Walt Disney World in Florida welcomes millions of visitors each year. Some families – like mine – come back year after year.
So one of Disney’s chief missions is keeping things fresh and new.
And, of course, this includes new treats to tickle patrons’ tastebuds.
However, for some people new isn’t where it’s at. They like their favorite, the familiar. Many visitors will come time and again and order the same meal knowing that in addition to “new” items, Disney is also excellent at delivering consistency time and again.
I like a mix. I want my favorites but I also want something new, especially when it comes to a snack. That’s part of the Disney fun.
That dichotomy, in fact, is how I brought myself to try a funnel cake hot dog with powdered sugar and strawberries in the Magic Kingdom. Official review? Not bad.
It’s also how I came to try the Pretzel Bread Pudding at EPCOT. Review? Keep reading.
Where do you get Pretzel Bread Pudding in EPCOT?
You can find the new Pretzel Bread Pudding at the quick service stand Sommerfest in the EPCOT Germany Pavilion in the World Showcase.
They also offer a Jumbo Pretzel and Bratwurst.
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What is the difference between pretzels and bread?
The key – according to the internet – is that pretzel bread is boiled in a baking soda and water concoction before it’s baked, giving it the chewy consistency of a pretzel.
Is Pretzel Bread Pudding good?
Yes. Yeah, it is. It’s not the Ohana Bread Pudding at the Polynesian Resort, but it’s good.
If I’m being honest, it strikes me as if a mommy pretzel and a daddy muffin loved each other very much and made a bread pudding with caramel and sugar icing.
It has a touch more of a muffin DNA than the pretzel. But it also has that pretzel taste.
Can you get Ohana Bread Pudding at Tambu Lounge?
To be clear, it’s not the same as Pretzel Bread Pudding. Specifically, the Ohana Bread Pudding is bread pudding a la mode with homemade caramel sauce.
It can be found at the Tambu Lounge.
Which one is better?
I like the Ohana Bread Pudding better. However, being at the Polynesian when you eat may be exerting undue influence on the judge.
Is Pretzel Bread Pudding the best dessert in EPCOT?
Not while a single chef remains standing in the France Pavilion, no.
It might not even be my favorite dessert in Germany. In addition to “boisterous German food,” the Biergarten Restaurant offers hand-pulled apple strudel made fresh daily.
Have you ever had strudel? In Germany, if you order strudel and someone brings you pretzel bread pudding you are legally allowed to slap them with a bratwurst.
In general, I think every pavilion is a good place to eat – with the possible exception of Norway. Some are more up my alley than others.
I love France, Morrocco, Japan, China and Mexico in particular. But I think all of the pavilions offer something interesting to offer in a culinary sense.
Is the Germany Pavilion a good place to eat in EPCOT?
I love the fine culinary offerings of Germany. I love schnitzel and sausages and sauerkraut. Warsteiner Dunkel may be my favorite beer in the world.
The problem? I have kids – and for that matter a wife – who look at German food as I look at the “food” in Norway.
They’re willing to go out on several culinary limbs with me, but sauerkraut remains a bridge too far.
It’s not that they’re total squares in a culinary sense. They all loved when we ate at the Morocco Pavilion. However, I can’t get them down with Germany.
Where does Germany rank in the pavilions overall?
I think it’s underrated. Again, I love the food. But it’s always Oktoberfest and who doesn’t like Oktoberfest?
Plus the model train village is awesome. I really wish Disney would expand it – maybe even run it into different lands and change the theming as it goes from one country to the next.
It could use a little upgrade on the princess front. Snow White doesn’t exactly have the cachet with the younger crowd like Anna, Elsa, Belle or Ariel do.
Can I make the Pretzel Bread Pudding at home?
Sure, there are plenty of recipes out there, including from the official Disney Parks Blog.
In fact, you can grab the recipe sheet here.
The basic components are the house-made vanilla sauce, the bread pudding itself and the toppings. Here’s a summary of the recipe:
For the vanilla sauce, you’ll need:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the pudding, you’ll need:
- 1 pound pretzel bread
- 1 cup milk
- 1 2/3 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 3/4 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
You will also need caramel for the topping.
To make the vanilla sauce:
- Whisk together the egg and sugar in a small bowl.
- In a saucepan, bring the cream and 3/4 cup of milk to a simmer.
- Add 1/3 of the simmering cream mixture to the eggs and continue whisking to temper eggs. Slowly pour it back into the saucepan.
- Whisk together the cornstarch and the remaining milk in a separate bowl. Add to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Pour the sauce through a mesh strainer. Then, cover and refrigerate.
For the pudding:
- Chop pretzel bread (or tear them) into large pieces and place them in a food processor. Pulse into crumbs.
- Whisk milk, heavy cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla paste, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the pretzel bread pieces. Cover and refrigerate for 4-12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray about 15 half-cup ramekins or muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add 1/3 cup pretzel bread pudding mixture into each ramekin or mold. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Let them cool to room temperature before removing them.
Remove the vanilla sauce from the refrigerator and heat in a small saucepan until warm. Place the puddings on small plates and top each with 2-3 tablespoons of vanilla sauce.
Finally, drizzle caramel on top.
Then you have your own helpings of warm Pretzel Bread Puddings!
Have you tried the Pretzel Bread Pudding at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments.