This is it, the big day. The first of May is Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Day. And, it marks the start of something big — Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week.
All across America right now, people are visiting, phoning and emailing friends and neighbours to exchange their bread pudding recipes. Some have been saving up their recipes all year, in hopes of being able to dazzle or amuse their friends with their new finds.
Many avid collectors write their bread pudding recipes on cards, noting who they got the recipe from and which recipe they gave in exchange, and then store the cards in handed-down, heirloom boxes specially designed to safeguard these prized recipes.
If you only know foodies who make piff-piff noises in the general direction of bread puddings, don’t despair: below are a few bread pudding recipes that you can try, both savoury and sweet. If you’re tired of just slapping the same ole’ mash on your plates to make sure the men feel that they have had a square meal, savoury bread puddings make a great alternative that they will hoover up.
Here’s a link to our bread pudding recipes.
The first mention that CooksInfo is aware of a Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange holiday in May dates from 2001 in North Carolina:
“The first week of May marks the annual Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange, that magical time of year when all Americans are brought together by our mutual love for soggy bowls of bread-based goop.” — Gearino, G.D. Coincidence that’s hard to swallow. Raleigh, North Carolina: The News and Observer. 8 May 2001. Page E1, col. 1.
A few years later, a columnist in Nebraska pointed to a possible source for the origin of the day and week:
“According to ‘Chase’s Calendar of Events’, May 1-7 is National Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week. The Web site listed as a source for information (www.bread-pudding.net) [Ed: defunct as of 2021] had a sample of three bread pudding recipes from a book titled ‘Bread Pudding — 50 and More Delicious Ways to Make Bread Pudding’ by Alpha Pyramis Publishing. To be honest, I wasn’t very impressed with the recipes I found there. When I make bread pudding, I’ll keep using the recipes in my file.” — Lund, Ellen. Bread pudding is a tasty treat. Fremont, Nebraska: Fremont Tribune. 6 May 2003. Page C1, col. 1.