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Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

posted by Michelle Verkade on November 20, 2017

Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding~ Easy Homemade Bread Pudding Recipe Topped with an Orange Glaze, and is the Perfect Holiday Dessert! It Comes Together Quickly and is a Crowd Pleaser!

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This easy homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is topped with an orange glaze, and is the perfect holiday dessert! This bread pudding recipe comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser!Cranberries used to be the one thing at the Thanksgiving dinner table I avoided like the plague. As a kid, the gelatinous-looking, tart purple thing (that doesn’t taste like jello at all) was not nearly as appealing as, well, everything else. It was most definitely the one thing that “missed” the plate. Instead I loaded up on turkey, stuffing and gravy! No one had introduced me to Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding yet!

Fast forward a few years (with a homemade cranberry orange sauce recipe in tow), cranberries never miss the plate, and if I had my way, they’d never ever miss the dessert table either.

Whether it’s this Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding, Cranberry Orange Cake, or Cranberry Almond Bundt Cake (or maybe even this Cranberry Apple Crisp), you can bet I’ll be getting dessert seconds (and maybe thirds if no one’s looking).

This easy homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is topped with an orange glaze, and is the perfect holiday dessert! This bread pudding recipe comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser!

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Cranberry and orange is a classic flavor pairing, because the sweetness (and the citrus) of the orange cuts through the tartness of the cranberries. By nature, fresh cranberries are extremely tart, and often need something sweet to tone them down.

In the bread pudding recipe, the tartness of the cranberries are offset by three things: sugar, orange zest, and an orange glaze. The cranberries still have a bit of a zing to them, but it is entirely complemented by the sweetness of the rest of the dessert. Aka Cranberry Bread Pudding is AMAZING!

This easy homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is topped with an orange glaze, and is the perfect holiday dessert! This bread pudding recipe comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser!

Have you ever made bread pudding? Bread pudding is very similar to a French toast casserole, although most French toast casseroles are soaked in the egg/milk mixture overnight and baked with a crumb topping.

Bread pudding, on the other hand, is, more often than not, only soaked somewhere between 15-30 minutes before being baked in the oven. I’m not 100% sure and certain on this point, but in my understanding, bread pudding is supposed to be a bit ‘softer’ in the middle than a French toast casserole, which is a bit dryer in the center (which I think has to do with how long each are soaked in the egg/milk mixture.)

Ingredients Needed for Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Orange zest
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Loaf thick bread
  • Butter, melted
  • Powdered sugar
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice

Regardless (let’s just get to the point, right?? 😉 ), bread pudding is so easy to make!

This easy homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is topped with an orange glaze, and is the perfect holiday dessert! This bread pudding recipe comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser!

A layer of thick, crusty bread is put in the bottom of a casserole dish, next a layer of cranberries, and lastly, another layer of bread.

A mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, orange zest, spices, and vanilla extract gets poured on top.

The bread pudding sits for 25 minutes, then is baked for 45-50 minutes, drizzled with an orange glaze, and viola! You’re ready to serve.

This easy homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is topped with an orange glaze, and is the perfect holiday dessert! This bread pudding recipe comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser!

Cranberries will be the star of the show with this dessert! Happy holiday eatings!

Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

Prep Time 15 Inactive Time 25 Cook Time 50 Serves 10-12     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 loaf thick bread, cubed (day old/crusty bread is best; I used brioche)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest (optional--it makes the glaze extra orange-flavored!)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9 baking dish. 

Spread half of the bread in an even layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle cranberries over the top. Place the remaining bread on top. 

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, sugar, and orange zest until well combined. 

Pour the egg mixture over the bread, making sure all of the bread is covered.

Allow the bread pudding to sit for 25 minutes. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the center jiggles only slightly when moved. 

Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving. (The bread pudding might deflate a bit while cooling; this is normal.) 

While the cranberry orange bread pudding is cooling off, mix together melted butter, powdered sugar (starting with 1 cup), vanilla extract, orange juice, and orange zest. If the glaze seems too thin, add in the last 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.

Drizzle over each slice of bread pudding. 

Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 378kcal Calories from fat 93
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 115mg38%
Sodium 275mg11%
Carbohydrate 61g20%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 43g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

This easy homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is topped with an orange glaze, and is the perfect holiday dessert! This bread pudding recipe comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser!

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    Comments

  • Malinda


    Oooooh, I love this!! I don’t cook with cranberries very often and I think I need to change that now!!

  • Bobbie Hinds


    Do you happen to have a recipe for a lemon sauce for bread pudding my mom made when I was a kid.loved it.

  • Ginger


    I can’t wait to try this. It looks so good. I was wondering though, all i have right now are bags of frozen cranberries. Would that work with this recipe? Thank you for this recipe

  • Danielle Green


    Not only does this look delicious for breakfast or anytime, it just looks simply elegant as well!

  • Melissa Howell


    I LOVE cranberry and orange together! This would be the perfect breakfast!

  • Valentina @Valentina's Corner


    Oh my.. This bread pudding looks amazing. That glaze just gives it the perfect craving. Pinned.

    • Julie Evink


      The glaze is the perfect ending!

  • cakespy


    What a great idea! I love adding cranberry to sweet dishes like this because it brings such a welcome contrast (both flavor-wise and visually). Love this orange-cranberry combo!

    • Julie Evink


      Such a delicious flavor combo!

  • Karly


    This. Looks. AWESOME. Seriously, I cannot get over how perfect this is– so festive and delicious!

    • Julie Evink


      Can’t go wrong with this flavor combo!

  • Natalie


    Oh YUM! This bread pudding looks insanely delicious! I love cranberry and orange together ♥

    • Julie Evink


      Can’t go wrong with that combo!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate


    This looks and sounds so wonderful for the holidays! I was skeptical of cranberries as a kid, too, but my goodness, do I just adore them now. This bread pudding will NOT last long in our house–and most of it will be enjoyed by me! 😉

    • Julie Evink


      Ha me too! Totally grown up status now 😉

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