Blackberry Bread Pudding Recipe
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This old fashioned Blackberry Bread Pudding Recipe is a favorite at my house, freckled with ripe blackberries for bright tangy flavor!
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 to spark my creative juices.
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.
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 summer’s precious gift of bright blushing berries.
This Blackberry 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 creamy Blackberry Bread Pudding Recipe with a crunchy golden top.
I served this perky Blackberry 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.
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Blackberry Bread Pudding Recipe
- 1 pound good country bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (1 loaf)
- 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 cups half-and-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
- Place the bread cubes and blackberries in a 9 x 13 baking dish and toss to distribute the blackberries evenly.
- In a large bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together into a frothy custard base.
- Pour the custard over the bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- 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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Ten years later and your recipe is still a hit! We had extra long brat buns leftover from a cookout and my husband asked me to use them to make bread pudding. I also had a bunch of blackberries on hand. Blackberry cobbler is my absolute favorite and this was a refreshing spin on that! I used three cups of blackberries (because I love them) and double the spices with a little added cloves (because I am extra). It is amazing! I plopped a little whipped cream on the top and YUM! Next time I might cut back on the sugar a little bit because I think the added blackberries made it sweeter naturally. Thanks so much for writing exactly what I needed!
This bread pudding changed hearts and minds! Several family members who generally don’t like bread pudding went back for seconds. Enough said. Try this recipe, make sure you bake through and serve warm!
I’m about to make it.
What if I use half blackberries and half raisins?
(I don’t have enough of either.)
Hi, I’m about to make this bread pudding, and I’m wondering do you mix the heavy cream with the rest of the ingredients, or is that used to make a whipped topping? Thanks.
It goes IN the breading pudding. Additional toppings are optional. Happy baking! :)
Can you you use the mug bread for this?
It SHOULD work, but I haven’t tried that. Make sure to cut the bread into cubes and toast it first. That way, it will have a better chance of holding its shape. Happy Baking!
I’m about ready to make this! I can’t wait to gain 100 more pounds! lol
Can you use raspberries with the vanilla blackberry Bread Pudding. I would like to make this for our family picnic this weekend. This recipe looks scrumptious. I so look forward to your response. Thanks….Gee
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Loved the recipe!!! Just moved to Portland where there’s a bountiful of wild Marion berries! I’m also gluten free so I used your recipe with one variation, I substituted gluten-free brown rice bread instead of the country white bread. With the fresh picked berries it came out scrumptious! Thanks again for recipe perfect summertime sweet!
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!
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!
I’m always so happy when a google search returns a recipe from a blog I love.
Bread is soaking as I type. Excited!
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!
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I just love bread pudding. It looks so good.
I am a fan of bread pudding anytime of the year, and love the summer feel of fresh berries in this one!
Definitely a great bread pudding recipe. I obviously don’t make it enough.
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!
This looks so good. What a lovely combination of flavors. A dessert I definitely forward to making.
Mmmm I loooovee bread pudding!!! Love that you added blackberries to it. It looks sooo insanely good, yum!! :)
I’ve got some blackberries! I can eat this for breakfast right?
This looks so good. I can’t resist anything blackberry.
The more blackberries the better! Want. Now.
This is going on my “to try” list — love blackberries!
I have a huge soft spot for bread pudding… and using fresh berries sounds like such a wonderful idea to brighten it up.
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!
Bread pudding is the best comfort food!
Everything about this bread pudding is irresistible ~ love those blackberries!
This is gorgeous. It looks so rich and decadent. Love how pretty the blackberries look in this.
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.
Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits…and can see that this would make any relationship a happy one.
Your bread pudding looks amazing!! Yum!!!
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.
How many calories per serving?
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.
One of my girlfriends is a bread pudding lover. Bookmarking this so I can make it for her for a special occasion.
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!
I love all variations over bread puddings, I Think I’m going to love this one also! Have a nice evening.
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!
love bread pudding! Especially the old fashioned kind!
Looks incredible Sommer! I love bread pudding…and this looks like the perfect summery treat.
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!
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!
what kind of bread did you use? i dont know what good country bread is
This loaf was labeled “country-style” but is a dense hearty white bread. You could use sourdough as well.
Oh my goodness…this is speaking to me. Pinned it! Must make this for breakfast, or dessert this weekend. Or both.
What a fun recipe – I think it looks like it would be good for breakfast too. Yumm!
What is it about bread pudding? It makes my mouth water just thinking about it and yours is gorgeous, Sommer!
This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!
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!!
This sounds so delightful! Yum!
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!
I love bread pudding! It’s one of my favorite desserts that I never have :)
girl, you had me at bread pudding. to die for!