Bread & Butter Pudding: so warm and comforting! With buttery-crisp, toasty bread & a creamy, vanilla custard, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the season!

Individual bread & butter puddings, in mini copper pots, with toasty buttered bread, dried cranberries, and powdered sugar, on a wire cooling rack.

This is a sponsored post, written by me and created in partnership with Keller’s Creamery. All opinions expressed herein are straight from my heart.

It’s Thanksgiving week! Gosh that sure snuck up on us, didn’t it??

What are your plans?

I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. We’ve been invited to share it with my sister-in-law’s family. Her dad owns a grocery in town, so you know the food is going to be good! I’ll be bringing my husband’s favorite double chocolate pecan pie, and an old favorite of my own as well.

Bread & butter pudding!

Bread & butter pudding: this is comfort food at its very best!  The bread gets so toasty & crisp on top, creamy & rich underneath.  I make this every winter and my family goes crazy for it!  #food #desserts #comfortfood #custard #breadpudding #baking

Have you ever had it?

I remember my grandmother making it when I was a kid. She just called it “bread pudding,” and I thought, ew. Bread? How can that be a dessert.

Fast forward about ten years and there I was, working as a pastry chef in a busy catering kitchen. I was fiercely curious about and obsessed with food (not much has changed!), and every so often I found myself with a little extra time to experiment.

One cold, wintry day, the rest of the staff was hungry for some comfort food. We had a bunch of extra Spolletini rolls lying around, and I had just seen Nigella create the most incredible bread & butter pudding on her show.

Sigh, Nigella. I’ve always loved her.

Bread & butter pudding: this is comfort food at its very best!  The bread gets so toasty & crisp on top, creamy & rich underneath.  I make this every winter and my family goes crazy for it!  #food #desserts #comfortfood #custard #breadpudding #baking

Anyway, I ended up making my own version and it was life-changing. The buttery bread, the sweet, vanilla-infused custard, the crunchy edges, the soft creamy middle… I CRAVE it, to this day, and it’s become a real tradition for me to make it at least once every year.

And there is no better time to enjoy it than right now, over the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s warm and comforting, with a little bit of a seasonal cranberry spin.

Plus, sometimes it’s nice to have another option besides pie.

I baked the bread & butter pudding you see here in individual portions, because these mini copper cocottes are just too cute not to use. But it can also be made in a larger baking dish and served family style. Just keep an eye on the custard as it’s baking. It may need a little more time. You’ll know it’s done when the edges of the bread look toasty and crisp, but the custard is still a bit wobbly towards the center.

Bread & butter pudding: this is comfort food at its very best!  The bread gets so toasty & crisp on top, creamy & rich underneath.  I make this every winter and my family goes crazy for it!  #food #desserts #comfortfood #custard #breadpudding #baking

Butter is everything in this dish. Taking that extra moment to butter the slices of bread gets them so crisp and melt-in-your mouth good.

Now I’m a Philly girl, so when I’m talking butter I’m talking Keller’s. Keller’s creamery has been around since 1906, and I grew up with their facility right down the street from my house. We’ve always had Keller’s on the table, as long as I can remember.

A Philadelphia family tradition, Keller’s Creamery delivers a variety of butter options that contain no artificial ingredients or added hormones, perfect for melting into a sauce, stirring into a batter or spreading on your toast, including:

  • Keller’s Salted
  • Keller’s Unsalted
  • Keller’s Sculptures – turkey sculptures add the perfect seasonal look and flavor to any tablescape and are available at retailers now. (Be on the lookout for Christmas tree sculptures come December!)

Keller’s varieties of creamy-fresh butter can be found at all major grocers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

To learn more about Keller’s Creamery, its Philadelphia heritage, and to find chef-inspired recipes for your next holiday or special occasion, visit http://www.kellerscreamery.com/.

Click here to download a digital coupon for your Keller’s Creamery Butter!

Individual bread & butter puddings in mini copper pots, dusted with powdered sugar & with a Thanksgiving turkey butter sculpture in the background.

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Bread & Butter Pudding

Bread & Butter Pudding: so warm and comforting! With buttery-crisp, toasty bread & a creamy vanilla custard, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the season!

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 1 hour
Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Spolletini rolls (or half a loaf of Italian bread), sliced
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) Keller's Creamery Salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons (half a stick) Keller's Creamery Unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons demerarra sugar
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and butter 4 cocottes (or a 6-cup baking dish).  
  2. Place the bread slices on a sheet pan in an even layer, allowing them to dry out overnight (or place them in a warm oven for about 20 minutes).  
  3. Spread a thin layer of salted butter on each of the bread slices. 
  4. Arrange the buttered bread in your baking dish(es), sprinkling with dried cranberries (if using). 
  5. Place the milk, cream, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and salt in a medium pot and place over low heat until steaming.  
  6. Whisk the eggs and yolks together in a large bowl, then ladle in the hot milk mixture, a little at a time, to warm the eggs.  
  7. Stir in the vanilla.  
  8. Pour the custard over the buttered bread.  
  9. Sprinkle with Demerarra sugar, and place the baking dish(es) into a larger pan.  Carefully pour hot water into the larger pan, to a depth of about 1 ½ inches.  
  10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (for individual bread & butter puddings)*, or until the edges of the bread have browned slightly but the custard is still a little wobbly towards the center.  
  11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for garnish, and serve warm. 

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Recipe Notes

*A larger baking dish may need a little more time in the oven.  

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1261kcal Calories from fat 827
% Daily Value
Total Fat 92g 142%
Saturated Fat 55g 275%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 491mg 164%
Sodium 1017mg 42%
Carbohydrate 94g 31%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 66g
Protein 18g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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