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Bread Pudding French Toast with Mixed Berry Compote

Bread Pudding French Toast with Mixed Berry Compote. Make the bread pudding the day before, slice and fry in butter the next day, then top it with a delicious mixed berry compote.

Bread pudding french toast pictured with mint and powdered sugar

Bread Pudding French Toast with mixed berry compote.

We are huge fans of bread pudding at our house and you will find several bread pudding variations here on Rock Recipes. Spouse in particular is very, very fond of bread pudding; it and Sticky Toffee Pudding are her ultimate favourite desserts.

We had a bumble-berry bread pudding at brunch last weekend. Because of limited oven space at the time, I baked it in small loaf pans which could fit in the oven along with our roasted potatoes.

When leftover bread pudding presented itself in the fridge the next morning I couldn’t resist tempting Spouse with another taste of her favourite. I took  slices of the bread pudding and lightly fried in them in butter to get a nice golden colour.

Bread Pudding coming out of the oven for Bread Pudding French Toast with Bumbleberry Compote

Bread Pudding French Toast with Bumbleberry Compote

I then topped them with  with some powdered sugar and some of the leftover bumbleberry compote that I warmed and served over it. The result was amazingly good.

The bread pudding crisped up nicely when fried in the butter but the slices were thick enough that the creamy texture of the bread pudding was retained in the middle.

The perfect indulgent recipe for a special brunch!

I think this is an ideal idea if you are having guests for brunch because all of the prep for this dish is done in advance and all you would have to do is take a few minutes to fry the pieces on a griddle when your guests arrive. I also see this as a special occasion breakfast or brunch, perfect for Easter, Mothers Day or even Christmas morning.

Stock photo of frozen mixed berries.

Store bought bags of mixed berries are also ideal for this recipe.

This idea is a real keeper and I know we will be making it many more times with many different topping variations. I think I’ll try caramel apple next time!

Originally published Jan 17 2013. Republished Nov of 2017 to update recipe and make it print friendly.

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Bread pudding french toast pictured with mint and powdered sugar
Yield: 8 Servings or more

Bread Pudding French Toast with Mixed Berry Compote

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Bread Pudding French Toast with Mixed Berry Compote - make the bread pudding the day before, slice and fry in butter the next day, then top it with a delicious mixed berry compote.

Ingredients

For the Bread Pudding

  • 8-10 cups bread cubes, Dense crusty bread works best for this recipe.
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

For the Bumbleberry Compote

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries, ( I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cherries)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch , plus 1/4 cup water

Instructions

To prepare the Bread Pudding

  1. Grease two loaf pans well. Toss the bread cubes with the nutmeg and cinnamon.
  2. Place the spiced bread cubes into the greased pans
  3. Whisk together the whipping cream, milk, eggs, egg yolks,sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes, pressing down slightly to make sure all the cubes are soaked.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes until the custard is set and no longer liquid in the centre.
  6. Cool completely before removing it from the pans and chilling completely in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  7. When serving, slice the cold bread pudding in about 1 inch thick slices.
  8. Butter both sides of the slices and lightly fry to a golden brown on both sides before serving with powdered sugar and your favorite topping.
  9. It is delicious with maple syrup, honey or your favorite fruit compote, like the bumbleberry compote pictured.

To prepare the Bumbleberry Compote

  1. Bring the berries, sugar and 1/3 cup water to a gentle boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Thicken the compote with a slurry made my mixing together the corn starch and 1/4 cup water.
  3. Add the slurry, stirring constantly and cook for only an additional minute before removing from the heat and allowing to cool completely.

Notes

! For the Bread Pudding
8-10 cups bread cubes, Dense crusty bread works best for this recipe.
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups whipping cream
2 cup milk
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt
! For the Bumbleberry Compote
4 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries, ( I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cherries)
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp corn starch , plus 1/4 cup water

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 580Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 257mgSodium 280mgCarbohydrates 69gFiber 3gSugar 44gProtein 12g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Mark Belbin

Tuesday 1st of January 2019

First off, I've made many recipes from your website, and all of them have turned out fantastic. I did however attempted to make this dish and had some difficulties. When I removed the initial bread pudding from the oven it looked fabulous, but within minutes it sunk down and was unusable. It tasted great, and sliced good when it cooked, but unfortunately the pieces were too small where it had dropped. Ant suggestions as to what I might have done wrong?

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 6th of January 2019

Sounds to me like it was simply underbaked.

betty

Thursday 16th of November 2017

could you explain what is a Dense crusty bread? can I use sandwich loaf bread instead?

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

You can

Diana J Coady

Saturday 11th of November 2017

Was just wonderin'. Is it better to use whole milk (fresh or canned) in recipes like this. I've noticed that in some recipes, when using skim milk, the texture of the end product is not quite as I thought.

Thank you.

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 13th of November 2017

Yes I always use whole milk. Most of the time it will be canned because we don't keep fresh on hand unless we are buying it for a specific purpose.

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