This skillet blueberry bread pudding recipe is absolutely loaded with blueberries and has lots of flavour from cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest. Delicious with vanilla ice-cream!
As we are soon headed into one of the yummiest seasons of the year for produce, today I’m sharing one of my fave recipes using Newfoundland’s best: blueberries!
You may have seen my cast-iron skillet fruit cake bread pudding around here so I thought I’d share a more seasonal version that I know you guys are gonna love! By the way, if you’re a fan of easy bread pudding recipes (like me), there’s more to come!
This bread pudding recipe isn’t loaded with a lot of refined sugar. Aside from the ¼ cup of sugar and a little jam, this one gets most of its sweetness naturally from those little blue gems.
I always, always, have blueberries on hand throughout the year thanks to relatives who generously share with me (thanks mom, mom-in-law and pop). Wild blueberries are smaller than mass produced varieties but have way more flavour. They’re sweeter and seriously addictive.
What is Bread Pudding?
Bread pudding is a bread-based dessert (kinda like custard), which usually includes:
- Bread (usually on the stale/dry side, aka ‘day old’ bread)
- Milk and/or cream
- Some sort of fruit like raisins or, in this case, blueberries.
It’s a fabulous way to use up bread that you have lying around without having to waste it!
How to Make Bread Pudding
Full details on how to make this blueberry bread pudding are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Place cubes of bread in a greased skillet.
- Sprinkle blueberries over top of bread, getting into those little nooks and crannies.
- In a bowl, mix together, milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar and lemon zest. The cinnamon will not completely dissolve. This is totally normal for cinnamon; it’s a rebel, LOL.
- Pour milk mixture over cubes of bread. Gently press down to help the bread absorb the milk mixture. Don’t press too hard or squish the berries too much. Let sit 10 to 15 minutes.
- Dollop with blueberry jam and bake.
- Garnish with extra lemon zest if you like. Cool slightly and enjoy!
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Best Type of Bread To Use
I picked up a lovely ‘white country loaf’ from my local grocery, but other varieties work good too (like Brioche and French bread). Just pick a yummy bread that works best for bread pudding.
I wouldn’t recommend a mass produced sandwich style basic bread, though.
And don’t go using the freshest bread possible. I know, most times that would totally make sense. However, for a bread pudding recipe, ‘day old’ is best. You want the bread a little dry because it will more easily soak up the milk mixture.
If your bread is too fresh and moist, you can still make this bread pudding. Cut bread into cubes (or tear into bite-sized pieces), place on a baking sheet in a 300 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 10 minutes or so and then proceed with the recipe.
Do I Need to Refrigerate Bread Pudding?
Yes! This is quite moist, has eggs and milk and all that good stuff, so I would totally recommend storing in the fridge.
Of course, bread pudding is best enjoyed warm out of the oven with a big ol’ scoop of ice cream, but it will last 3 to 4 days properly stored in the fridge (remove from the skillet and store in an airtight container). Reheat leftovers when ready to enjoy.
More Recipe Tips
Like mentioned above, ensure your bread is ‘day old’ or stale-ish. It helps the bread suck up all that milk/liquid mixture. If you have fresh bread, you can easily dry out in the oven.
I used frozen blueberries, but you could totally use fresh.
Speaking of berries, I used a lot in this bread pudding recipe. If you want to use a little less, say 1.5 cups, go for it!
More Berry Recipe You May Enjoy
- Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries
- Baked Blueberry Donuts
- Roasted Blueberry Crostini (so perfect for summer entertaining)
You can certainly enjoy this blueberry bread pudding as is, but I highly recommended a big ol’ dollop of vanilla ice-cream. Or, if you really wanna go all out, garnish with a generous spoonful of my homemade lemon curd. Treat yourself! Hope you love it!
If you make this easy bread pudding recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed!
Easy Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe
- Baking spray (to grease skillet)
- 5 cups day-old bread (Brioche or French bread works great) , cubed (about 8 oz or ½ pound)
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1.5 cup milk (I used 2% milk fat)
- ½ cup heavy cream (also known as 'whipping cream', 35% milk fat)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 1 lemon, plus more for garnish (garnish optional))
- ⅓ cup blueberry jam (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. .
- Grease 10-inch cast-iron skillet with baking spray. To skillet, add bread. Note: If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, use a small casserole dish.
- Sprinkle berries over top of bread and allow some to naturally fall in between cubes of bread.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar and lemon zest.
- Pour milk mixture over bread and just GENTLY press bread down to soak up some of the milk mixture. Dollop blueberry jam over top of bread pudding (if using). Let sit 10 to 15 minutes.
- Bake for 65 to 70 minutes until cooked through and set (if it browns too quickly, top with aluminum foil). Check to see if it's done with a wooden skewer (when inserted in the centre of the bread pudding, it should come out clean).Note: The bread pudding will rise as it bakes, but fall a little as it cools.
- Carefully remove from the oven and let cool 30 minutes before serving. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream. Enjoy!Note: Bread pudding is best freshly made, but leftovers can be removed from the skillet and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Reheat leftovers when ready to enjoy.
- Ensure your bread is ‘day old’ or stale-ish. It helps the bread suck up all that milk/liquid mixture. If you have fresh bread, you can easily dry out in the oven.
- I used frozen blueberries, but you could totally use fresh.
- Speaking of berries, I used a lot in this bread pudding recipe. If you want to use a little less, say 1.5 cups, go for it!
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