Tart lemon curd tops individual bread puddings laced with berries. Fresh blueberries also work well in this recipe. Prepare the lemon curd while the puddings bake.
1 1/4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed French bread (about 8 ounces)
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, divided
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons butter
How to Make It
To prepare puddings, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add bread, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Divide half of bread mixture evenly among 8 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 3/4 cup berries. Divide remaining bread mixture among ramekins; top with 3/4 cup berries.
Cover each ramekin with foil. Place ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake, covered, at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
To prepare lemon curd, combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1 egg in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is light in color, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon juice and butter; cook 2 minutes or until mixture coats the back of a spoon, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Place saucepan in a large ice-filled bowl for 5 minutes or until lemon curd cools to room temperature. Serve lemon curd over warm bread puddings.
Good night, this was awesome! Normally I find it wrong to rate a recipe if I made a substitute but this is the exception. Blueberries were way expensive so I used fresh black raspberries and I don't think that affected it at all. The sauce is a must. Had it with husband for afternoon tea. Only thing is, I baked it in a souffle dish for about 30 minutes. I would even serve this for company brunch. One we will make again!
Absolutely delicious! Best bread pudding I've ever made (and I've made quite a few). The lemon curd makes it. I didn't measure how much bread I had. So, when the mixture looked a little dry, I added an extra egg and another 1/4 cup milk. I'm pretty sure that I had less bread than was called for, though. I'm sure that I'll be making this again.
We love this recipe. It can be made ahead,too - either cook the whole thing, up until adding the lemon curd, reheat and add lemon curd another day - or - prepare the pudding and refrigerate overnight. Both work well. In ramekins, the individual puddings reheat nicely in the microwave or the oven.
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