Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Toasted Marshmallows

Thanksgiving comes early...

I got my hair cut and highlighted, and it's the best hairstyle I've ever had. I love it! I keep admiring myself in the mirror, and I don't usually do that. It has all these blonde and brownish-red streaks going through it.
It's also the most expensive hairstyle I've ever had. I'm happy though, so I guess it was worth it. I was willing to pay more money after what happened last time.
You'll be getting pictures of the hair, whether you like it or not.

I also bought some Biore nose strips, and I thought maybe it would be a good idea to not only clean my nose-pores, but to clean the pores all over my face.
So I pasted the paper strips all over my face and waited around for 15 minutes, looking like a mummy. Then I slowly tried peeling one off....

Pain. Oh the pain. I had to sit there for several minutes before I could peel a little bit more. It took about 30 minutes, but I finally got them all off, but by then I was sobbing. And my face was bright red for many, many hours. The End.
Don't try it.

Ahh, the things we do for beauty.

Now for the bread pudding. You will probably either love this dessert and know where I'm coming from, or hate it. Depends on whether you're the person that likes sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, or the person that hates sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top and think it's tacky and wrong.

My mom has always put marshmallows on top of our sweet potatoes, and that's the way I like it. Hate me if you wish.
Here's my thought process:

I have homemade marshmallows that I need to use. What do I like marshmallows with? Sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes remind me of Thanksgiving. We always have buttery rolls at Thanksgiving. What if I made a bread pudding out of buttery rolls, sweet potatoes, brown sugar and spices, and then topped it with toasty marshmallows?

So I brought home some good rolls from the fine establishment that I work at, and made my bread pudding. This is my favorite bread pudding I've ever made; I adore it. I ate the warm, brown sugary, spicy bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. The homemade marshmallows were crispy and caramelized on the top, and gooey underneath.

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Toasted Marshmallows

5 cups finely torn soft, buttery rolls
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup finely mashed cooked sweet potato (fresh)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Marshmallows (Homemade if possible!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously butter an 8x8-inch square baking dish with butter.

Place torn rolls in a large mixing bowl.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together yolks, milk, butter, brown sugar, sweet potato, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, until well combined; pour mixture over bread, and stir until well combined. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, before scraping into baking dish.

Bake at 375 degrees F, for 25-28 minutes, or until fragrant, and the top starts to brown. Remove dish from oven, and top with marshmallows.

Heat oven broiler, and broil marshmallows for a couple of seconds, until brown. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, or until ready to serve.

Makes 9 servings


  1. Good morning Starshine! Yes, I want to see your beautiful hair in pictures!
    I think that my doggy goes more often to the hairdresser than I do... That's life! :D

    Concerning your Pudding with toasted marshmallows... I would have never imagined I could combine those ingredients. But here you are to show it :D. I love the pictures!

  2. Can't wait to see the hair!

    I guess for thanksgiving dinner you'd just serve this with turkey and call it good!

    I'm one of those who will probably never make this recipe but I'm SO happy to know that you used your homemade marshmallows in it and they acted like store bought! I've been wanting to make something s'moreish but they only have very strawberry marshmallows here. I'm totally going to use this homemade recipe of yours! Thanks so much!

  3. Yes I want pictures!!!
    Now the nose stips thing, LOL! Man I so can feel yout pain, I did almost the same thing a while ago. NOT FUN! But oh so clean skin!
    So I guess this answer my question of if they brown nicely. They certainly do! I never had sweet potatos with marshmallows. Is that weird? I like both so I guess I'll have to like it. It does look good in bread pudding form!

  4. Emiline, I read and read the recipe over and over again but where are the potatoes in this recipe? Anyway, I made your marshmallows and they were a great success. Wow, I do have a lot left, but where do I get buttery rolls I have no idea? Can u please answer this question. I have stored the marshmallows in a Tupperware. Do I have to put them in the refrigerator?

  5. Ok, not to be mean, but I was laughing at your nose strip fiasco. The things that girls do to look nice is incredible... and the best part is that guys notice, we just don't know how the whole process happens :)

    I come from a non-marshmallow topped sweet potato family, I hope we're still cool.

    And speaking of sweet potatoes, um are they missing from the ingredients? Your bread looks nice and orangey.

  6. "Nose Strips" (note the 'nose' part). Probably not a good idea to extend them to other parts of your body :) I guess the nose is the only part that can handle having stuff yanked out of it.

    Anywho.. on to food. This is an interesting recipe. I've done a pumpkin bread pudding before so I don't see why this one would be much different, except for the marshmallows. I'd give it a shot for sure.

    Can't wait to see your cute haircut!

  7. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Maybe it'll help me impress the in-laws this Thanksgiving!

  8. This sounds tasty indeed! I love bread pudding and marshmallows and thanksgiving. What a great treat. As for the Biore...yeah i did that too once. BAD idea!! lol But awesome about your hair. Let us see pix!

  9. oh.
    i love sweet potatoes! YUM!!
    and i liked the commentary.
    nothing better than a good hair cut
    and those biore strips were created by a man i'm sure.

  10. Great idea to use up the marshmallow. I would try this. I love those pore strips. I call them my poor mans facial. CS and I sometimes sit around in our strips .Dont tell him I told you.

  11. Post a pic of your new hair please. That bread pudding sounds amazing. I love toasty marshmallows on top of everything. Oh, and when you asked what my little boy was eating on my blog it was none other than toasted marshmallows. They were just ooey gooey so they looked like spaghett.

  12. OH MY GOODNESS...you're AMAZING! I can't wait to give this a try! I like pumkin and sweet potato and the sweet slightly spiciness of the desserts you'll find them in. You sent this over the top with the marshmallows!

    Your pictures are mouth watering! Thanks for the recipe!

    I know about bad haircuts...it's refreshing when you get a good one! Did you get her/his name and oath that she/he will not leave that salon without first notifying you? :-)

  13. oh man, thanks for the warning about the biore strips.

    i will love this recipe. i have a bag of the less than elegant jett puffed marshmallows sitting in my pantry waiting to be used for something. your homemade marshmallows are beautiful by the way.

  14. The new hairdo sounds so trendy, I'll bet it's gawgeous. Hey, maybe next time you could put those stips on your legs and never have to shave again! I'm a nut for bread pudding, this looks fantastic. Could you pass me some of those good rolls you make at the restaurant??

  15. Are there sweet potatoes in this? You didn't list them in the recipe. Thanks

  16. Oh man! You really outdid yourself with this one! You are a culinary master and I bow at your feet. I'm not worthy... I'm not worthy... ;)


  17. Can't say Ive ever tried sweet potatoes with marshmallows but this dessert looks divine.

  18. Oh yeah, fall is in the air! That's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw your post. I want some now :D I like the new look of the blog. But the page seems to scroll forever before getting to the footer. Not that is a bad thing, just saying ;)

  19. Whooooops. I forgot the sweet potatoes in the sweet potato bread pudding. Okay, I fixed it. Sorry about that. You guys are good!

    Lisa, I don't get why they have strawberry marshmallows and not regular?

    Ivy, I'm glad the marshmallows worked for you! Mine didn't last very long, but I actually stored them in the freezer. I'm sure the refrigerator would be fine. I did this because I was concerned about the humidity.

    Courtney, that is so funny! I'm picturing you two in my head.

    Prudy, Oh! It was marshmallow! I couldn't figure out why he was eating spaghetti.

    Anj, I would if I could! You should visit Branson.

  20. The year I didn't put marshmallows on the sweet potatoes, I got complaints. Hey, where's the marshmallows? Once a year, at Thanksgiving, you gotta do it.

    YAY for your new hair cut!

  21. Oooh, I want to see photographs of your new hairdo!! Are they on Facebook??? :0)


  22. What fab looking bread pudding. Love the marshmallows on top! I get my hair done next week and can't wait. I'm trying a new cut as well! Look forward to seeing your new do soon! Have a great weekend!

  23. I'm definitely going to have to make that for my mom, since the last time she made sweet potatoes with marshmallows, I burned myself and knocked over and broke the whole pan. And that was about 5 years ago. XP

    About the biore strips: you have to take them off really fast. Grab a corner on each end and just go for it. It hurts, but only for a second and then it goes away. Much better than drawing it out over half an hour.

  24. Yum! This might be the perfect holiday dessert!

  25. OMG! I am eating this in my mind, right now!

    (Oh, and I know it's a little after-the-fact, but you can re-wet the pore strips when they stick too well...)

  26. You are teasing us...no photos! I just got my hair done too, expensive too, but worth i! Love your homestyle dessert!

  27. Oh my good Lord. A vein is twitching in my let temple, thinking about the pure sweetness that is your bread pudding. O.M.G. For real. I can't put it into words. Oh, And I can't wait for the hair pics.

  28. Gosh, when I think that there can't possibly be anything new that would make me want to bake RIGHT NOW, I am proven wrong! Amazing recipe, Em!

  29. Just the title of this amazing concoction gave me goosebumps! It looks (and sounds) perfect!

  30. We need to see the hair Emiline...once your face has recovered of course! This pudding sounds delicious. I totally get into sweet things and this comes across as quite a sweet little indulgence.

  31. WOW! This looks awesome! I just found your blog and I love all the recipes I have seen so far! Keep it up!

  32. Ahh there is nothing more comforting than sweet potatoes and marshmallows. This is genius! So glad you got a great hair-do, it's amazing how a great trip to the salon can make you feel!

  33. Oh man...as I was reading through your post I was so afraid I was going to see a pic of your biore strip!! :-) Love the idea of sweet potato bread pudding, this looks positively scrumptious.

  34. This is my favorite recipe of yours yet. good grief!

  35. forget being lady-like or mannerly, i would devour this. brilliant recipe, emiline!

  36. Did I miss the pic of the new haircut?! I am so impressed to hear a woman say they are satisfied and love their, you never hear that! I'm so happy for you, even if it did cost you a pretty penny!

    These puddings sound great, I love Thanksgiving food!

  37. What a great idea for the marshmallows and your sweet potatoes look delicious. I love sweet potatoes so I'm sure I would enjoy this. I know what you mean about hair....a good cut and color is priceless!!

  38. So...I have never eaten sweet potatoes before...GASP! Mostly because they were covered with tiny colored marshmallows every thanksgiving courtesy of my aunt who smelled like cat pee. I don't know...maybe it scarred me.

    Nothing has really ever been able to shake from that stance....until....dah dah dah....YOU!

    The last picture with the ice cream sold me on it. I want it,but only your kind, cat urine aunt can still go eff herself with the confetti colored marshmallow sweet potato goop.

  39. Ooh, love it!
    I'm jealous abot the hair. I'm having a bad hair year since I got off my locks into a bob. Never go for a hairstyle named after a man!

  40. this is very new to me. never ever tried anything like this before. would love to taste it.

  41. I'd be all over this dessert. I did a similar thing last fall-pumpkin spice bread pudding with rum soaked raisins, you gotta love the rum! It didn't have marshmallows, though, so you win.
    One can never underestimate the power of a great haircut. Post pics soon.
    PS. should we hook up on facebook or what? How do we do that?

  42. Good God!! I WILL be making this! It's my first time on your blog and I already see several things I must make--like the Whopper cookies!! I can't wait!!

  43. That looks almost as good as I'm sure your hair does...

    What an excellent idea to combine all those things. I might serve it with rum or brandy sauce too. Do you think that would be okay?

  44. oh it's that time of year again! i have a thing about sweet potatoes and this looks similar to something i've made in years past. kids just love this with the marshmellows.

    biore strips - done that too/agree not a favorite!

  45. this looks so effin' good, i'm freaking out. i love marshmallows on/in anything.

    and i can't wait to see the hair! nothing puts me in a better mood than getting a haircut i love.

  46. i hsve been craving pudding for a long time! ur pics where the last straw im making me some pudding! Sweet potato is one of my fav - i eat it with everything!

  47. That is amazing - I would NEVER imagine marshmallows in bread pudding! You are genius, my friend!

    As for the hair... I want to see a photo!! :)

  48. Oh Oh!! I wanna see the hair!!

    I just got my hair-did too and am also stairing at myself way too much.

    ALSO- I totally love marshies on sweet potatoes. Thats how my mom did em. It's the best of white trash food and anyone who doesn't like it just needs to get over themselves.

  49. So here's the thing. I don't like sweet potatoes with marshmallows on them. I think it is way to sweet for a side dish... but,
    I think I would love this bread pudding because it is supposed to be sweet! I don't know that's just me. It does look delicious.

  50. Good grief! This is heaven on earth I tell you! I am gonna be thankful for this all year long! Can't wait to see your hair!

    I just did mine too - but not too dramatic...now I wish maybe I had been!

  51. Emiline I'm always in awe of your scrumptious creations and this is another perfect example!


  52. Jeez, this sounds awesome! I love your homemade marshmallows too! How exciting. BTW, I hate those nose strips! They are so painful. Feels like they're gonna take off the top layer of my epidermis! LOL! :) I've missed your blog, sorry it's taken me forever to drop by!

  53. I love that I can come to your blog and you make me laugh out loud. And then you make my mouth water. This looks A-MA-ZING!

  54. Do you know I find myself bookmarking just about every single post of yours to try out later? And this one is no exception.

  55. I am glad you like your new look! How fun and I hate those nose strips! I love sweet potatoes! This looks so tummy! Have fun on your trip!

  56. hi emiline
    good i found your blog..lot to learn and work on...well done !

  57. The nose strips are hilarious and you are so right -- painful! Have an excellent time and spend lots of money!! As for the bread pudding -- I'm not a marshmallow on top of sweet potato person, but know this is probably droolworthy. Very nice!

  58. I recently made your bread pudding and it was fabulous. I plan on bringing it to Christmas. Please publish a book with all of your recipes and photos!!

  59. Anon, thank you! I'm so happy you liked it. It's a dream of mine to create a cookbook. I feel like I could do it. Hopefully someday it'll happen. :) Hope you have a good holiday season!




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