Mixed Berry and White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, and enjoyed it with their friends and family. But the holidays are still on in full swing, and so is the cooking and baking spree. After taking a 3-day well-deserved skiing break, I got back to my oven to make this Mixed Berry and White Chocolate Bread pudding. Lots of desserts and delicacies fall under the "Pudding" umbrella, like gellos, panna cotta, mousse, gooey cakes and more. But the most widely-known form of pudding is the bread pudding. As the name suggests, you make layers of milk or cream-soaked bread and top it with fruits, nuts, chocolate or anything that your heart desires:) freeze it for some hours, then toss it in the oven to make it warm and gooey, and relish it with your favorite toppings. An exquisite dessert that can range from simple to elaborate and classic. There are tonnes of ways to experiment with this, but here's my version full of berries, raisins, chocolate and bread!

I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate, and don't generally use it in my cooking, with white chocolate mocha and white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies being exceptions. Somehow, it feels just right in this pudding recipe. It does help bring out the color and flavor of the mixed berries. But if you want, you can use regular chocolate too.

1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sugar (or less, if using sweet condensed milk)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded white chocolate (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
8-9 large slices of thick white bread (not too soft, toast for 1 minute if too soft)
1 cup condensed milk

Spray an 8-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the sprayed pan with plastic wrap, pressing it against the edges and allow some of the wrap to overhang on all sides.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the mixed berries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, The salt and lemon will urge them to give up some of their juice, and that's when you know the berries are cooked, about 10 minutes. Add the raisins and continue cooking until all the berries are soft and have well-cooked, forming a sauce. Remove from the heat and let it cool.

Remove the edges of the bread slices. Cut each slice into 4 pieces. Arrange one layer of bread slices, pour 1/2 of the berry sauce over them; add the white chocolate, then repeat with another layer of same ingredients.

Gently pour the milk evenly over the layers so it trickles down. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours.

Remove the pudding and carefully peel off the plastic. Now preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and bake the pudding for about 15-20 mins, just until the pudding is warm in the center and a bit of golden on the top. Remove and cut into huge chunks and serve the Bread Pudding immediately!

Tip: The pudding may be made 2 days in advance and kept refrigerated. This can be served with chocolate sauce, or ice cream or even whipped cream. Just remember that the pudding tastes best when it's warm and gooey.

Similar Recipes:
Banana Bread and Cream Cheese Pudding
Baked Strawberry Dessert Pudding
Vanilla Panna-Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

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Anonymous said...

Oh wow!! this pudding is doing tricks on my taste buds! I can taste the warm sweet chocolate with the tartness of the berries, and I love it! nice recipe Mansi!


Anonymous said...

I could easily dig into one of those chunks right now!! it's looking so fresh:) I think white chocolate goes very well with berries, so I'm all in for this baby!:D


Nora B. said...

That's a great twist to a classic. Love the colours the berries give to the bread pudding.

Anonymous said...

Mansi, I'm sooooooooo drooling over this pudding right now! sweet and tart, just as me and my kids like it! I'll surely make this for the New year's eve:)

Happy Holidays to you girl! look forward to all your fabulous posts in the coming year!!:)


Namratha said...

Looks awesome Mansi, love the colours!! :)

Chef Jeena said...

Mansi this cake looks fabulous. I could really take a piece and eat it all up! Bread is great used in cakes the texture looks amazing. :-)

Anonymous said...

ummm...my mouth is just watering & we are having lots of sweet dishes right form Christmas & will continue till the new year day...This pudding looks yummy & Chocolate adds the extra twist to it...Hope you had a wonderful Christmas & Here's wishing u and ur dear ones also a wonderful year ahead...May the beauty of this festive season,fill your life with the laughter of loved ones, the warmth of good cheer and all the joy to light up your heart. And hope the dawn of the New Year marks the beginning of a prosperous future!

amna said...

lovely! never cooked with white chocolate before!

Mansi said...

Thanks everyone! Jeena, the milk and chocolate add a lot to the texture

Kalyan - thanks so much for those beautiful words!

Jenna - lemme know how it goes:)

Anonymous said...

you hv geat website, i need to try each one, thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe

i hv suggestion pls include some more photo of your preparation which shows some steps.

test it comm said...

I have been wanting to try making a bread pudding for a while now. This one with berries and white chocolate sounds so good! All of the colours five it a nice festive look. Bookmarked to try later.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I LOVE bread pudding. It's one of my favorite desserts and it's so much fun to do because all you need is some bread, milk, eggs, and your imagination. This one looks awesome.

Bindiya said...

This is one post that has really made my mouth water, kudos dear for such a lovely entry!

Lissie said...

awesome pudding! mouthwatering recipe...

Anonymous said...

eggless pudding, and so fresh and tasty with all those berries and chocolate! it's actually a bit healthy too:) I have a box of strawberries and I'm running out to get a white chocolate bar today:)

Thanks Mansi!


Johanna GGG said...

my mum used to make bread and butter pudding and I am always looking for alternatives to the egginess - this looks absolutely delish - it is on my to do list - thanks

Anonymous said...

This pudding looks incredible - what an interesting (and delicious) combination of flavours.

Suganya said...

Some chopped Macadamia nuts would be oh-so-good. Happy New Year Mansi.

Anonymous said...

Wow that does look beautiful...I think I will start cooking this now.

shaz73 said...


I just made this pudding (or tried to!!) and it sooooo didn't turn out like that photo!! Mine was more like soggy black glug!!!

I don't know what I did wrong. Maybe I didn't use enough bread??? Maybe I cooked berries too long???

What do you think?

Sharon :s

Mansi said...

Hi sharon - I'm really sorry it didn't turn out the best for you:( Did you use white bread or brown? and white choc, right? did you taost the bread first, because that could've made it darker in color. Did you use a lot of black and blue berries instead of rasperries or strawberries?? that could have been another color factor...using thick white slices (without the edges) and white chocolate should def give it a nice color. Overcooking the pudding could've been another issue. Also, did u layer the bread at the bottom, b'coz if it was at the top, then it could turn dark brown with the oven heat giving the pudding a darker shade. As for making the berry sauce, use very low flame and do not let them get too mushy, else the black or blue berries overpower the color of the sauce, and also render the same to the pudding.

Like any other bread pudding, the color can vary from white to golden to brown, depending on heat and bake time in the oven; so check after 15 mins to see if its done and do not over-cook it.

Try these tips next time and I hope they help you attempt it one more time!:)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE bread puddings and I'm always looking for something different. WELL!!! This is certainly the one to make for the holidays. White Chocolate and Berries very festive. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by the plastic wrap in the loaf pan... Do you place the pudding back in the loaf pan after removing the wrap, or just put the pudding in the oven on a baking sheet, unsupported?

Mansi said...

Anonymous - just use a regular baking pan for layering the pudding. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, to allow it to soak the flavors and set a bit. Remove the plastic and put the entire baking pan into pre-heated oven and bake for 10 mins, or as required.

Hope this clarifies your doubt!:)

Dazy said...

This is a new one for me! Looks really yummy too..gearing up with recipes for the hot summer days
hopefully ahead!

Gourmet Mama said...

Yet another droolworthy recipe. :) This sounds so good, I'm tempted to go shopping for the ingredients right now! We do a lot of bread puddings here and this is just perfect!