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Brioche bread pudding

I’ve never appreciated the appeal of bread pudding – I always thought it would taste bland and I just couldn’t understand how bread belonged in a pudding.  While shopping for Christmas I came across some brioche loaves which looked gorgeous and fluffy and sweet, thinking I would have some toasted with tea or something.  But then for some reason I decided to make brioche pudding because well, that sounds so much more luxurious than bread pudding.  So I made it over Christmas, for Christmas Eve in fact.

I was amazed at how delicious this incredibly easy dessert was … it’s the very definition of pudding and is everything pudding should be; squidgy-soft, vanilla-sweet custard soaked bread with ever so slightly crispy sugary topping.  If you were inclined, you could slice some peaches and place them in the baking dish before you pile on the bread and custard.


400g brioche loaf
3/4 cup pouring (single) cream
3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
2 eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar + 2 x 20ml tablespoons extra
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Dice brioche into 2cm pieces and place in greased ceramic baking dish – I used a 21cm square dish which was 6cm high.

Whisk all other ingredients together (except extra sugar) until well combined and pour over the brioche pieces.  Squash the brioche into the custard with your hands.  Sprinkle the extra 2 tablespoons brown sugar over the top.  Leave to sit for 15 minutes so the bread absorbs the custard mixture.

Place in preheated 175 degree oven for 40 minutes or until custard is just set and top is lightly browned.

Serves: 6

    6 Responses leave one →
    1. January 12, 2012

      I can almost smell the butter, brioche bread pudding sounds too delicious

    2. January 12, 2012

      This sounds so good and looks very elegant. I love the use of brioche in a bread pudding; it’s worth saving some for;)

    3. January 15, 2012

      My favourite pudding to make is brioche and chocolate bread and butter pudding so I know exactly what this tastes like – just as you say; squidgy, vanillary etc. Such a great pudding.

      • January 15, 2012

        Chocolate bread and butter pudding sounds so good!

    4. Sarah permalink
      August 3, 2013

      I made this for a family dinner and it got rave reviews! I added cinnamon to the brown sugar on top and I’m going to add very thin slices of apples next time I make it. This recipe is a keeper. Glad I remembered to convert the oven time to 350*

      • August 3, 2013

        That’s awesome Sarah! Thank for letting me know, also adding apples and cinnamon is inspired.

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