Donut Bread Pudding Pie


When I was a kid (and spoiler alert: as an adult), I disliked sleepovers mostly for one reason: the morning after.

Sure, everything’s all fun and games in the evening. You arrive after having eaten dinner so you’re fat and happy, and you spend the night playing games or telling jokes or, if you’re old now like me, watching Ghost Adventures with your boyfriend while daydreaming about caramel sundaes. Everything’s dandy.

But then you wake up and life slaps you in the face hard. There’s never ANYTHING to eat for breakfast.

I swear, I must choose significant others and friends who are aliens and who come from alien families who purposefully are trying to defy all logic by avoiding breakfast food purchases.

At my BFF’s house, she’d sleep in until noon, which is disgusting and basically a travesty on humanity, and when she finally woke up, I’d been rummaging through her pantry for the past six hours, trying desperately to find any sustenance that wasn’t red pepper flakes or cornmeal which were the only things her parents seemed to stockpile.

Occasionally, there’d be a lone box of Raisin Bran in the back corner, probably with an expiration date older than time itself, and who honestly enjoys Raisin Bran anyways? It was like a cruel joke laughing cobwebs of stale crap cereal in my hungry face. As if they bought Raisin Bran just for looks so when people rummage through our pantry, we can appear to be well-rounded and nutritious with our breakfast choices. 

Likewise at my boyfriend’s house. I’m sorry, but maybe I’m used to overspending at the grocery store and constantly having a multitude of breakfast choices around: Yogurt with granola. Jam and toast. Cereal. Toaster strudels. Eggs. But when I stayed over at Jessie’s one night and the next morning, had the brilliant-girlfriend intention of making my boyfriend breakfast in bed, I was sadly slapped in the face of breakfast-hatin’ reality: his family doesn’t believe in breakfast.

They had more batteries in the fridge than eggs. BATTERIES, people. Batteries aren’t even supposed to BE in the fridge!!

After contemplating making a battery acid smoothie for breakfast but sadly discovering there was no fresh fruit, nor yogurt or juice to make aforementioned suismoothie, I cried in a heap until he finally took me to McDonald’s. Usually, crying in a heap results in an Egg McMuffin–you should try it sometime. Manipulation tastes strangely like egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches, just sayin’.

Anyways, while I am a firm believer in eating breakfast, most people aren’t. I’m here today to change that. While donuts and pie aren’t typically “nutritious” breakfast fare, they are certainly more qualified as breakfast than cold batteries, yeah? And they’re baked in the most glorious bread pudding of your LIFE.

I’d say that’s pretty healthy.

Donut Bread Pudding Pie *inspired + adapted from Dorothy’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding Pie recipe and Cakespy’s Gingerbread Pudding recipe (in her book)

1 refrigerated pie crust (or a homemade pie crust)
3 cups cubed yeast or cake doughnut holes (just avoid frosted or powdered varieties)
2 eggs
2 cups heavy cream or eggnog
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tablespoons cold butter, cubed

1. Liberally grease a 9″ pie plate with cooking spray and gently lay your pie crust inside the pie plate. Flute edges with your fingers, if desired.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the heavy cream or eggnog, the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and combine. Gently fold the cubed donut holes into the wet mixture to coat. Pour the mixture into the pie plate and allow to sit while your oven preheats to 350 degrees F.
3. Once the oven’s hot, place the pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch drips). Gently place a pie shield along the edges of your pie (or carefully tent crust with aluminum foil) and bake the bread pudding pie for approx. 30 minutes.
4. Remove the pie shield or foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the center is almost set and the crust and top is lightly golden.
5. Allow the pie to come to room temperature before cutting into wedges to serve. This is best served the same day, but can be stored in the fridge up to an additional day. It also tastes great warm!

K, so let me clarify by saying I DO NOT like bread pudding. Or rice pudding. Or tapioca. Or escargot. They all have awful textures to me and I just can’t stand it. But perhaps it was the magicalness of the donuts that made me like this pie, or the fact that it was donuts baked inside of a pie, but either way, I fell in love. It’s so rich and decadent–not for the faint of heart–but full of insane, heart-warming flavor and great texture. A definite must-try!

Also, it tastes delicious with some homemade vanilla bean butterscotch sauce on top. I meaaaaannn..


xo, Hayley


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  1. I am a FIRM believer in eating breakfast too. What else gets me out of bed each morning? I can assure you it is not the freezing cold temps outside or my full time job that makes me jump out of bed! It would be a pie like THIS. 🙂 So many creativity in this recipe Hayley! I know you’ve made donut hole blondies before but adding it to pie is just crazeballs. in the best way!

  2. The say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That may be true but I find it very hard to eat early in the morning! I usually have to wait until I’ve been at work a few hours before food even remotely sounds appealing.

    At that time, this would certainly give me a good start!

  3. I think when you spend the night at other people’s houses, you (I) expect to be treated to a good breakfast! Isn’t that an unspoken rule?? I’m totally with, a battery acid smooth just won’t cut it! But this pie would! Holy cow, egg nog and donuts! Now thats breakfast!

  4. Agreed on the breadfast thing. Honestly, I almost didn’t read this recipe. (I said almost!) I am not a bread pudding person, but I am so going to make this Christmas Morning. 🙂

  5. Look at you! And to think that you claim not to like bread pudding! 😉 I think you’re slowly turning into a fan. It took me a little while too, but it’s hard not to love anything with donuts in it so I think this version of bread pudding sounds downright fantastic!!

  6. I am not very good at sleep overs either. What I would like though is a slice of this pie! Holy Moley this looks good! Donuts, bread pudding, pie…. Oh My!

  7. You need to sleepover at my house. When Jordan (sigh) hosts her first there will be homemade pancakes for breakfast. Or cinnamon rolls. Just so I can prove my mother-ness. And this pie. Doughnuts? Man. You’re a genius!

  8. I adore bread pudding AND breakfast and you have made them one in the same…that’s perfection right there 🙂

  9. You are a genius.

  10. I’m a sucker for breakfast, too. How do people “skip” it? And holy cow, getting up in the morning would definitely be worth it for a big slice of this donut bread pudding pie.

  11. I was never a big breakfast eater, however I converted myself because it’s better for you n such. But I completely sympathize with waking up hours before your bestie and trying to find fooooood while she sleeps like a vampire or somethin! 😛

  12. I’m totally with ya, what’s up with the non breakfasters? I love breakfast and cannot survive without it!

  13. I got a leetle scared when I saw the title of this post. Like you, I HATE bread and butter pudding and the title reminded me of this. I’m glad you clarified that it’s nothing like that! But WTH on batteries being in the fridge. I’m curious why though. Battery acid smoothie; best line evah!

  14. TOTAL breakfast eaters here:) and I am all for donuts and bread pudding and pie for breakfast!

  15. Back for Seconds says:

    I may not be a big breakfast eater, but by gum, if someone is sleeping over you FEED THEM in the morning! You’re so right, this looks way tastier than cold batteries. I love that all tour recipes are actually like 3 recipes in one. So creative 🙂

  16. I totally agree with your point here, Hayley. And maybe your BFF (and family?) once tried the Raising Bran and though “is this what cereal tastes like? I will never buy this kind of product again!!”, therefore completely denying themselves of such glories as Cheerios, Fruit Loops, and so on.

  17. Delish and wonderful pics. We’re having a party at Fumbleweed Contessa – Saturday Dishes featuring bread. I’d love it you brought this over.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Tumbleweed Contess

  18. Viane Eichelberger says:

    This recipe looks delicious. I have a question, though. When do you use the butter. I see it in the ingredient list but not in the directions.


    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Viane! Place the little cubes of butter on top of the pie just before baking 🙂 I’ll fix the directions now. Thanks!

  19. Did you mean to leave out sugar? 5 Tbls. light brown sugar really helped.


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