A Sweet Treat: White Chocolate and Cranberry Bread Pudding

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An Introduction to Comfort in a Bowl for a December Dessert Idea: Nothing says cozy comfort like a warm bowl of bread pudding on a chilly autumn evening. In this recipe, flaky pieces of bread are soaked in a creamy custard dotted with bursts of tart cranberry and swirls of white chocolate. The results are decadent and delicious.


  • 8 slices day-old white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter.
  • Toss bread cubes with cranberries and white chocolate. Spread evenly in the prepared dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well blended.
  • Pour the custard mixture over the bread and press gently to submerge. Cover with foil and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes, until the bread pudding is set and the top is golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving warm with a dollop of whipped cream.

Pros, Cons, and Nutrition

Bread pudding makes great use of day-old bread that would otherwise be tossed.

Both cranberries and white chocolate add antioxidants while lending flavor and texture.

At under 400 calories per serving, this indulgent dessert can easily be part of a balanced diet. Those with dairy sensitivities may prefer oat or soy milk substitutions.

Necessary Equipment

An 8×8 inch baking dish, whisk, measuring cups and spoons.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use frozen bread?

A: For best results, use fresh bread that has been left at room temperature overnight to dry out slightly.

Q: What if I don’t have heavy cream?

A: Substitute with whole milk and increase the vanilla for extra flavor.

Q: Can I make this ahead?

A: Yes, you can prepare the bread pudding up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Q: How do I reheat leftovers?

A: Warm individual portions in the microwave for 30 seconds or refresh in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes.

Q: Will children like this?

A: Absolutely! Kids love the comfort of bread pudding and sweet cranberries make it crowd-pleasing.


Try your hand at this cozy classic – it’s sure to become a new favorite for cool autumn nights. Share your creation on social media with #SweetBreadPudding. Bon appétit!

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