What’s a classic, comforting dessert to you? For some, it’s warm apple pie that grandma used to make; for others it’s a classic cookie or family Irish soda bread recipe (shout out to my fam); and for many it’s warm, rich bread pudding. For me, bread pudding was never on the table. It wasn’t a staple in my Irish mother’s recipe box, so I’ve grown up brushing aside what I thought was a sweet, mushy mix of stale bread. However, when the next work food throw-down was excitedly announced as bread pudding, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. My approach was to take the classic, comfort dessert flavors that I love, and turn them into a bread pudding. Thus, I took plump raisins from my Mom’s soda bread, apples from my favorite apple pie, alcohol from my Irish side, and cinnamon streusel from my German side. And what did I create…a first place Apple Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Cinnamon-Streusel Topping. Bread pudding, NOW a classic and a comfort for me too!