Raspberry brioche bread pudding – an easy, indulgent dessert or sweet breakfast casserole recipe, made with brioche bread, a sweet vanilla orange custard, and vibrant raspberries. Top with powdered sugar or ice cream. Perfect for the holidays or feeding a crowd!
- 1 loaf brioche bread, cubed ¹
- 3 Tbsp organic cane sugar, divided
- zest of one navel orange
- 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup raspberries ²
- Preheat the oven to 350℉. Lightly grease a baking dish with softened butter. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, use your fingers to combine 2 Tbsp sugar with the orange zest until fragrant and completely incorporated.
- Stir in the salt followed by the eggs, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the crème fraîche, milk, and vanilla.
- Evenly arrange the brioche cubes in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the egg mixture over the bread, being sure to completely moisten the top layer.
- Top with the raspberries, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 Tbsp sugar.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until puffed and golden. Cover loosely with aluminum foil as needed, if the bread begins to brown too quickly.
- Remove from the oven, and let cool for fifteen minutes, to set up a bit before serving. Serve warm with a dusting of confectioners sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!
¹ French Brioche bread can be found in the bakery section of most well-stocked grocery stores (I found mine at Whole Foods), and is often easier to find during the holidays. Challah also works well. Day or two old is best to soak up the custard without getting overly mushy.
² Fresh or frozen raspberries will work. If using frozen berries, let them defrost in a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl for at least 30 minutes to release some of their moisture before baking. Blueberries or cranberries would be lovely as well.
You can easily divide the recipe into individual ramekins for personal servings. The bread pudding can also be prepared the night before, then baked the day of. Simply cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to bake. Add 5-10 minutes to the baking time as needed. Ceramic baking dishes tend to hold their temperatures extremely well – so coming from a cold fridge can considerably lengthen the baking time. Keep and eye on it.
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