Down-home Southern bakery delights, in your home

Pauley Perrette, known to millions of "NCIS" fans as Abby Sciuto, and two longtime close friends are opening a bake shop in New York next month featuring the recipes of Pauley's mom, who used to make great Southern treats, such as bread pudding.

Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusky will be whipping up classic Southern goodies at "Donna Bell's Bake Shop," named after Pauley's late mother and inspired by her stories and recipes.

Pauley, Darren and Matthew were on hand on "The Early Show" Monday, serving up some of the delicious desserts, such as bread pudding.

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Donna Bell's Bake Shop Hummingbird Bread Pudding


  • 1/2 loaf French bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups milk, whole
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 bananas (one mashed, one cut into small bites)
  • I can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 cup pecans


Cube bread or rustic tear into small pieces

Whisk eggs, add vanilla and milk- mix

Add dry ingredients- sugar, cinnamon

Mix in smashed banana

Fold in banana pieces, pecans, coconut, and pineapple

Add all bread to mixture- stir and mix

Let mixture sit for 10-15 minutes- mix again after 5-10 minutes

Pour mixture in greased casserole pan, bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes

Cool, serve, top with Cream Cheese Pecan Sauce (recipe follows)

Cream Cheese Pecan Sauce


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, plus extra if needed
  • 4 tablespoons milk, plus extra if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed pecans


Whip cream cheese with spoon and add powdered sugar slowly until smooth. Add vanilla and milk. Mix completely.

Fold in pecans and drizzle over warm Hummingbird Bread Pudding!