Blueberry “Cream Cheese” Bread Pudding

No matter how many times I make bread pudding (it’s so easy you can do it every day), I’ll never get tired of it. The crusty edges, the oozing center. And you don’t have to be ashamed about eating it for breakfast.

Here’s a simple bread pudding with summer blueberries. I thought cream cheese would go well in it, but I wanted to keep it healthy and substituted Greek yogurt. It’s a lazy person’s cheesecake, but in no way does it taste like a slacker’s dessert.

blueberry bread pudding

Blueberry “Cream Cheese” Bread Pudding

Inspired by Emeril Lagasse

Oil, for greasing pan
8 slices day-old crusty bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
4 large eggs
1 cup Greek yogurt* (recommended brand: Fage)
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease an 8×8-inch pan with oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, sugar and vanilla until very smooth. Stir in milk and add the bread and blueberries. Let sit for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until the pudding is set in the center, about 55 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Bread pudding is best hot out of the oven, or refrigerated after a day.

*To make Greek-style yogurt, put 2 cups of plain yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or a paper towel (made without bleach). Place the strainer over a large bowl and drain in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours, or until the yogurt is as thick as sour cream. Makes 1 cup.

Related links:
Nutella bread pudding recipe

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  1. DessertObsessed said,

    this looks delicious! and thanks for the info on homemade greek yogurt!

    August 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm

  2. justcooknyc said,

    the yogurt makes this so interesting to me

    August 25, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  3. Xiaolu said,

    Mmm what a great idea!

    August 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

  4. Lucy said,

    Look at this beauty! I can see this diminishing dangerously quickly if made in my house: gorgeous :)

    October 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm

  5. Susan Walter Sink said,

    Just curious anyone tried this using some ricotta cheese? and the results?

    September 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

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