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Bread Pudding Without The Bread 
Feb. 27, 2012 9:23 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 7:54 am
In Part One of Allrecipes AllStar Brand Ambassador Challenge for February I had to make, review and optionally blog about Fiber One Chocolate  Peanut Butter Haystacks and I did. Of course I switched things up from the original recipe but that is kind of par for the course when it comes to me and recipes. Part Two of the February Challenge was to then take the Fiber One Cereal and work it into our own personal recipe. This is the story of that challenge.

This year may be a Leap Year but even with that extra day, February is still the shortest month and as I looked at the calendar on Friday morning, I realized that the end of the month was fast approaching and I had yet to complete the second half of my Fiber One assignment. A quick scan of some of the other personal recipes that had been tried told me that there wasn’t much that you could do with Fiber One Cereal that hadn’t already been tried. Then the Feng Shui of my Friday got frazzled (another blog for another time but I digress) and making up a recipe for Fiber One was about the furthest thing from my mind. When all had finally settled, I suddenly found myself with time, opportunity & motive so I retired to the kitchen and began to work.

If you know anything about my cooking, you know that I like to freestyle off of a basic recipe. I have always believed that if you know how to make a few basic dishes and/or combinations, you can make just about anything. Now my original thought had been to “bread” a protein with ground up Fiber One but after the texture of the haystacks, I really didn’t see how that was going to work for me. I thought about using it as a thickening agent in a sauce or soup or pasta but I just couldn’t think of which one of my soups, sauces or pastas it could work in. I also thought about using it as a garnish but as we all know, when you use a main basket ingredient as an afterthought or garnish, you will get CHOPPED so that idea went out the window. That’s when it hit me. Bread Pudding. I had made a bagel bread pudding for the Super Bowl so why not try a spin on the same thing using Fiber One.

A quick check of the pantry told me I had plenty of raisins and in the back I found a bag of dried cherries too. I also grabbed two granny smith apples and within minutes I had them diced and sautéing in butter & brown sugar. After a few minutes, I tossed in a half cup each of raisins & cherries, turned off the heat and let them plump in the covered pan. In a mixing bowl I combined one third of a cup of brown sugar, four eggs, two and a half cups of half & half, one tablespoon of vanilla, one teaspoon of cinnamon & one teaspoon of red sea salt (a weakness – I have to use it in everything). I then spooned the apples, raisins & cherries into the bowl and gave them all a swirl. Then it was time for the Fiber One Cereal. I was hoping that one eight ounce pouch would be enough and luckily it was. As I stirred it in, I kept thinking that this just looked like a big bowl of cereal & milk but I had faith. Much like I had with the Bagel Bread Pudding, I let this mixture sit & soak while stirring occasionally for about twenty minutes. It had thickened a little but the cereal on top was still slightly on the crunchy side. No matter, I buttered a pie dish and then poured it all in stirring and flattening as I went. It fit perfectly. There was no room for overflow but I was kind of hoping the dish would rise like a soufflé instead of pouring over the edges. I tossed it in a 375 degree oven, set the time for 40 minutes and started to pray to the kitchen gods.

Several checks and forty minutes later an inserted toothpick came out clean in several spots and I set the slightly puffed up “bread” pudding on a rack to cool. It smelled great but it still looked a lot like a bowl of cereal. As I was to find out later when I cut into the pudding, the top layer of cereal had stayed whole and hard in the heat while everything underneath had turned soft and didn’t resemble Fiber One Cereal at all. I did cut out a big serving using a measuring without a handle and then dusted the top with powdered sugar. It did help to dress up the Fiber One on top a little. In retrospect, I should have probably flipped over the serving so that the baked cereal was on the bottom but I am not sure that it would have helped. Maybe I need to cover the dish after it comes out of the oven so that the moisture & heat soften up that top layer.

Top on the Top or Top on the Bottom, it doesn’t really matter, I took a bite. It was good. It wasn’t great but it was about what I expected. The crusty top was a little hard but the cereal underneath had combined well with the pudding & fruit. The graininess of the fiber in the Haystacks was not noticeable in the “bread” pudding. A scoop of Cool Whip made it even better. I may not serve it at a family gathering but I will consider it for a potluck this summer since we have a box leftover.

Come back next time when we don’t discuss monthly food challenges and I try to think of something remotely relevant to write about like what else I found while digging in the fridge & pantry that I could use for a “bread” pudding.<

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Swampy’s Kitchen & Behind The Shades. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Doug Matthews.
Fiber One "Bread" Pudding - the ingredients
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Fiber One "Bread" Pudding - the close-up
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Fiber One "Bread" Pudding - the serving
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Feb. 27, 2012 9:48 am
Pretty smart to come up with that recipe Doug. I would have totally clueless on this one, what to do with it. I didn't realize that part of the Ambassador program you had to come up with a personal recipe.
Feb. 27, 2012 9:52 am
Hi *Sherri* - this is the first time we have had to come up with something on our own. It's not easy to figure how & where to dump a box of cereal. I got lucky I think. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 27, 2012 10:08 am
WOW! OK...I'm impressed. The idea to use it in bread pudding would have never crossed my mind. I'm like you, I probably would have ground up & used it as a breading. This was a much better use of the product.
Feb. 27, 2012 10:17 am
Hi Skunkee and thanks. I was trying to find something a little different yet familiar. Like I said above, I got lucky. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 27, 2012 10:46 am
Hola Doug! and like the others, I am equally impressed with your ingenuity! :) Hats off to you for coming up with the idea, and a pretty good one too. Maybe tweak it with different flavours? perhaps some Vanilla Extract would have lent some subtlety? hmmm....lots of thoughts now rumbling around the brain :)
Feb. 27, 2012 11:06 am
I think you all should get kudos for completing this challenge. I bought a box once in an attempt to eat "healthier" and decided health may be overrated if I had to eat that. Cheap being my middle name I refused to toss the rest of the box out. I ended up running it through my food processor and making whole grain bread with it, edible but not great. Now That I should have turned into bread pudding LOL!
Feb. 27, 2012 11:08 am
Hola Gitano - thanks - there was some vanilla in there but perhaps I needed something more like some nutmeg. I think I worried about the play with the cherries so didn't go crazy,
Feb. 27, 2012 11:11 am
Hi BigShotsMom - there was no way this stuff was just going into a bowl. It's not exactly the best looking cereal out there. I bet that bread of yours would have worked really well in a bread pudding too.
Feb. 27, 2012 11:25 am
Doug, creative approach to using Fiber One. Just curious, could you grind the Fiber one into a powder for this challenge?
Feb. 27, 2012 11:34 am
Hi Lela - You could anything you wanted to for this challenge - you just had to use the cereal in some way. I have seen stuffed mushrooms, breads, versions of cutlets and countless muffins. I tried to keep the integrity of the product but that might not have been the right thing to do. At least for the baled top layer of cereal. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 27, 2012 6:22 pm
Very creative Doug! Thanks for sharing...great challenge! As you started to describe your cooking experience with the Fiber One I was thinking it was going to end the way it did, hard layer and soft layer! How much fun though!!! Using the cereal ground in a savory capacity is also quite interesting. When you are product testing do you ever have any guidelines? What other products have you tested? As always great reading..thanks Doug!
Feb. 27, 2012 6:53 pm
Doug, you were working with a challenging product and I am glad it tasted fine, but from the photo I don't think it will be selling much product. I'm not sure a drizzle of something exotic could make FiberOne look more appealing. Nice job with what you were given.
Feb. 28, 2012 5:20 am
Hi p and q & thanks - so far the product related assignments have included making a set company recipe, making up our own recipe and doing what amounted to a heat & eat which no one really liked doing at all. They ask us to be honest in our responses and I think for the most part, we are though i do think some reviewers don't want to make the product tested company to feel bad. There is information on the AR main page about how to become an Allstar if you are interested.
Feb. 28, 2012 5:26 am
Hi Marie C. - I am with you in that the product is not the most visually appealing product out there. It kind of resembles what they sell in bins at the pet shop. You can put lipstick on a pig but....I digress. I little drizzle of a chocolate bourbon sauce (courtesy of the Louisville airport) may be just the thing I need for that 2nd serving.
Feb. 28, 2012 7:41 am
Looks great! It was hard to come up with something. I was overall very happy with my creation, but it was as creative as yours!
Feb. 28, 2012 8:04 am
Hi AZ & thanks - I give props to everyone for trying to do something with this cereal. It definitely was not an easy challenge.
Mar. 6, 2012 7:54 am
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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