Pineapple Bread Pudding

Sunset Serenade – Pineapple Bread Pudding’s Lyrical Ballet of Tropical Bliss

In the enchanted realm where golden sunsets dip below the horizon and warm breezes whisper tales of tropical paradise, Pineapple Bread Pudding emerges as a lyrical ballet, an ode to the symphony of flavors that dance upon the taste buds. Join me in this poetic journey as we unveil the secrets of crafting a dessert that serenades the senses with the sweet melodies of the tropics.

Ingredients: For the Tropical Ballet:

  • 1 loaf of artisanal brioche, torn into pieces
  • 2 cups ripe pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, toasted to golden perfection
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

For the Coconut Embrace:

  • 4 large eggs, the heartbeat of our creation
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk, a luscious embrace
  • 1 cup whole milk, the rhythm of our tropical ballet
  • 1 cup demerara sugar, capturing the essence of sunset
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, a whisper of distant shores
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, the essence of island breezes
  • A pinch of salt, the balance that harmonizes our composition


  1. Tropical Ballet – A Dance of Ingredients: Begin our lyrical journey by choreographing the Tropical Ballet. In a bowl, let the torn brioche pirouette with ripe pineapple chunks, toasted shredded coconut, and coarsely chopped macadamia nuts. This is not mere mixing; it’s a dance, a ballet where each ingredient twirls gracefully, telling a tale of tropical splendor.
  2. Coconut Embrace – A Symphony Unfolds: As the Tropical Ballet takes center stage, turn your attention to the Coconut Embrace. In another vessel, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, whole milk, demerara sugar, vanilla extract, coconut extract, and a pinch of salt. This is not just whisking; it’s a symphony unfolding, notes of sweetness blending in harmony, creating a melody that resonates with the spirit of the tropics.
  3. Marriage of Melodies – Uniting Sweetness: Let the Tropical Ballet and Coconut Embrace waltz together in a poetic Marriage of Melodies. Pour the coconut-infused custard over the brioche ensemble, allowing each piece to soak in the lyrical sweetness. This is not mere pouring; it’s a union, a harmonious matrimony where bread and custard become one, resonating with the essence of tropical love.
  4. Baking Sonata – The Oven’s Embrace: Gently guide our creation onto the stage of the Baking Sonata, where the oven becomes an intimate embrace. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 45-50 minutes until the edges turn a golden brown, and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean. This is not mere baking; it’s a sonata, a composition where our bread pudding rises, sways, and crescendos into a golden symphony.
  5. Golden Sunset – A Culinary Horizon: As the Pineapple Bread Pudding emerges from the oven’s warm caress, behold the Golden Sunset, a culinary horizon painted in hues of caramel and gold. Allow it to cool, absorbing the serenity of the moment. This is not just cooling; it’s a pause, a breath before our creation reveals itself in its golden glory.

Cook Notes and Variations:

  • Drizzle with a passion fruit reduction for an exotic twist.
  • Integrate diced mango or papaya for a burst of additional tropical freshness.
  • Garnish with mint leaves for a touch of coolness amidst the warm flavors.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions: For Keto:

  • Substitute almond flour or a keto-friendly bread for the brioche.
  • Replace demerara sugar with a keto-friendly sweetener.

For Low-Carb:

  • Opt for a low-carb bread alternative in the Tropical Ballet.
  • Use a low-carb sweetener in place of demerara sugar in the Coconut Embrace.

As you delve into the velvety depths of Pineapple Bread Pudding, let it be a journey into a lyrical ballet, a taste of the tropics that transports you to a realm where the sun kisses the horizon in a sweet embrace. This recipe is not just a culinary creation; it’s a serenade, a poetic expression that captures the emotional resonance found in each delightful bite. Each forkful is a stanza, a celebration of the joy, warmth, and bliss encapsulated in the union of pineapple, coconut, and brioche.

In the tapestry of culinary experiences, Pineapple Bread Pudding emerges as a masterpiece, a lyrical ballet that plays out the harmonies of the tropics. So, let the Tropical Ballet be your dance of ingredients, let the Coconut Embrace be your symphony, and allow this creation to be the dessert ballet that serenades your senses with the soulful sweetness of a tropical sunset.

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