bread pudding pancakes

2 May

Yes, you read that right and no, I’m not kidding.

When we were in San Fransisco last summer,we ate an awesome restaurant called Zazie. We actually ate there twice – it was that good.   On our first visit, we were very lucky as their special of the day was bread pudding pancakes. Brette did not hesitate and ordered them immediately. Boy am I glad he did, as I have benefited from his obsession with those pancakes.

Brette was on a mission to make his own version of these pancakes and I have been a very willing taste tester. He found a recipe on good ole’ Epicurious, but made some changes that turned out to be the key to the success of these pancakes. First, the recipe called for plain white bread, not a staple in our house. We happened to have a loaf of cinnamon bread (homemade by my wonderful mother) and it added such a nice flavor. We’ve stuck with it ever since. The last time, we used this bread:

The other change we made was the milk. The recipe called for whole milk but because buttermilk is used quite often in pancakes and baked goods, we thought that would be a nice addition. And it was! I think it adds a really nice tang. However, if you don’t have buttermilk, regular milk will work just fine.

Not a great photo, but you can get the general idea of what they look like.

So, right out of the gate on his first try, Brette made amazing bread pudding pancakes.  He’s made them a few times since and it has become a family favorite. They are amazing and perfect for a lazy weekend morning with a big pot of coffee. If you are so inclined, fruit and bacon are a wonderful accompaniment.

Brette’s Bread Pudding Pancakes

adapted from bon appetit


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7slices cinnamon bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) butter
  • Maple syrup
Place bread in large bowl and add milk. Let stand until bread is very soft and beginning to fall apart, stirring mixture occasionally, about 15 minutes. If you use cinnamon bread, you might have to break it down a bit with your spoon or whisk since it is a denser bread.
During this time, you can offer the crusts of the bread as an amuse bouche to your guests.  I found them delicious.
Add flour mixture to bread mixture and blend. Mix in eggs and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Let batter stand 15 minutes.

8 Responses to “bread pudding pancakes”

  1. Kathleen Stephanick May 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Oh no!! You posted the recipe! I was hoping (and dreading) that you would. Now I have to make them…

  2. Ann May 3, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    Jen, how many does this recipe make? Family of five, with four pancake lovers…the other just shows up for the bacon.

    • jen May 3, 2010 at 8:22 am #

      Great question. If I was making for 4 healthy pancake eaters, I might make a 1 1/2 batch just to be safe. The batter keeps well. However, if everyone were to have just 2-3 small pancakes with bacon and fruit, a single batch would be fine.

  3. Willa May 3, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    I can’t wait to make these pancakes!

  4. kletz May 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    these pancakes remind me of the cinnamon roll pancakes i had in maui. if you’re ever in kahului, maui go the ruby’s diner and order them! you won’t regret it!

  5. Michael Cavinta September 27, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    Wow! I am so glad I came across your recipe. This is a very nice twist to my everyday pancakes at home as it tends to become boring at times. I wold surely give this one out a try tomorrow morning for breakfast as I know my kids would love this. For me, it would definitely go well with a hot cup of coffee made from my new saeco espresso machine at home.

    • jen September 27, 2010 at 10:49 am #

      Let me know how they turn out Michael! They are a real treat in our house.


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