White Chocolate Berry–Cherry Bread Pudding by Wolfgang Puck

White Chocolate Berry–Cherry Bread Pudding by Wolfgang Puck

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“Bread pudding is great for entertaining because you can serve it hot, warm, or at room temperature. Frozen spring and summer fruits bring bright, festive color and flavor to this winter dessert.”

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Serving Size / Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 C. cubed stale brioche, challah, croissants, or crustless French bread (1-inch cubes)
  • Butter-flavored or plain nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 C. whole milk
  • 1 C. heavy cream
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 lg. cage-free eggs
  • 4 lg. cage-free egg yolks
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3⁄4 C. white chocolate chips
  • 11⁄2 C. frozen mixed berries and/or frozen pitted cherries

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Spread the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet, place in the oven, and toast until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the bread cubes from the oven, but leave the oven on.

Generously spray a 12-inch round ovenproof pan or a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer the bread cubes to the pan, spreading them evenly.

In a large saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and sugar over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, and salt. Slowly pour 1⁄2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the eggs while whisking continuously. Then, while whisking the milk mixture in the pan continuously, carefully pour the egg mixture into the pan, using a rubber spatula to scrape every bit from the bowl.

Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread cubes and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Then, using the spatula or the back of a large spoon, gently press the bread down into the custard mixture. Sprinkle the white chocolate chips evenly over the top, and fold them gently into the bread mixture. Evenly spread the berries and/or cherries on top.

Place the baking dish inside a larger roasting pan. Open the oven door, pull out the center rack most of the way, but not so far that it will tip when the pan is set on it. Set the roasting pan holding the baking dish on the rack, and then pour hot water into the roasting pan to reach about halfway up the sides of the baking dish. Slowly slide the rack into the oven and close the oven door. Bake until the pudding appears just set in the center when the baking dish is gently jiggled and the top is just beginning to color, about 45 minutes.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven, being careful to avoid splashing the water, and lift the baking dish out of the pan. Serve the pudding hot, warm, or at room temperature.



Recipe courtesy of The Macy’s Culinary Council Thanksgiving & Holiday Cookbook

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