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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Individual Berry Bread Pudding and the Winner!


Upside down version. Isn't it adorable?
Happy October! Today marks the first day of October. Not sure why I'm so excited. Well, it's only 3 months away until the end of year 2010!

If you remember the organic giveaway last time, yesterday September 30th was a deadline and today we have a winner! 10 out of 31 commentors participated in the giveaway with a "make the world a better place" concept. I used to randomly generate the number. The maximum number is 10 and the lucky number is 8.

Kate from Kate's Kitchen is the lucky person who will receive a bag of an Arrow Mill organic waffle & pancake mix sponsored by Mambosprouts, an online community providing coupons, recipes, and healthy green living information, and also a hand picked Washington organic product from me.

Kate is helping the world  and environment by going green. Here's Kate's quote.

"We've done a lot to go green: recyclable bags, cf light bulbs, set back thermostat, driving to work together as often as possible, composting, recycling..."

Thank you everyone for participating in this giveaway. I'm so glad to hear and know we help make the world better in some way.

Today, I'd like to share an individual berry bread pudding. It's adorable and great for any party. Have I told you it's easy and affordable to make too! This bread pudding is inspired by a bread pudding at Water Bar, in San Francisco. It looks totally different as you can see but at least it inspired me to make some bread pudding right? I could use Nature's Pride bread and submit the entry to FoodBuzz if only I got a coupon sooner and it was easy to access in WA. I went to 3 local grocery stores and couldn't find ones. None of them carried Nature's Pride Brand. Oh well, life moves on.

Bread pudding at Waterbar -my inspiration

I decided to use French bread. Some recipes call for Chellah bread for the chewy texture. If you don't have it, that's totally fine. Any kind of bread would work really. I have researched it and combined a few recipes to make my own. It turned out well and tasted "me want some more". It's a little tangy from the berries but has a sweet taste cutting through from the custard/pudding resulting in a perfect dessert. It's one of my foodgasm moments. This can also be kept in a fridge for a few days. When you are ready to eat, pop it in the microwave for 1 min and voila! Or eat it cold if you prefer.


Individual Berry Bread Pudding
Yield: 2

2 cups French baguette, cut in 1 inch cube
1.5 cups mix of raspberry, blueberry, and black berry
1/2 cup sugar, divided (or adjust it to your sweetness)
1/2 vanilla pod, halved and scraped
2 eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
powdered sugar for garnish
fresh berries for garnish

Hot water
Baking tray or casserole dish


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add berries and 1/4 cup of sugar. Bring it to boil or until sugar dissolves and berries become smoochy but still has chucks. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Grease ramekins with butter or butter spray
  • Add bread into berry mixture and let it soak the sauce
  • Place the bread into each ramekin til full (see photo)
  • Beat eggs with 1/4 cup of sugar until blended. Add cream and vanilla. Continue beating until well combined.
  • Place prepared ramekins in a baking tray and pour hot water to 1/4 way of ramekins (see photo)
  • Pour egg mixture into each ramekin equally.
  • Bake it for 30-35 mins
  • Dust it with powdered sugar before serving.
  • You can eat it as is or make it an upside down (see the first photo)
  • Enjoy!

French bread

Fresh berries

Berry mixture

Prepared bread

Get in a hot tub

A little burn but I like it crispy

Top with fresh berries and dust it with powdered sugar

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Lazaro Cooks! said...


Love the bread pudding. I am not huge sweets eater but I do like my bread puddings. Wonderful way to put some great flavorful berries to use.

Keep spreading the good word about protecting the earth. It's the only one we have!

Be Good!

Jessie said...

Beautiful bread pudding!! I've just discovered a love for bread pudding, and I can't imagine a better way to have it than with drool-worthy fresh berries and French bread, mmm :) I love the fact that they're individual, too, so that I don't have to share with my husband- er, I mean, so that I can store them easier. Yes, of course ... ;)

Congrats to Kate for winning the contest! Good for you for making the Earth a greener place! :)

roxan said...

Wait, you had a giveaway? I totally missed that post! Oh well :)
Sigh, your bread pudding looks delicious. I love bread pudding! I try not to eat too much of it though because i thought it was too high in calories but looking at your list of ingredients it doesn't look that bad at all. Were you nervous when you inverted the ramekins?

Heather said...

These look so tasty!

Anonymous said...

olala! Those are gorgeous!

bunkycooks said...

These are lovely. I like small desserts and the recipe for 2 (since there are just 2 of us)!

Evan @swEEts said...

We are on the same baking wave length it appears.. I just posted individual bread puddings as well!! :)

Anncoo said...

Love the bread pudding! Must bookmark it and make them soon.
Congrats to the Kate, the winner ;)

foodies at home said...

Looks wonderful...I love all of those wonderful berries oozing out! Great end of summer treat!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious fruit addition bread pudding
congrats kate

lequan said...

Hey Tanantha,

Bread pudding is definitely up there on my fave desserts list. I often find bread pudding a bit too sweet, so I love that you used these berries to balance out the sweetness with the tangy taste. Great pictures too! This is a beautiful bread pudding! Have a wonderful weekend, dear!

Congrats to Kate!

Marisa said...

These ARE adorable. I like when anything is made into little individual portions--then I don't have to share! haha! I like how you used the restaurant dessert for your own inspiration.

Cook with Madin said...

Hi Tanantha, Great looking bread pudding. I love the addition of 3 berries. It's beautiful that they are individually served. Amazing photos you have too.

I missed your giveaway, my fault, I have been missing in action in a while. Congratulations to Kate.

Have a great weekend.

Monet said...

My sister loves bread pudding...I've made it for her a few times, but it has never looked as pretty as yours! Using those individual sized ramekins was a genius idea! Thank you for sharing your pretty photos with us. I will be making this for her the next time she visits! Congrats to the giveaway winner too!

Baking Barrister said...

Me want some more. Or just some at all. This is a really nice change from traditional bread puddings--don't often see fruity ones.

Lisa said...

Those bread puddings look amazing. So impressive and so delicious.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Oh YIKES!!! You had a giveaway?!? *blush* Er, sorry, I didn't realise bad :P

But I LOVE these little puddings - they're beautiful and they are a marvellous way to say goodbye to summer :)

Congratulations to Kate for winning!

Angie's Recipes said...

GOSH! I love those blackberry bread puddings!
Kate, Congratulations!

GreenGirl said...

Wow, never thought a bread pudding can look so good.
congratulation Kate for winning the contest

Mo said...

Your bread puddings are so cute! Especially upside down. :)

Gloria said...

love these! and yes they are adorable! and yummy! I love individual pudding! gloria

Rachel@Tasty Thailand said...

These look incredible and congrats on getting your photo on the front page of FoodBuzz. (That's how I found you :)

I'm a sucker for anything with berries, so will be trying this recipe !

Chef Dennis said...

Hi T

I love bread pudding, and have never tried it with berries, what a grea addition that makes!! I love the individual portions too, anytime I see individual desserts I think of serving it to my girls...They would love your version! Thanks for thinking Green too, it is so important to do everything you can!


Spicie Foodie said...

I like bread pudding but unfortunately never tried a berry version. Yours looks delicious and I think better than the one from the restaurant.

She's Cookin' said...

Beautiful bread pudding - esp. the upside down version. I love individual desserts - they're elegant and seem to say "you're special" - not to mention easy to serve!

Magic of Spice said...

Congratulations to the winner :) So love this bread pudding, and your photos :)
P.S. great reminders about preserving our planet and steps we can take to make a difference...

~Lisa~ said...

Yum Tanantha! This looks so delicious. And congrats on Top 9!

Anonymous said...

The pudding looks amazing, so good with all those luscious berries!

Stella said...

Hey Tanantha! Your bread pudding looks so good and very authentic. I bet it would be delicious with some whipped cream and a cup of strong coffee. I suppose I like everything with a cup of strong coffee though (smile)...
Oh, and congratulations to Kate-that's fun!
p.s. Your photos are wicked awesome here;)

Biren said...

I have never really made bread puddng but this looks yummy with all the berries. It looks gorgeous too! Congrats to the winner :)

Eva said...

Adding berries to bread pudding is a genius idea. It looks absolutely stunning and sounds delicious, will definitely be making these in the near/immediate future...

Foodessa said... I can actually think of serving bread puddings as a casually elegant dessert ;o)well done!

Flavourful wishes,

P.S. there's a little something on my AWARDS page for you ;o)

Megan said...

I love bread pudding - and having an individual one makes it that much more special!

Sue said...

Your bread pudding is a party for the senses...Beautiful and delicious!

Jamie said...

First of all, how fabulous is a recipe for 2? Love it! And berry bread pudding? Gorgeous! What a fabulous recipe!

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