This spectacular Raspberry Bread Pudding is a Copy Cat of Kneader’s Raspberry Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce. Traditional hearty Country French Bread is soaked in a rich creamy egg vanilla batter, layered with fresh raspberries, topped off with more delicious vanilla cream soaked bread… and baked to a golden crisp. The finishing touch is a healthy drizzle of a decadent delicious warm vanilla cream sauce.
This dessert is why the word “Yum” was invented!
Last year I was having lunch with my daughter at one of our favorite local bakeries…”Kneaders”. They have the most amazing sandwiches and baked goods.
Their front door is the gateway to “Carb Heaven”! (I seriously hear angels singing every time I enter!) Any who…I decided to try a new dessert from their repertoire.
I strayed outside my chocolate comfort zone and ordered a piece of their Raspberry Bread Pudding with Warm Vanilla Cream Sauce. I need to insert a small disclaimer here…I’m not generally a huge bread pudding fan. (My dearly departed English relatives all just gave one collective sigh of disgust!)
However…in an attempt to redeem myself… OH. MY. WORD! Friends! There are desserts and there are DESSERTS!
From the first fantastic bite, until I was licking the last drop of cream sauce off my finger (Yes! I ran my finger around the dish collecting every last tiny morsel! I have no shame at all…and I’m proud of it!) I was in dessert ecstasy.
I had to make this Raspberry Bread Pudding at home. A dessert this good needs to be available to all! I promise this is identical to Kneaders!
Okay, so this isn’t a low-fat, low-calorie friendly dessert. (Who wants to be friends with them anyway?) If you’re looking for that…this isn’t it! This is a truly decadent dessert and I’m not making any apologies for it. Not when it’s this good!
Start with the raspberry filling. We want the raspberries to have time to release all their juices and the sugar to dissolve.
In a medium bowl place fresh raspberries, sugar, and apple juice.
Gently fold the mixture together, being careful not to smash the raspberries. Now set them aside and let them “macerate”. That’s a cooking term for allowing fruit to sit in liquid.
Cut bread into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes.
In a large mixing bowl combine together cream, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until smooth and creamy.
Add prepared bread squares. Allow to soak for 30 minutes gently turning every five minutes. Make sure you turn from the bottom and fold over the top. You want the bread cubes to absorb as much of the cream batter as possible.
Preheat your oven to 375°. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Add 3/4 of the bread mixture to the bottom of the dish.
Add Raspberry mixture on top of the bread mixture. Note…You should be drooling by now! Isn’t that beautiful.
Add remaining soaked bread cubes. Gently push them down to compact the ingredients slightly.
Place in the center of your oven rack . Set the timer for 40 minutes. Start warming up those taste buds! Cause they’re in for the taste treat of a lifetime!!!
When the Bread Pudding is done…it will have spectacular golden crusty peaks with bubbling raspberry filling peeking out from under that golden top! (Isn’t that beautiful and completely calorie worthy!)
Next you’ll want to make the swooney (I’m not sure that’s a word…but who cares! Ya get what I’m saying right?) Vanilla Cream Sauce! This cream sauce takes a fantastic dessert and elevates it too magnificent!
In a medium size sauce pan melt 1 1/3 cups butter. Add 5 Tablespoons of flour and whisk into melted butter. Stir 10 minutes until it has a nutty aroma. Do NOT brown the mixture. It should still be light in color.
Add salt, a million gallons of cream (I’m kidding!)… add 3 cups…just shy of a million gallons. lol Add sugar. Continue stirring over low heat until mixture thickens slightly.
Remove from heat. Add in vanilla. Stir until smooth and creamy.
Cut your Raspberry Bread Pudding into squares. Serve the warm Vanilla Cream Sauce drizzled over that spectacular warm Raspberry Bread Pudding.
All you need now is a fork….and a bib! (You’re gonna drool! Just embrace it!)
Nesting Friends…this dessert was taste tested by a group of my friends. I can promise you…every single one of them was raving about this Raspberry Bread Pudding.
It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures. Throw in the mandatory… (Yes! It’s Mandatory!)… Vanilla Cream Sauce…let’s just say…food love was in full swing!
Raspberry Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce is the perfect Easter dessert for your Holiday dinner table. Actually it’s perfect any time and for any occasion! It’s truly spectacular. I sincerely cannot recommend this dessert enough.
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If you want this dessert to cut into nice squares, chill it before hand and then cut it into squares. Then microwave each piece for 20-25 seconds and top it off with the warm vanilla cream sauce.
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