Bread pudding

October 16, 2012  •  Category:


My mom, who has aphasia, was pointing excitedly at a photo in her favorite magazine, Femme Actuelle. A quick glance at the ingredients, stale brioche, eggs, milk, raisins, rum, OH! I get it! She wanted to have  bread pudding. That is her favorite dessert, after all. 

The great thing about bread pudding is that it is so foolproof and so versatile, anything can go in it, say, some frozen cherries from last Summer, for example. 


  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream or 1 small 3 oz pkg of cream cheese or 2 pkg of KIRI cheese
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of rum or vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup of pitted cherries (frozen) (optional) 
  • 14 oz of cubed stale raisin brioche (or challah or similar bread)
  1. Grease a long rectangular loaf pan; line it with baking paper. Cut the raisin brioche into chunks and place in a large saucepan; pour the milk on the bread and heat gently until the bread has absorbed most of the milk; meanwhile, whip the eggs and sugar in a bowl and add the vanilla or rum, cinnamon, nutmeg and sour cream. If using cream cheese or Kiri, melt it with the milk and bread mixture. 
  2. Cool the bread mixture a few minutes then add it to the egg mixture and combine the two. Add the cherries last. Pour into the loaf pan and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until puffed up and set. Serve warm or at room temperature.
NOTE: If you can’t find brioche, use any type of stale and soft bread. If using plain bread, add more sugar, if you like (about one cup, total).


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  1. Familycook says:

    This is my favorite dessert too:) I have never tried making it at home. You have made it look so easy!

  2. Christine @ Fresh says:

    I have never had a bad bread pudding so it is amongst my favorite desserts. This version looks delicious with the richness and tang of sour cream and twist of rum.

  3. Oui, Chef says:

    I’ve never made bread pudding in a loaf pan like this, what a novel concept! I’m wondering, am I the only person that has never seen one this way? Just love it!

  4. Diane says:

    We love bread pudding but have never used cheese in it before must give it a try. thanks Diane

  5. Devaki @ weavethousa says:

    Joumana dear – what a beautiful bread pudding – no wonder your Mum was super excited & what a good daughter you are to make it for her 🙂 Those pitted cherries are a surprise and a delight for sure!

    chow 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  6. Susan says:

    I love bread pudding too! What a lovely dessert with the cherries.

  7. Alicia (foodycat) says:

    Gorgeous bread pudding! I’m not surprised your mum loves it.

  8. nanda says:

    Very good! I like

  9. Marlene says:

    Joumana I’m in love with that beautiful cup ! Where did you get it from ? I know it’s been a while since you posted this recipe but maybe you still remember ?! Your cups of coffee and tea are always gorgeous! You should start a collection !

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