Friday, 3 June 2011

Cherry Bread Pudding

I had some stale bread lying around and a few cherries from the garden, so I wondered what I could come up with for a pudding, and this was the result.

Cherry and Bread Pudding

Note. All quantities are approximate, as I just threw things into this dish as I made it!!

About 3 thick slices of stale bread, broken into pieces
About 2 cups of de-stoned fresh cherries 
56 grams (2 ozs) butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup crème fraiche (I am sure 2 cups of milk would do instead, but I was low on milk and had plenty crème fraiche!)
3 eggs

1)  Put the bread into a pyrex dish and mix the cherries in with the bread.
2)  Chop the butter into small bits over the top and sprinkle the sugar over all.
3)  Beat the milk, crème fraiche and eggs together and pour over the mixture.  Push the bread down to make sure it soaks and allow it to stand for about 10 minutes before putting it into the oven at 180C. 
I have a fan oven and I cooked it for 40 minutes.
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I did eat some while it was hot with a little crème fraiche on the side, but I actually much preferred it at room temperature; the cherry flavour was much more distinctive.  

Will I make it again?  No doubt about it, it was delicious.
I have tried it again this weekend with frozen cherries - it just did not taste as good, so it seems as if fresh is the best answer.


As I said previously, I will have visitors for most of June, so I will visit you all when I can, but time will be short!

42 comments:

  1. Ooo...I like that...have stale bread? make a wonderful cherry bread pudding! I wish I was so creative. Is there any left?

    Have a wonderful weekend Diane! :D

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  2. I love bread pudding! Too bad my cherry tree died, or I'd be sending the boys to round some up for me. Have fun with your visitors.

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  3. I'll try this recipe Diane.

    We shall be taking some cherries home with us, and perhaps even some stale bread!

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  4. That looks so tasty..Nothing tastes better than home made dessert..Have a good weekend..xoRosebud/Carolyn

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  5. You have some beautiful pictures. My wife usually prepare bread pudding and this a a good recipe for a change!

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  6. Oh, easy and delicious, just the way I would like it. We still don't have any fruit ripening yet. I guess I will have to be patient.

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  7. Yes, in fact this look really delicious.

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  8. Interesting that it didn't taste as good with frozen cherries. Must be a little bit of the summer kissing the fresh cherries that adds the extra flavours. :)

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  9. Many thanks Diane for delicious recipe!
    Is very nice idea!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  10. Honestly Diane - You are so popular that when I get to the end of reading all the comments, I'm exhausted and forgot what I wanted to say. Love this recipe - my Mum would do bread and butter pudding which I just loved.
    Had a great bike ride this morning - we all got dressed up in Retro gear and bikes. The bay was still and the sky was cloudless. 12 degrees on a winter morning - not too bad, hey.

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  11. I have never tried such a dish but it looks delicious:)

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  12. Lovely idea... throw together a few bits and come up with a great dessert. Waste not, want not!!

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  13. Great recipe for using up stale bread, but one which will probably never get made here because we never have stale bread having shared out any left-overs with the piglets, chickens and dogs! But a yummy looking recipe nevertheless!

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  14. I bet that tastes as amazing as it looks. Lovely post. I hope you have a great time in June even though it will be busy for you. x

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  15. Great recipe, as always. I'm sure it is delicious. I'll keep it in mind the next time I'm planning to have guests.

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  16. that looks delicious!
    ♥♥
    Happy week,
    Rosa

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  17. Wow this must be very good tasting. We picked some cherries at my FIL's backyard today too.

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  18. Diane that looks so yummy and I adore bread and butter pudding, so I think I will give this a try though I don't bake much (because I live alone and would eat it all!). I hope you have a lovely June too, and enjoy your time spent with visitors to the Charente.

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  19. Thank you for everyone's comments, sorry I have not answered each one here but time is not on my side at the moment. I have though tried to visit each of you and comment there. Take care everyone I will get back to normal (I hope) by the end of June. Diane

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  20. I'm a big fan of bread pudding and your cheery version looks and sounds delicious! Have a good June.

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  21. Oh Diane,
    This looks SO delicious - lovely flavors - I have to try this!
    Mary

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  22. Oh Diane, What a pudding to dream about! We are going to go cherry picking this Saturday and I will make this wonderful dessert and post it. You gave me a delicious idea for the fresh cherries. Thank you very much indeed!

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  23. That really looks yummy. I love impromptu recipes. Thank you for sharing

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  24. Wow, wow, wow! I think it looks wonderful.

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  25. Of course I meant cherry, but I'm sure it's cheery too!

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  26. Can you believe it... I have never had bread pudding... not sure why. Yours looks good.

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  27. Hi Diane, what a great idea for a pudding - bread pudding with cheeries, sorry cherries !!!! LOL
    Must try it myself, it looks delicious.

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  28. Looks fabulous! I'm a huge fan of bread pudding, both sweet or savory.

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  29. Thanks everyone for your comments, I do read and appreciate each and everyone of them. Diane

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  30. Darn...just put on 5 lbs reading your blog.

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  31. looks lovely. I'm going to make a pudding too in the next couple of days, have a good day!

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  32. I bet you're out doing something fun with your company. This sounds so good. I love cherries.

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  33. Diane, I came to thank you for the lovely postcard. I love it. HUGZ!!
    check out my post on this. http://quaypocooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-many-kinds-of-friends-have-you.html

    I am not a fan for bread pudding but yours look so tempting and I am so sure I could say that after I try making it but for sure I know my Quay Lo will enjoy it.

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  34. Hi! first time coming here through Veron's blog.

    Love the look of the pudding

    Kathy
    http://www.smallkucing.com

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  35. Wow. It looks delicious.

    About the wren house...

    Reply to Diane...

    The last picture is the end of the story. He could never attract a mate so he abandoned his work and that is what the last picture is about.

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  36. Diane, you just tempted me to make some! I better get some fresh cherries on my next shopping trip. Yummm...
    Best regards, Kristy

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  37. Something beautiful and wonderful recipe. The blog is his birthday and I want to thank you for being a follower. Thank you. Regards, Marta.

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