’s sugar. Add rum and heat until bubbly. Pour over each serving of bread pudding.