Tomato pudding

I rarely make tomato pudding. But, when I do, I wonder why I don’t make it more often. It’s a comfort food.

Irma Rombauer’s recipe from the 1943 The Joy of Cooking is very basic. It’s canned tomatoes, bread crumbs tossed in melted butter, and brown sugar. The pudding goes into the oven for 25 minutes, tightly covered to keep it moist.

The pudding in the photo is dark, because I used dark bread and roasted tomatoes. The Joy of Cooking is a white-bread sort of cookbook, so its recipe calls for white bread crumbs.

I have never made bread pudding, but the tomato pudding made me think of what a fine winter comfort food bread pudding could be. Irma Rombauer offers multiple versions of bread pudding — bread pudding with meringue, caramel bread pudding, chocolate bread pudding, lemon bread pudding, pineapple bread pudding, bread pudding with spices and dates, apple bread pudding, and rhubarb bread pudding.

The bread pudding with spices and dates sounds pretty good. The recipe uses milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, pineapple juice, chopped dates, nut meats, egg, and day old bread. It’s comforting just to read the recipe.

5 thoughts on “Tomato pudding”

  1. As a child I always looked forward to my mother’s bread pudding that was served on Sunday only. My father worked at San Jose’s Original Joe’s and each Friday after work, he would come home with the leftover French bread. My mom and grandmother would tear the bread up, mix in their magic potion and voila!, the best bread pudding ever! Thats what I recall 😉

  2. I echo what Henry said. My mother made bread pudding in the colder months and it was, and is, my favorite dessert. Only one restaurant in W-S has it on the menu and is worth the price they charge. It is simple to make but difficult to execute well.

  3. Hi Henry and MHK: Henry, that sounds so good! MHK, may I ask what restaurant has bread pudding? Alas for me, I don’t recall ever having bread pudding as a young’un. I can remember only once when my mother made tomato pudding. It was a hit, which makes me wonder why she didn’t make it often.

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