My oldest son works at a business on our Coastal California waterfront that sells (among other things) cinnamon rolls. He’ll often bring home the leftovers at the end of the day; they can’t be sold the following day, and we share them with neighbors or others. On New Year’s Eve he arrived home with far too many rolls. He’d tried to drop them off at the fire station and police department, but no one was available to accept them. We’re loathe to throw out any food which can be useful.
This might not look especially appealing, but using cubed, stale cinnamon rolls, eggs, milk, butter and applesauce, I baked up a pan of what I’m calling “Cinnamon-Apple Bread Pudding”. Basically I made two layers of the cubed rolls with pats of butter and applesauce in between, poured three cups of milk, one cup of water and four eggs over all in the greased pan before adding the last layer of applesauce, let sit for just under an hour and baked at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cooled (but still warm), it’s terrific with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Another option, which I also baked up this morning, is a bit easier. I cut the bottoms and sides off of several cinnamon rolls and arranged them in a well greased baking dish. Next, I poured the entire contents of 2 (14 ounce) cans of pears in light syrup into a blender, added three eggs, blended smooth and poured the liquid over the cinnamon rolls. I covered this and let is sit on the counter until the stale rolls had absorbed most of the pureed liquid.
Because I had about 3 cups of leftover Great Grains cereal in my cupboard, I melted a stick of margarine, tossed the cereal with the butter, and spread the topping over the cinnamon rolls before baking, covered with foil, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Cooled and sliced like cake, this can also be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Either choice is a terrific way to prepare a lower-sugar, high fiber treat for your family, friends or co-workers while utilizing ingredients which might otherwise be discarded.
Best wishes for eating well for less in 2015!