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Bread pudding originated in 11th century as frugal dish, but has become trendy dessert

Bread pudding can be created in a number of variations, often with fruits such as cranberries, oranges, raspberries and apples. This one was prepared by pastry chef John Vasquez of Tosca Grille in Troy.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Bread pudding can be created in a number of variations, often with fruits such as cranberries, oranges, raspberries and apples. This one was prepared by pastry chef John Vasquez of Tosca Grille in Troy.
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Bread pudding has the most plebeian of origins, but it now shows up on the dessert menus of upscale restaurants. Food historians trace the history of bread pudding to the early 11th and 12th centuries, as frugal cooks looked for ways to use stale, leftover bread instead of letting it go to waste. In 13th century England, bread pudding was known as “poor man’s pudding,” as it was a popular dish with the lower classes. ...


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