Raspberry Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding

Breads, Dessert, Fruit Desserts, Guest Posts, Puddings and Custards | 32 comments

Today I have a delicious guest post for you from my good friend Shaina. She is sharing a recipe for Raspberry Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding that can cheer the soul and renew your hope for the warm months ahead on even the coldest winter day. I hope you’ll show her some love and stop by her wonderful blog, Food for My Family.

Yesterday we had the most fantastic snowfall. It fell in these large, fluffy flakes while the sun peeked from behind the clouds. Staring out at it was like looking out from behind the windows of the tiny house in the snow globe, all pretty and bright.

recipe for bread pudding with raspberries

Then, of course, I open the door and went outside to run errands, where all the fluffy and white had turned to gray slush with cars driving slower than I’d like them too and my travels taking twice as long as they ought to. I realized the thumb of one of my gloves was starting to unravel when I went to grab the door handle for the car and was met by cold, wet snow on my skin.

I parked my car on the street, considering snow emergency routes and hoping no one will slide into it. Struggling with my baskets and bags, I slid around, trying to maneuver the massive snow banks that have formed along the sides of the road from feet upon feet of snow that has graced us this season, a season that started way back in November.

raspberry bread pudding with vanilla and cardamom

When I return home, I no longer appreciate the snow-globe-like existence that can be had from my front living room with the large windows facing the street. Instead, I retreat to the kitchen to warm up and stare into the backyard at my buried gardens, wishing for spring.

On nights like these, when the temperature is steadily dropping, I know that dessert is warranted. Warm and comforting, bread pudding comes to the rescue and is livened up with the addition of frozen raspberries – raspberries that hold the promise that winter does fade into a summer yet to come.

berry bread pudding recipe

Bread pudding is one of my favorites and is a great way to use up leftover baguette. I’ve made it with blueberries and lemon, and I’ve also done a more traditional rum and raisin. Served warm, this dish is the perfect ending to a bowl of soup in the middle of winter.

Raspberry Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding

from Shaina of Food for My Family

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1 pound artisan bread or baguette
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
3 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
Fresh berries and cream for serving


Preheat your oven to 350° F. Grease a 2-1/2 quart casserole dish, and cut the bread into 1-1/2 inch cubes and set aside. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, and then mix in the sugar and ricotta. Add the milk, vanilla seeds, vanilla and cardamom. Beat until combined and stir in the melted butter.

Add the bread cubes to the milk and egg mixture and fold in until all of the bread chunks are completely saturated. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Stir in raspberries and pour into casserole pan.

Bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes until top is evenly browned. Allow to stand 15-20 minutes before serving. Serve warm with cream and fresh berries.

Makes 10-12 servings.

About the Author:

shaina olmanson food for my familyShaina Olmanson is the home cook and photographer behind Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography, a daily contributor to Babble.com’s Family Kitchen Blog and the editor of the food channel for Lifetime Moms.

She strives to teach her four children to cook and prepare real food in a day and age where many people have turned to convenience foods because they are so readily available and hopes to encourage others to do the same. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera.

A few notes:

I’m thrilled to be one of Simple Bites new contributors for 2011. If you haven’t yet heard of Simple Bites I encourage you to get acquainted. The whole site is filled with practical tip, recipes, and helpful how-to’s. Aimee does a wonderful job sharing valuable information, coordinating contributor content, and keeping the content fresh.

vegetarian black bean burritos

I hope you’ll stop by Simple Bites today and say hello. I’m sharing 5 Tips to Create Vegetarian Friendly Meals, plus a recipe for Vegetarian Black Bean Burritos. Many of us are aiming to eat less meat and increase our vegetable consumption. With a a few simple steps, you can easily transform a family favorite recipe into a delicious, meatless meals.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Amanda - January 12, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Stunning pictures… amazing recipe.. what a collaboration!!


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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats - January 12, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Yummy! Gimme gimme!


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    Aimee @ Simple Bites - January 12, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Berries, ricotta and vanilla? I’m sold! I think bread pudding is wonderfully comforting, and you’ve just shown us how classy it can be as well. Lovely job, Shaina!


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    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes - January 12, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Just got done writing a post on homemade vanilla extract…and now I see this…wow….think I know where my extra vanilla beans wil be put to use! :)
    cathy b. @ brightbakes


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    Cookbook Queen - January 12, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    This looks amazing…two of my favorite things combined!!


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    Estela @ Weekly Bite - January 12, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Bread pudding is my utmost favorite dessert!
    This looks incredible!


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) - January 12, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    bread pudding! be still my heart :) this reminds me of a fabulous bread pudding i used to have at the Byron Nelson Championship in dallas every year…it had a raspberry puree and a cream anglaise to go with it. it was heaven!


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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} - January 12, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Oh, bread pudding! This recipe looks fantastic. I’m bookmarking this lovely page. :-)


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    Blog is the New Black - January 12, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Looks awesome. I love anything with raspberry!


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    Shaina - January 12, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Thanks for having me, Katie!


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - January 12, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    The bread pudding looks fabulous!


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    ann - January 12, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    This bread pudding looks so wonderful with delicious raspberries added to it. It is comfort food at its best.


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    the blissful baker - January 12, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I didn’t like bread pudding until recently, but now I can’t get enough! This version sounds delicious! Lovely presentation too :)


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - January 12, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    I’m a big fan of raspberries and vanilla, so this bread pudding recipe has me drooling. Gorgeous recipe and photos, Shaina!


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    Tracy - January 12, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    I’m with you! I hate the cold weather and wish it were spring already. I love this dessert with the fresh raspberries and the promise of warm weather!


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    Robyn | Add a Pinch - January 12, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    This looks delicious, Shaina. Can’t wait to try this soon.


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    Lauren at KeepItSweet - January 13, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous and delicious looking bread pudding!!!


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    Happy When Not Hungry - January 13, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    Wow this look delicious and your pictures are beautiful too!


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    Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer - January 13, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    Looks wonderful ~ I love bread pudding!!! Beautiful pics :)


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    Katie Brown Workshop - January 13, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    You’re all over the blogosphere, Katie! Thanks for the good veggie tips. Love the baked potato idea on CRAFT as well.


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    naomi - January 13, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Great recipe, Shaina! Love the pictures. I’m a huge bread pudding fan and love raspberry burst you have with it.


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    mandy - January 13, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    This looks like a fantastic take on a quite usually plain pudding, i love the idea of the ricotta and the raspberries. Winter stodge in all its glory!


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    marla {family fresh cooking} - January 13, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    This bread pudding looks wonderful. Would make anyone feel better after a crazy snowy day!


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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest - January 13, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    I love guest blog posts! Beautiful photos!


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    Amrita - January 13, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    Oh, how perfect for a wintry evening! I’m now wondering if throwing in a handful of chocolate chips would help!


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    A Busy Nest - January 13, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    I love the flavor combo in this dessert. I’ll definitely be remembering this the next time I have a leftover baguette sitting on my counter!


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    Kim - January 14, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Do you have to use whole milk, or is there a healthier alternative?


    • Shaina replied: — January 14th, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

      Kim, you could use whatever, really, but I prefer whole. It sticks to the bread better and seems to bake in rather than have areas that are slimy. My mom makes it with skim, but I’d suggest using at least 1%.

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    Tickled Red - January 14, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    Okay that is heaven in a bowl!! Bread pudding always makes our weekends so I can’t wait to give this a try :)


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - January 16, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Great recipe, using ricotta cheese and milk instead of heavy cream must make the bread pudding lighter and less rich, perfect with the raspberries.


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    Patricia Scarpin - January 20, 2011 @ 4:29 am

    Let just say how superb this is! I’m a total sucker for bread pudding but have never tried it with raspberries – delicious idea, Katie!


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    Jodee Weiland - October 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    This bread pudding looks delicious! I love bread pudding and raspberries, so this is doubly good to me…thanks for sharing!


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