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blueberry almond bread pudding

Quote from  American consultant, statistician and educator W. Edwards Deming

I believe that these pictures of my blueberry almond bread pudding officially mark the end of the blog posts about the goodies I made with all those fresh blueberries I picked earlier this summer. Took me long enough, eh?

The inspiration for this bread pudding came from a post at Food Gawker over the summer. I really like to use sites like Tastespotting and Food Gawker to find new food to make and bake. Anytime I’m bored by my own ideas and my own cookbooks, all I need to do is to turn to the food blogs for an endless set of options.

This particular recipe was adapted from a recipe at Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once.

blueberry almond bread pudding

As usual, I did make a few alterations to the original recipe. I used fresh blueberries instead of frozen as I had plenty of fresh ones available. I baked the brioche from scratch from a recipe in Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. I did take a few shortcuts in baking it (as I really didn’t want to wait 24 hours to bake the brioche) and it probably would have tasted better if I hadn’t taken them.

The original recipe used a Meyer lemon marmalade in the filling. I skipped that entirely as I had no Meyer lemon marmalade and no way of obtaining or making any since Meyer lemons weren’t in season. Instead of the marmalade, I used copious amounts of amaretto and slivered almonds to add a little more flavor to the pudding.

I also used a lot more cream and eggs than the recipe called for as it seemed too dry otherwise…but maybe I made my bread pudding in a larger quantity than the original recipe?

This was the first bread pudding I’ve ever made but it certainly won’t be the last. Next time I may or may not go to the trouble of baking the brioche from scratch…baking the brioche wasn’t difficult but it takes a long time to prepare…and then I had to wait another day to assemble and bake the bread pudding. The anticipation of the eventual dessert killed me…enough so that the next time I make bread pudding, I might start with stale French bread from the grocery store to save myself a day.

blueberry almond bread pudding

6 Comments

  1. Bread pudding is such a wonderful comforting dish

  2. I did the same thing as you. I baked up a fresh Challah bread and then turned it into a pumpkin bread pudding. But spending all that time baking the bread just to put it in to the bread pudding was kind of a let down! My bread pudding was spread too thin so it was just thin, like toast :( not a very good try. I’d like a little more custard personally…

  3. this looks absolutely delicious! bread pudding has always been a favorite of mine during the fall season :)

  4. Blueberries are definitely one of my favorite fruit. You mentioned the original recipe called for Meyer lemon marmalade. I’m going to have to look into that, as I’ve seen it listed in quite a few recipes as of late.

  5. Wow that really looks great, although I not huge on bread puddings,

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