Pineapple Bread Pudding with Pineapple Rum Sauce

Tropical pineapple bread pudding with a simple pineapple rum sauce!  This easy dish is the perfect addition to a brunch menu!


Pineapple bread pudding on a silver lined white plate

Pineapple Bread Pudding

Today I’m straying from a low carb meal to share a brunch entree that is easy to make, absolutely delicious, and great to share with weekend guests!

When we have guests over I never intentionally put anyone on a low carb diet. That would just be rude, and I don’t always feed my family only low carb dishes either.

Over the years I have found that occasional indulgences feeds the soul in the best way, and actually prevents from over doing it most other days.

Personally, I have found a way to keep my blood sugars fairly even by adding more protein and fat to meals when eating sweet dishes like this pineapple bread pudding.  So, eggs and bacon would be added to this meal!


Pineapple bread pudding with rum sauce on a silver lined white plate


Freaky Friday Winter Blog Hop with Bacon Fatte

Now I know we are in the middle of winter, but don’t you sometimes imagine that you are on a tropical island when you are searching for warm sweaters and boots?

I do, which is what I was envisioning when I saw this pineapple coconut bread pudding recipe over at Bacon Fatte.

Lucky for me, I was assigned to Michele’s blog for the 2018 Winter Freaky Friday blog hop!  Michele is super talented (read more here) with some kick-butt natural entertaining skills!

Michele’s blog is a combination of light foods as well as deliciously decadent dishes that are meant to be served everyday, yet each meal is perfect for guests too.

Whether serving a family-style meal or whipping up a meal to enjoy with friends, Michele gives us tips and alternatives on serving each dish.

Boy, as went through her blog, I secretly wished that I was her neighbor and would be invited to sit at her dinner table.

Can you imagine digging into this sheet pan shrimp and roasted vegetable dish or how about this sweet and spicy pineapple chili chicken?  Of course, you will want to follow up the meal with mocha rum balls!


mittens holding a warm cup of coffee


How to make bread pudding

A simple bread pudding is a combination of bread pieces and a liquid base with extra fold-in ingredients.

Your classic bread pudding is usually made with a combination of cream and milk flavored with vanilla and cinnamon spices with raisins added.

The type of bread you use is interchangeable, but my recommendation is to use a variety that will hold up to the liquid base used.

Brioche, challah or a French sourdough are often used for bread puddings, which can hold up well when using a heavy liquid base.


Hawaiian sweet bread diced in quarters for pineapple bread pudding dish


Tropical Bread Pudding Recipe

For this tropical pineapple bread pudding we used Hawaiian sweet bread, which is one of my favorite breads and pairs so nicely with flakes of coconut and pineapple!

Only 8 rolls are used in this dish, but it sure yields a lot of bite size pieces of bread.

First, you want to split the bread in half, put the top back on then cut in quarters providing eight pieces per roll.


eggs and creamed butter for pineapple bread pudding recipe


Once you cut your bread, put it aside and whip your butter and sweetener together.

Separately, beat the eggs until they are light and frothy, then fold all the wet ingredients until well combined.

If the proportions between the wet and dry ingredients are off then the pudding may turn soggy.  Not the case for this dish!  The delicate Hawaiian rolls are a perfect match to the eggs and butter!


Pineapple bread pudding in a teal baking dish


Fold the bread and wet ingredients together, then add the drained pineapple pieces and top with coconut.  Bake for about 35 minutes.

Bread pudding is delicious right out of the oven or at room temperature.  Enjoy as it is or add a topping for an extra boost of flavor.


Pineapple rum sauce in a glass jar for pineapple bread pudding


Rum-Pineapple Bread Pudding Sauce

Since we don’t use the pineapple juice for the tidbits I decided to incorporate it into a sauce to serve over the bread pudding.

Dark rum, pineapple juice with some brown sugar simmered together is simple to make and makes this an extra special brunch entree!

Visit all the recipes shared for Freaky Friday Blog Hop!

A Dish of Daily Life – Cucumber Salsa

An Affair from the Heart – Arancini (Three Cheese Fried Risotto Balls)

A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Bacon Fatte – Spiced Bakery Style Ginger Pear Muffins

Bowl Me Over – Beef Tips and Gravy

The Devilish Dish – Chocolate Covered Snickers Strawberries

Full Belly Sisters – Easy Crockpot Cesar Chicken

LeMoine Family Kitchen – Frittata Ranchera Black Bean Salad

Life Currents – Garlic Sesame Noodles

Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Low Carb Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Mildly Meandering – Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

Plattertalk – Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Seduction in the Kitchen – Reuben Meatball Casserole

Take Two Tapas – BLT Bacon Cups with Avocado

The Foodie Affair – Pineapple Bread Pudding

West Via Midwest – Spicy Smoke Sauced Shrimp

Who Needs a Cape? – Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken

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Pineapple Bread Pudding with Pineapple Rum Sauce

Prep Time 15 Cook Time 40 Serves 8

Pineapple bread pudding is a tropical twist to the traditional dish. Make with coconut flakes, pineapple bits, and Hawaiian sweet rolls. This easy recipe is a nice addition to a brunch menu or enjoy as a dessert. Serve with a flavorful pineapple rum sauce.


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, salted at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar (I used 1/4 cup Truvia)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 20 ounce can pineapple tidbits or chunks (diced), drained - SAVE juice
  • 8 Hawaiian sweet rolls, cubed
  • 1/4 cup coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


Grease an 8" x 8" baking pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cube rolls by splitting in half, then putting the top back on and slice in quarters yielding 8 pieces per roll. 

In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sweetener until creamy.

In a separate mixing bowl beat eggs until light and frothy.  Add to butter mix until well combined. 

Fold in bread pieces ensuring each piece is coated with the egg/butter mix, then add in pineapple pieces (drained).  

Place in prepared baking pan and top with coconut.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.  

While pineapple bread pudding is baking, in a small saucepan cook rum, pineapple juice and brown sugar on medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until liquid reduces by about 1/4 cup.  You will be left with about 1 cup of sauce. 


Recipe Notes

If you use unsalted butter add a pinch of salt when whipping the butter. 

Adaptable to a sugar alternative (1/4 cup) if lowering sugar in your diet. 

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Pineapple bread pudding on a white plate with a bright pink and teal napkin


Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

19 Comments on Pineapple Bread Pudding with Pineapple Rum Sauce

  1. Christie says:
    February 24, 2018

    YES! Everything about this yes! The flavors together sound delicious and in a bread pudding? YUM!

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    • February 25, 2018

      I love this recipe so much. It really is good and easy to make which is always a bonus.

  2. Debra C. says:
    February 24, 2018

    Life is about balance and I love the suggestion of pairing this up with savory combos, that would be just perfect! On a side note, my brother and I say eating at Mom & Dad’s is a visit to the fat farm, LOL! As the low carb diet is always on the table. Of course it is their house… 😀

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    • February 25, 2018

      LOL – my mom is an excellent cook and there is nothing off limits at my parents house. Food is love, so I just go with the flow and enjoy!

  3. Candi says:
    February 24, 2018

    What a lovely combination. It’s like sunshine in a bowl!

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    • February 25, 2018

      So true! Can’t help but think happy thoughts when you have this pineapple bread pudding in front of you!

  4. February 25, 2018

    This would definitely be a great brunch dish, it sounds so delicious! I love all the tropical flavors!

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  5. michele says:
    February 25, 2018

    My niece is absolutely gaga over anything pineapple… this is going to make one happy girl on Easter!

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  6. Angela says:
    February 25, 2018

    Oh my goodness. Everything about this has me excited! I am printing this one because it is a must for Easter brunch for sure! Amazing flavors and I love good bread pudding!

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  7. Michelle says:
    February 25, 2018

    You definitely have me dreaming of the tropics right now!

  8. February 26, 2018

    Everything should be done in moderation! Even exercising moderation! I could eat this entire pan and drink the rest of rum sauce!

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  9. justine says:
    February 26, 2018

    I love bread pudding, it’s so underrated! This looks YUMMY.

  10. February 26, 2018

    If this isn’t a perfect dish of yumminess!! I am saving this one for Easter!

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  11. February 28, 2018

    This is so beautiful! So bright and sunny, and the rum sauce sounds absolutely delicious! Love it! Thank you so much for the kind words, and please know that you are welcome at my table any time!! 🙂

  12. February 28, 2018

    A taste of the tropics, I’m loving this! Just a wonderful combination of flavors!

  13. Madi says:
    March 2, 2018

    I love the idea of adding pineapple to bread pudding! This looks fantastic!

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  14. Deanna says:
    March 5, 2018

    Where I live there is a hosted luau and this would be so perfect for me to make and bring to it!

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