Thursday, May 8, 2014

lemon blueberry bread pudding . . . a Spring-inspired 'comfort' dessert

Bread pudding is an incredibly easy dessert to make . . . and it is soooooo delicious!

I love how versatile it is. With the perfect creamy, custard base . . . you can add just about anything to it . . . fruit & berries, toasted coconut, chocolate, nuts . . . whatever your heart desires.

My favorite (so far) is just plain ol' bread pudding, made with a vanilla bean custard base and brioche bread.

I had a leftover baguette and heavy cream that I didn't want to waste or throw out, so I thought I would make a Spring-inspired bread pudding using lemons and blueberries (both of which I always have on hand).

The combination of the vanilla and warm brown sugar base, brightened with the zest of a lemon and slightly sweet berries, is so good.  So good.

Instead of making a sauce to drizzle over the top, I sprinkled raw sugar over them about 10 minutes before taking them out of the oven.

The raw sugar gives this bread pudding an extra hint of sweetness and a delightful crust on top. Yum!

I thought it would be fun to make individual servings, so I prepared them in these small ruffled ramekins.

I sliced the bread into 1/4-inch pieces so that more would fit in the ramekins, and it worked great. If you don't have ramekins, then you can use a large muffin tin. You'll have to wait for them to cool slightly so that you can remove them from the tin.

You can serve it with a scoop of soft vanilla ice cream, or enjoy all by its lonesome.

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the baking dish
4 large eggs
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
10 ounces stale/dry bakery white bread or brioche, cut into 1/4-inch cubes for individual ramekins or 1/2-inch cubes for a large baking dish (about 6 cups)
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 
raw sugar (to sprinkle on top)

Generously butter a 10-by-14-inch baking dish. 
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream, milk, brown sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Add the bread cubes and stir well, then mix in the melted butter. Let the bread soak for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325°. 

Layer the bread pudding mixture and blueberries in your prepared dish.
Pour half of the bread pudding mixture into the prepared dish, then evenly sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of blueberries over the mixture. Pour the second half of the bread pudding mixture on top. Sprinkle remaining blueberries on top. 
Bake on the upper rack of the oven for about 1 hour. 
Sprinkle raw sugar over the top 10-15 minutes before you take it out of the oven. 
Return it to the oven and continue baking, until firm when pressed in the center.
Let cool on a rack for about 20 minutes. Serve warm.


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  1. These little pudding dish are so cute and pretty. I love bread puddings and I love blueberries. I never had the two together though. I would love to try this one!!!

  2. This looks like the perfect comfort food! Love the little dishes, too. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. This looks amazing! Your pictures are so beautiful. My husband and I had bread pudding made from doughnuts last night at a restaurant. It wasn't nearly as good as I expected. I bet your recipe would make up for it! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Most of the bread pudding I've eaten was made with raisins but yours looks infinitely better. I might have to give it a try because I love blueberries!

  5. Looks soooo good! You are an awesome cook! :)

  6. Wow! Sounds delicious. I love bread pudding, but usually only make it during the winter months. This has summer written all over it! I'll have to try it soon.

  7. That looks so yummy! We are going blueberry picking this week and this is on my list to bake! Thank you for sharing! Holly

  8. Oh my gosh, these look so fantastic I have always loved bread pudding - especially my Grandma's recipe that she cooked for us as children. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Oh yes...that looks great. Lemons and blueberries are always a hit!

  10. This looks so easy to make! and it looks like it`s delicious :x

  11. This looks so good and to have something this decadent this time of year is very comforting!

  12. Lemons and blueberries are a favorite.

  13. Delicious! Stumbled!

  14. one of my favorite things my friend!!! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥

  15. My husband is not a fan of bread pudding and I make one that is out of this world. But....he is a huge fan of blueberries. Hmmmm....I wonder if he would eat yours. Well....I guess I'd better make it to find out! :)

    Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Project Inspire{d}!!

  16. I love bread pudding but have never made it. This sounds delicious! Will be making it soon. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Anonymous1:01 AM

    Yum they look delicious, I'd love try some it. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  18. This will be a great dessert to make with my husband's homemade bread. thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday. Pinned.

  19. LOVE this!! I'm featuring it tomorrow! :) Thanks for sharing it with us! Pinned!


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