Blueberry Bread Pudding

As the days of summer are dwindling, I’m trying to squeeze in as many summer fruit recipes as I can. I found myself with an abundance of blueberries after a grocery ordering blunder. I ended up with twice as many as I meant to get. But hey, if that’s an occasional consequence of ordering groceries for delivery, I’m okay with that.

Knowing I needed a way to use up a bunch of those blueberries, I started brainstorming some baking ideas. I happened to remember finding a recipe for Blueberry Bread Pudding that used lots and lots of fresh berries in the pudding as well as in a sauce. Also knowing how much I love bread pudding, I knew it was meant to be.

Blueberry Bread Pudding is full of fresh blueberries and cream cheese. A great choice for a morning meal or dessert!

This bread pudding has so much going for it besides all those blueberries. Most notably is cream cheese. I adore blueberries and cream cheese together, and that combination doesn’t disappoint here. The cream cheese adds just a bit of flavor to complement all those sweet berries.

I really like that this isn’t overly sweet. Instead, it lets all those fresh berries be the predominant flavor. Everything else just serves to enhance that flavor.

Blueberries and cream cheese make for a delicious bread pudding that works as well for breakfast as it does for dessert.

The original recipe included some maple syrup, but I opted to go with a bit of vanilla and lemon instead to make it dessert-worthy as well as brunch-worthy. If you’re serving this for breakfast, you might want to skip the lemon and add the maple syrup or just drizzle a bit on top along with the blueberry sauce.

This is a great recipe for prepping ahead of time, making it an even better choice for a special breakfast or brunch. Once assembled, it will need to chill for at least 8 hours, so you can easily put it together the day before you want to serve it and then just pop it in the oven for a warm, freshly baked treat.

Blueberry Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Blueberry Bread Pudding

Ingredients

    For the bread pudding:
  • 16 ounce French bread loaf, cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces*
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 10 ounces blueberry preserves

Instructions

To make the bread pudding:

Lightly grease a 9"x 13" baking pan.

Place about half of the bread cubes in pan. Place cream cheese and 1 cup blueberries evenly over the bread. Top with remaining bread.

Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, and lemon juice. Pour over bread mixture. Press bread down into egg mixture as needed. Sprinkle with almonds.

Cover and chill 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake covered for 40 minutes. Then, uncover and bake 30 minutes or until set and lightly browned.

Let bread pudding stand for 5 minutes before serving.

To make the sauce:

Place remaining blueberries and preserves in a saucepan and stir to combine. Cook over low heat until warm.

Serve bread pudding with warm blueberry sauce.

Notes

*The smaller you can cut the cream cheese, the better. You want to get a little cream cheese in every bite!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2014/08/blueberry-bread-pudding/
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7 Comments

  1. Looks wonderful and I LOVE blueberries so much, this is a must make!

  2. This sounds soooo great! I’m loving blueberries in baking lately!

  3. I don’t want to let go of all the summer berries! Summer baking is my favorite because I am berry-crazed. Which means I end up buying them year round even though they are not as good.

  4. Jodee Weiland August 24, 2014 Reply

    This bread pudding looks awesome! I love bread pudding and with the blueberries and cream cheese, you just took it to a whole new level of delicious…thanks for sharing!

  5. sara August 24, 2014 Reply

    Lovely! This looks scrumptious!

  6. Kevin August 25, 2014 Reply

    Holy crap!
    That looks… AMAZING! I seriously want to make that and eat it. I am a huge lover of bread pudding, and this one looks like it could take the cake for being the best.

    Thanks for the recipe:)

  7. Joanne August 28, 2014 Reply

    Oh man I haven’t had bread pudding in forever and now I am craving it big time! Total comfort food and I love it all the more with the berries on top!

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