A Festive Bread Pudding

by zesty on December 23, 2009 · 5 comments

2 Days until Christmas!!  Good morning and welcome to another exciting blurb from yours truly.  Today is the day we have been waiting for the last six months – We are moving in TONIGHT!  The Upholstery cleaning team did their thing and we are good to go.  We worked at the house until about midnight last night trying to get the bedrooms prepped and I think we are ready to take the plunge tonight.


As promised from yesterday’s post – I told you I would get a little closer with a fantastic dessert delivered to the party by a “zesty” cousin.  I am a pretty huge fan of bread in general but when you throw it into a bread pudding dessert, I pretty much fly off the handle with excitement.  When I caught a glimpse of the bread pudding and  heard rumblings that it was in the kitchen I went scouting with the camera around my neck, snapping pictures left and right to get a good shot for you. 

Cranberries inside the bread pudding is so festive and exciting.   It was so delicious, moist and the sauce was crazy good.  Check it out below: 



  • 1 Quart milk
  • 2 Cups sugar (I use 1 white, 1 brown)
  • 1 Cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Loaves of white bread (Cut off all crust, cube andf then dry the cubes out on a baking sheet in a low 200 degree oven)


  • 2 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Cup cream
  • 3/4 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanila


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13X9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine 1 quart milk, 2 cups sugar, cranberries, eggs, vanilla, baking powder and cinnamon in large bowl; stir until well blended.
  3. Add bread and toss to blend thoroughly.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared dish.
  5. Bake 50 to 70 minutes or until golden and knife inserted into center comes out clean.
  6. For sauce, mix sugar,cream and butter; bring to a boil in small saucepan.
  7. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
  8. After about 3 minutes and the sauce begins to thicken add vanilla.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Cut bread pudding into squares.
  11. Spoon sauce over each serving.
  12. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Feel free to use raisins instead of cranberries if you want to go the more traditional route.  Nothing else in the recipe has to change to accommodate the raisins.

I want to thank my Cooking cousin so much for a great recipe and the oppurtunity to share it with you.  It tasted fabulous and by all means if you try it – let me know through the comments or email.  Have a great Wednesday and I will talk to you tomorrow.

Take care


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren December 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I love bread pudding, and this one looks absolutely delicious!

Thanks for posting the recipe.


2 Danica December 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Beautiful presentation Z! I LOVE how crisp and clear that picture is and the recipe sounds fantastic too.

Good luck with the move – can’t wait for pictures of the new house and maybe a house tour too :D


3 Amari December 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Yum, that bread pudding looks delicious! I have actually never had bread pudding, but this year my brother brought some home for the holidays so I will finally get a chance to try it!


4 Janna (Just Flourishing) December 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I’ve never had bread pudding before, but I know a lot of people who love it. One day I’ll give it a try!


5 Kari December 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Zesty…. made sticky date pudding today… def the bread pudding is so much easier to make.


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