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Lena Nelson Dooley's Bread Pudding



Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.


Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing released in May 2012. It recently appeared on a review site’s Top Five Reads in 2012 list. 

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.
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Lena's Most Recent Book Release: Catherine's Pursuit

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.


Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she's determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover--physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters? And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what's most important in life? Buy Lena's book HERE



Lena's Recipe for Bread Pudding

3/4 - package King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread white rolls
3/4 - package King's Hawaiian Honey Wheat rolls
1 stick real butter
1 3/4 cup sugar (we use raw sugar)
2-3 cups milk
4 eggs
2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Mace
1 bottle San Saba Pecan Company's Peach, Pecan, and Amaretto sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a rectangular cake pan. I use the kind that has a snap-on plastic lid. It's best if the bread is slightly stale. In a large mixing bowl, break up the rolls into small pieces. Whisk the eggs until well beaten, then set aside.

In a 2 quart saucepan, melt the stick of butter along with the sugar and about a couple cups of milk, stirring frequently. When it is all melted and combined, stir in the eggs a little at a time. Remove from the burner and add vanilla and mace. Then stir in more milk until the saucepan is about 3/4 full.

Pour over the bread and stir until all the bread is thoroughly saturated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared cake pan. Bake about 35 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Empty bottle of sauce onto top of cake and spread until all the top of the bread pudding is glazed. Can server 20 or more people, according to how you cut it.