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Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

This old fashioned Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe is a favorite at my house, freckled with ripe blackberries for bright berry flavor!

BEST Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

My first few years of marriage were a time of wonderful memory making.

I had just started teaching third grade and loved every minute of it. After shuffling the little guys out the door each day, I would grade papers, plan for the following day, and rush home to sift through cookbooks and food magazines. There I would search for recipes that would spark my creative juices.

Making Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

Old fashioned bread pudding was something my young hubby and I would bake again and again, combining different flavors and experimenting with sauces. We thought of a bread pudding recipe as the most comforting, yet chic, dessert at the time and would serve it to guests any chance we got.

I think we put on a few “bread pudding pounds” that first couple years of marriage.

Simple Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

A classic bread pudding recipe is the ultimate pillow of goodness, with crisp toasted edges and a rich custard-like interior that puts the best french toast to shame.

It’s the perfect cradle to gently nestle early summer’s precious gift of bright blushing berries.

Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

This Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe, is utterly irresistible and hassle-free to boot. Simply toss chunks of good bread and fresh berries into a baking dish, then whisk up a custard base and pour it over the top. After baking you have a bubbling cloud of creamy pudding with a crunchy golden top.

Big sigh….

Love this Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

I served this perky Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe at a dinner party last week and it was an overwhelming sensation. More proof that my “Less is More” mantra for the year is a happy path to take.

Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 75 minutes


  • 1 pound loaf of good country bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups half & half (or whole milk)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place the bread cubes and blackberries in a 9X13 baking dish and toss to distribute the blackberries evenly.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together into a frothy custard base.
  3. Pour the custard over the bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake uncovered for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden and bubbly. The bread pudding should still be a little jiggly in the middle. All it to cool for 20 minutes before serving. (If the top starts to get too dark, place a piece of loose foil over it while baking.) Serve warm.

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45 Responses to “Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding Recipe”

  1. shelly (cookies and cups)posted May 21, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I love bread pudding! It’s one of my favorite desserts that I never have :)


  2. Rachel @ Twin Toughposted May 21, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Looks amazing, Sommer!! I’m making my weekly grocery list this morning, and I’m going to make sure I get everything I need to make this! Hope you guys are doing well. Love you!


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted May 21, 2012 at 6:47 am

    This sounds so delightful! Yum!


  4. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted May 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

    girl, you had me at bread pudding. to die for!


  5. Jillposted May 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!


  6. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted May 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    What is it about bread pudding? It makes my mouth water just thinking about it and yours is gorgeous, Sommer!


  7. Marlyposted May 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What a fun recipe – I think it looks like it would be good for breakfast too. Yumm!


  8. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuikposted May 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness…this is speaking to me. Pinned it! Must make this for breakfast, or dessert this weekend. Or both.


  9. Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaverposted May 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I used to have an aversion to bread puddings when I was a kid – and now that I’m grown I can see that I am my mother’s daughter – her love of bread puddings have worn off on me and I can’t get enough of them!! This is simply – beautiful!!


  10. chalyndaposted May 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

    what kind of bread did you use? i dont know what good country bread is


    • Sommer — May 21st, 2012 @ 9:39 am

      Hi Chalynda,

      This loaf was labeled “country-style” but is a dense hearty white bread. You could use sourdough as well.


  11. marissa @ the bootposted May 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

    this is beautiful! i love bread pudding, it’s so comforting! i love that the blackberries make it summery.
    p.s. new to your blog and i love it!


  12. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted May 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Looks incredible Sommer! I love bread pudding…and this looks like the perfect summery treat.


  13. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted May 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

    love bread pudding! Especially the old fashioned kind!


  14. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted May 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    My daughter has always loved bread pudding but I wasn’t there. What changed that for me? Adding fruit! Actually it was fruit and cream cheese but still I think it was the fruit that did it. I must try this; I just happen to have both the berries and far too many eggs on hand; it was meant to be!


  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Sommer, this pie turned out so beautiful! I love those big, fresh blackberries bursting out of the top. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!


  16. Monsterscircusposted May 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I love all variations over bread puddings, I Think I’m going to love this one also! Have a nice evening.


  17. bake your dayposted May 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This is a bread pudding that I am on board with. I love blackberries and just bought some this weekend. Can’t wait to try this!


  18. Jeanetteposted May 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    One of my girlfriends is a bread pudding lover. Bookmarking this so I can make it for her for a special occasion.


  19. Melissaposted May 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    How many calories per serving?


    • Sommer — May 21st, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      Uhhh, that my dear, is a great question. Although I try not to worry about such things when I’m eating dessert. It sort of ruins it for me. ;)

      I bet you could plug the recipe into a calorie app and it would give you a good idea.


  20. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Your bread pudding looks amazing!! Yum!!!


  21. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted May 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Why yes, Sommer, I will take this entire dish all for myself. Thanks for offering! This looks scrumptious. I love bread pudding. I need to make one soon.


  22. Belinda @zomppaposted May 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits…and can see that this would make any relationship a happy one.


  23. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted May 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Now if only I could claim my extra pounds are bread pudding pounds! I’d have to add scones, and muffins, and cookies… and well, you get the idea.


  24. Kim Beeposted May 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    This is gorgeous. It looks so rich and decadent. Love how pretty the blackberries look in this.


  25. marlaposted May 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Everything about this bread pudding is irresistible ~ love those blackberries!


  26. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 22, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Bread pudding is the best comfort food!


  27. Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chewposted May 22, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a vanilla bread pudding, and the vanilla paired with blackberries sounds so delicious! What a lovely recipe, thanks for sharing!


  28. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted May 22, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I have a huge soft spot for bread pudding… and using fresh berries sounds like such a wonderful idea to brighten it up.


  29. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted May 22, 2012 at 7:28 am

    This is going on my “to try” list — love blackberries!


  30. Paula- bell'alimentoposted May 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

    The more blackberries the better! Want. Now.


  31. Angieposted May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This looks so good. I can’t resist anything blackberry.


  32. Apron Appealposted May 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve got some blackberries! I can eat this for breakfast right?


  33. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted May 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Mmmm I loooovee bread pudding!!! Love that you added blackberries to it. It looks sooo insanely good, yum!! :)


  34. Jennifer | Mother Thymeposted May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This looks so good. What a lovely combination of flavors. A dessert I definitely forward to making.


  35. Amy @ FragrantVanillaCakeposted May 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Your pudding is so beautiful and even better sounds delicious! Blackberries and vanilla sound so heavenly together! I would love a large portion of this!


  36. Erinposted May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Definitely a great bread pudding recipe. I obviously don’t make it enough.


  37. Debi Shawcrossposted May 25, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I am a fan of bread pudding anytime of the year, and love the summer feel of fresh berries in this one!


  38. RisaGposted May 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I just love bread pudding. It looks so good.


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  40. Erinposted March 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Thinking about using vanilla almond milk instead of the cream…. maybe a little less bread pudding pounds… that and I have it on hand, hopefully it still turns out as good as it looks!


  41. Corinnaposted April 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m always so happy when a google search returns a recipe from a blog I love.
    Bread is soaking as I type. Excited!
    Thank you.


  42. Barbara Annposted April 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I just made this, but I used challah bread because it’s what I had here. I did half blackberries and half red raspberries. I also substituted the vanilla extract and used 1 vanilla bean, scraped. It just came out of the oven. Smells heavenly. I made it for my hubby since bread pudding is his favorite and today is our wedding anniversary. Hope it tastes as good as it looks/smells!



  43. Lauren Cposted July 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I’m wondering if you can prepare ingredients, cover and refrigerate for much more than 2 hours. Or up to how long can this be prepped in advance before baked in the oven? For instance can I prepare it the night before I plan on serving and then put into oven the next day or does it become too soggy? Thanks!


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