Saturday, July 12, 2014

Savoring the Season: Summer Berry Bread Puddings

This is a summer bread pudding that is dressed to impress.  There is nothing complicated here.  The season's berries are peaking and they steal the show here in this easy to prepare bread pudding.



You may want to skip the main entree and go right to dessert


Berry Bread Puddings
Serves 8
Recipe from Epicurious


Ingredients:
8 cups of bread, cubed or torn into 1-1/2-inch pieces
4 cups mixed berries, such as blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry (in any combination)
8 eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 cups half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Prepare eight invidiual soufflé  ups ( 1-cup capacity) with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the berries to distribute evenly.  In another bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk or electric mixer on low speed until frothy.  Add the sugar and beat until well blended.  Add the half and half, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and continue beating on low speed until well blended.  Fill soufflé cups with bread and berry mixture, mounding it a bit on top.  Pour egg mixture over the bread and berries, filling evenly to the rim.

Place the soufflé cups in a large ovenproof baking dish and pour boiling water into the dish until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the soufflé cups.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick placed in the center of the puddings comes out clean.  remove from oven and allow to cool.  These can be made one day ahead; simply refrigerate overnight and serve at room temperature.  Just before serving, dust each top with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

25 comments:

We Are Not Martha said...

These are so beautiful! Love the fresh berries :)

Sues

Regina said...

Tried to grab a bite but the screen got in my way...........Looking goooooood!

Claudia said...

My blueberry bushes and raspberry bushes are bursting. This makes me so happy.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love fresh berries. These would absolutely steal the show.
Sam

That Girl said...

Love the idea of a summer bread pudding.

Rhodesia said...

I love bread puddings and this really does sound great. Saved and will try it very soon. Thanks. Have a good day Diane

Leigh said...

Velva, that looks absolutely scrumptious! We just started blueberry season here, and I have lots of eggs so this looks like a perfect dessert for us.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Perfection! Looks like you are getting a bumper crop of berries!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Velva!
Oh my, what a beautiful bread pudding! It's funny, I would never think to make bread pudding in the Summer but, looking at all those berries and the thought of comforting bread pudding, why not???

Thank you so much for inspiring and brightening up my day:)

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I love bread pudding and I've only ever sprinkled a few raspberries on top of mine. I'm in love with your summer berry puddings!

Monet said...

Yep! I'm definitely skipping dinner! This looks so delicious!

The JR said...

Looks fantastic. Love all of those berries, so I know that it tastes good too!

thepaintedapron.com said...

what a great idea Velva, and different from the expected pie!
Jenna

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I love this way of using berries. I would skip the entree too, Velva, and go right for dessert. I think I might be tempted to put a little ice cream on top. Yummy.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Bread puddings are sneaky delicious. What a wonderful summery version!

Tina said...

A dollop of frozen vanilla yogurt would be great on that dessert. You know how to get that "money shot" of a beautiful dish. Drooling here......this is worthy of a magazine cover :-)

Chris said...

Alexis adores all types of bread pudding and this one looks like no exception! All of that summer packed in there rocks.

Jem @ Lost in Utensils said...

It doesn't get more delicious! I've been making bread and butter puddings in winter over here on the other side of the world. Always have 'season envy' (with 'summer berry envy') when reading your posts Velva!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

the bread pudding looks wonderful and I love that you have not only served them individually but baked them that way too. Makes for easy entertaining!

Roz Corieri Paige said...

I've made a raspberry bread pudding that everyone loves, but I really need to make your recipe with such a wonderful array of summer berries to heighten the flavor! I LOVE THE HONEY, Velva! It is the best that I've ever tasted and I'm serious! Thank you SO MUCH!
xo
Roz

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Gloria Baker said...

I love these look amazing! I saved the recipe hope to make soon!!!xo

michaelswoodcraft said...

Love bread pudding and this looks delicious! Printed your recipe and hope to try it soon :)

check out one of my recent post, homemade vanilla bean ice cream!
http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/vanilla-ice-cream-2/

Amy said...

Just a quick note to let you know that I made this last night, it was creamy and delicious.

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