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
Recipe from Epicurious
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)
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 cups half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
powdered sugar for dusting
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.