Romantic Prairie Cookbook: Giveaway and Bread Pudding Recipe

To celebrate the upcoming holidays, I’m giving away two copies of the Romantic Prairie Cookbook by Fifi O’Neill!! Fifi has graciously shared pictures from the book with me, along with her delectable recipe for bread pudding. (This post contains affiliate links.)

The Romantic Prairie Cookbook by Fifi O'Neill

I’m so excited to give away two copies of this book. To enter for a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. The winner will be announced the morning of New Year’s Day. What a great way to start 2021, right?

Romantic prairie cooking is all about gathering fresh vegetables and herbs grown from the garden and whipping up recipes that are a reflection of the prairie way of life. According to the book,

The Romantic Prairie Cookbook champions environmental harmony and celebrates the land by using homegrown flavorful ingredients taken directly from fields to table, as was customary centuries ago when living off the land and home cooking were essential to survival.

Fifi traveled from farm to homestead to collect this unique collection of seasonal recipes to enjoy throughout the year. Bread pudding is perfect for Christmas (or really, anytime of year that you crave comfort food). The recipe is at the end of this post.

Bread Pudding Recipe from The Romantic Prairie Cookbook

I know many of you are fans of Fifi, whose Florida cottage I featured not so long ago. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her cookbook as much as you love her decorating style.

And speaking of that style, here’s a few photos of Fifi’s Christmas decorations. Her mantel is all dressed for the holidays.

Christmas Fireplace and Mantel by Fifi O'Neill


Dried orange slices hang from the rustic Christmas tree made from twigs and branches. Berries, acorns, and other items foraged from the prairie make perfect, organic Christmas ornaments that don’t cost a dime.

Orange Slices Hang from a Wooden Christmas Tree


Red check gingham ribbon holds a red-beaded heart in place on the back of a white vintage chair. It’s simple ornamentation like this that sings to my vintage-loving heart.

Red Beaded Heart on White Vintage Chair


You’ll find more beautiful photography and plenty of mouth-watering recipes in The Romantic Prairie Cookbook. As promised, here’s the recipe for bread pudding from the cookbook that you can make for Christmas Day – or any other occasion for that matter.


Bread Pudding
4.94 from 15 votes

Bread Pudding: Comfort in a Bowl

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread pudding, dessert


  • 4 cups stale cubed bread (most bread will work; croissants, brioches and Italian panettone are also excellent)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
  • 4 eggs beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Place the cubed bread in a large bowl.

  3. In a large pan, blend together the cream, butter, vanilla extract, rum, cinnamon, sugar and raisins, and heat until simmering. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow mixture to cool slightly. Add the beaten eggs and stir well.

  4. Slowly pour the mixture over the bread allowing the bread to soak up the mixture, and then pour the bread pudding into a buttered 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

  5. Bake for 45 minutes until the top of the bread pudding forms a golden crust. Serve hot, topping with additional cream or ice cream, if desired.


To enter for a chance to win one of two copies of The Romantic Prairie Cookbook, simply leave a comment below. The winners will be announced on the morning of New Year’s Day! You can also purchase a copy of the book for yourself or a friend on Amazon:



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  1. Thanks for sharing the Bread Pudding recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I would Love to win a copy of her cookbook!

  2. The book looks WONDERFUL! Pictures are beautiful! I have a friend who is a true Illinois prairie girl. I hope to be able to win this treasure and give it to her!

  3. Your post about her cottage is the only one I have saved on my phone so I can go back and look at it occasionally. I just loved it!! I feel sure her cookbook will be almost as good! Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. 5 stars
      That bread pudding looks so good I just have figure out a way to make it dairy wise. Excited to see what else is indeed this book! Merry Christmas!

  4. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try that yummy looking bread pudding recipe. Thank you so much for sharing! I LOVE to cook and would love to win that beautiful cookbook. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  5. What a lovely giveaway! The Romantic Prairie Cookbook looks amazing! Thank you for a chance to win a copy. I’m looking forward to trying the bread pudding recipe! Great for Christmas morning!

  6. Merry Christmas, Jennifer!🎄I’ve been enjoying your blog, like sitting with a friend. Cookbook looks amazing and I love trying new recipes. Blessings to you and your family in 2021!❤

  7. This cook book looks like the food would be so good and the pictures will be so pretty to look at. My daughter in law loves to cook I’d love to give her this cook book. Thank you for a chance to win ! Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year

  8. 5 stars
    That bread pudding looks so good I just have figure out a way to make it dairy wise. Excited to see what else is indeed this book! Merry Christmas!

  9. The bread pudding looks delicious. I am planning a brunch when things get back to “normal”. I will make this for sure.

  10. 5 stars
    Raisins/currants/nuts/dried cherries…boom…an alternative to fruitcake that isn’t…well…yucky fruitcake 🙂 ! The alternative Christmas tree was also inspiring! Here’s to changing up tradition without losing tradition! Your blog – and the others you link to – are a daily treat.

  11. I can’t wait to try the bread pudding recipe and I’m ordering the cook book for my daughter, who lives out of town.. I just love the pictures of the cottage and can’t wait to hear if she enjoys the recipes. Thank you so much for sharing . We love the Christmas tree made of pieces of wood. That is so unique and cute. Thanks for a chance to win.. I would love to have a copy of the cook book. Hope you have a great Chrsitmas! and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Blessings to you and your family.

  12. That bread pudding looks delicious. My mom used to make it all the time.,
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and for this wonderful cookbook giveaway opportunity.
    Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas
    Take care, stay safe& stay healthy

  13. This bread pudding recipe looks easy and delicious. Two of my requirements for any recipe. I would love to win this cookbook. I have rediscovered cooking and love making new recipes for my hubby. Merry Christmas to you and a happy, safe and healthy new year.

  14. I love your blog and so look forward to sharing the most interesting ideas, home decorating, recipes, Friday finds etc, all so cool. Thank you.

  15. 5 stars
    This cookbook sounds like the way I love to cook—fresh, real food. I’m sure I would love to try many of the recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  16. What a fun cookbook! It evokes memories of the Little House on the Prairie era. My mom sewed me a Laura Ingalls Wilder dress and would braid my hair so I looked like Laura. Fun times in elementary school! I’d love to cook through the cookbook and remember simpler times.

  17. Thanks so much for offering this cookbook. The recipes sound wonderful and very comforting – something we could use now!
    Merry Christmas and hopes for a wonderful New Year.

  18. 2 lucky winners – yay! I hope I’m one of them 😉 My partner and I are both plant based “eaters”. He moved to a vegetarian diet about 6 years ago after a cancer diagnosis and I made move last year for the same reason. There is just nothing better than a meal made from fresh produce, mostly organic and when possible from a local farmer’s market. What a beautiful and kind gesture and thank you so much for the opportunity!

  19. This is the COVID-19 year and the Christmas season for giving gifts of love. Due to the virus and being home bound, I have increased my love of baking bread. Will give the free gifted recipe here a try. Thank you for the free gift and a chance to win the book. Here’s hoping the books go to the person’s who most need the uplifting surprise. Pease to all on your blog.

  20. That looks delicious! I love the red heart that she made- I am going to try to remember that and make one, too!
    Thank you for all of your lovely posts, I always look forward to reading them.
    Merry Christmas!

  21. Merry Christmas Jennifer! I love your blog, I skip some blogs, but never skip yours. I love all the houses, the decorations, the trips and cooking you share. You are a 5 star blog. Stay well and stay safe. Judy

  22. I love Fifi O’Neill’s style and can’t wait to see her new cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  23. Merry Christmas! I love the hand made decorations and the warmth they bring to this holiday season. I would love to have a copy of your cookbook. Wishing you good health and happiness for the new year!

  24. Love seeing your posting every day! Always full of beautiful photos and ideas. Today is baking Cinnamon Rolls Day! The Bread Pudding looks fantastic too. Would love the Cookbook. Always love new recipes and decorating ideas! Thanks!

  25. Merry Christmas. I’m a big fan of Fifi. Am thrilled to have a chance to win her cookbook.
    My the New Year bring you good health and happiness.
    I love reading your blog as well.

  26. I would be thrilled to win a copy of this gorgeous cookbook and I thank you for the opportunity. I have a friend who collects cookbooks like this and the photos and recipes just remind me of her. Merry Christmas!

  27. Jennifer, I love your blog. I have visited 3 of the towns/areas that you have featured so beautifully.
    Your photos are so much better than mine!! I just used one of your “winter in Galena” photos for my laptop wallpaper!
    I read thru the bread pudding recipe and I can taste it already. Going to get the rum today 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity to win Fifi’s cookbook. Stay warm and well this winter!

  28. I would love to add this cookbook to my collection. The bread pudding recipe looks like just the comfort food we need this holiday.

  29. Love your blog Jennifer! Since I’m in my first year of retirement I spend a lot of time looking though cookbooks. Would love to win this one.

  30. Enjoy your blog and “sharing” your family adventures with us. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. The cook book would be the proverbial “icing on the cake” !!! Thank you for this opportunity, Jennifer.

  31. 5 stars
    So many of my favorites. I loved Fife’s cottage and was sad that I only lived 20 minutes from her last winter and didn’t know about her then. But I’ll be back, I hope, later this winter and would love to drive by that wonderful porch!!! Then add in Bread Pudding, something I never tried as a kid (you know, bread pudding, cheesecake, things that don’t sound good to a kid!!) until I had it at the restaurant where my son worked….soooo yummy!!! To be gifted the cookbook would be amazing.

  32. This cookbook looks to be awesome and that bread pudding YUM ! My Mom was from the prairies in Saskatchewan Canada and I remember her making a bread pudding that was yummy too. Thank you for the give away. Good Luck Ladies !

  33. Love your posts. I look for them everyday!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a great looking cookbook! Happy Holidays!!

  34. Thanks for sharing the recipe for bread pudding. It looks luscious. Thanks for the give away and this is my entry to have a shot of winning.

  35. 5 stars
    Bread pudding is absolutely the best comfort food; I imagine this cookbook is filled with lots of other comfort recipes as well. Here’s hoping, wishing and dreaming I am one of the winners.

  36. From blizzard Nebraska with 50 mph winds your post was exactly what I needed. Would love to have a copy of Fifi’s cookbook. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

  37. I still have zucchini, cabbage and potatoes on the garage floor. Always looking forward to new ideas about using up the bounty. Thanks for an introduction to the Romantic Prairie Cookbook

  38. 5 stars
    I have never made bread pudding with rum in it, so I must make it! This recipe book sounds great! I am from the Prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada. I now live on the west coast of Canada, but still have fond memories of the Prairies. Two different worlds! Merry Christmas to you.

  39. This cookbook sounds perfect for exploring farm to table recipes with homegrown ingredients. We built raised beds in our garden to supplement our diet and reduce our grocery bills. Something all of us could benefit from. Thanks for all the information you provide.

  40. Thanks for the opportunity to win of the these great cookbooks. There are so many recipes I would love to try…

  41. Bread pudding takes me back to my childhood! The ULTIMATE comfort food!! Thank you so much for a chance to win this book, I think I need to make those sweet beaded hearts too!

  42. FiFi has such a warm decorating style! The recipe/food looks delicious too!
    Thanks for letting me know about the cookbook!

  43. My husband loves bread pudding, me, not so much; but, this sounds good; and, my birthday is New Year’s Day. Thank you for sharing. Cookbook winner or not, I’ll try this for him.

  44. What a wonderful cookbook!! My family would love the products that come from trying the new recipes!
    Merry Christmas Blessings to you and yours!

  45. A tree made of twigs with homemade wood ornaments, how much better can it get? Well, that bread pudding recipe is calling my name so maybe that?! Oh my! I could eat a whole pan of bread pudding myself. At least I think I could..I’d try..for Christmas anyway. I’ve been a good girl this year, why not…Lol

    Oh..and red plaid rain boots for holiday decor, awesome!

    May you have the best Christmas ever Jennifer!

  46. Merry Christmas morning Jennifer! Thank you for always posting a spot of loveliness to my day.
    The lead picture was stunning. I loved the juxtaposition of the colored lights to that perfect bright tree at the center of the landing. Sitting in a quiet (for now) dimly lit family room, savoring the early morning peace on this Christmas day. Blessings to you and yours, as well as the world for today and the coming year.

  47. The Romantic Prairie Cookbook sounds delightful. I love recipes that support farm to table living and this book reflects appreciation for our beautiful earth that yields such bountiful gifts year-round. Thank you very much for the bread pudding recipe. It’s perfect for this time of year!

  48. My husband and I will be spending Christmas alone. No kids running around turning the house upside down, No little hands in the cookie box, I guess you all get my point. This Christmas is certainly different, so we already ate all our dessert. No cheesecake or yule log left, we do have some cookies. This recipe looks wonderful and easy to make. Im just not sure I have enough bread but if I do it will be at our lonely Christmas table tonight. Merry Christmas, peace, love and the hope for a better year in 2021 to everyone

  49. hi I just wanted to say I have bought all Fifi them, still have all ,,, im not a good cook…at 73 my daughter says I need all the help I can get….love to you all…we need a good year in 2121…thank you

  50. Whoa! I see I’m late to the party. What a lot of comments. Well, I have always loved Fifi O’Neill and the photos above, especially those showing the Christmas “boots” are just wonderful. And that bread pudding! Must try. Count me in for the cookbook drawing! And thanks!

  51. Back to basics and back to the land, can life get any better? Would love to win Fifi’s cookbook!
    Thank you for the offering.
    Merry merry Christmas!

  52. I am always looking for the perfect Bread Pudding Recipe. I just made one using cinnamon raisin bread and it was ok. I will have to try this one.