Jun 10

Dangerous Grape Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

in Bread, Californian, Chocolate, Dessert, Fuji Favorites

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Grape Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

It’s been a fabulous Grape Week—I hope you’ve enjoyed it and are excited about using and eating all the wonderful fresh California grapes that are in season right now!  We started the week out with Grape and Rosemary Focaccia, then moved on to a refreshing Grape and Feta Salad.  Next we moved on to the main course, a recipe for Grape and Chicken Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce and cooled off with a Green Grape Spritzer.  But no theme week is complete without dessert, right? It’s taken all of my self-restraint to save dessert for last, so thank goodness I don’t have to wait any longer!  I am a sucker for a good bread pudding and happened to be craving bread pudding when I was in the recipe development stage of planning out Grape Week.  I thought the good berry bread puddings I’ve had in the past and decided that a grape bread pudding just might work, but this bread pudding had to be moist.  I am not a fan of dry bread pudding.  You can keep dry bread pudding to yourself, thank you very much.

Loaf of French Bread

I started with a good loaf of French bread and cut half of it into small cubes, then mixed in the rest of the ingredients.  I also included a handful of white chocolate chips to bump up the richness of the pudding.

Grape Bread Pudding ready to go into the oven

After everything had some good bonding time and the bread was nice and moist, I popped it into the oven for an hour until the top was golden brown.

Grape Bread Pudding hot out of the oven

While I waited for the pudding to cool and finish setting, I made a simple white chocolate sauce with more white chocolate chips and some heavy whipping cream.  I then drizzled the white chocolate sauce over individual servings of the bread pudding.  All I can say is that this recipe is already in the recipe box I keep on my kitchen counter where I keep the recipes I make over and over again.  This bread pudding is rich and incredibly moist.  The grapes add color and wonderful juicy burst of flavor.  The white chocolate sauce goes perfectly with the rich bread pudding and the flavor of the grapes.  Definitely a dangerous creation.

Easy Grape Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

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Grape Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Makes 6 servings

2 large eggs
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 loaf (8 ounces) French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups fresh red grapes
1 cup (6 ounces) white chocolate chips

For the white chocolate sauce:
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.

2. Combine the eggs, cream, sugar, and almond extract in a large bowl. Stir in the grapes and white chocolate chips. Stir in the bread cubes and let the mixture stand for 15 minutes, or until the bread is softened.

3. Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake, uncovered, for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Let the bread pudding stand for 10 minutes before serving.

4. While the bread pudding is sitting, prepare the white chocolate sauce. Put the white chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil, then pour it over the chocolate and whisk them together until smooth. Serve with the bread pudding.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Shaina June 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’ve been loving grape week, and I would have never thought to add them to bread pudding either. This looks fabulous!


Heidi @ Food Doodles June 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

Wow that looks amazing. I’ve never used grapes in baking but now that I think about it, what an awesome idea. And grapes and white chocolate together sound so yummy :)


Yuri June 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

Ahhh this looks so good, Rachael! The white chocolate sauce makes it look like a tres leches cake. Happy Friday! xoxo


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Bread pudding with white chocolate? Omg, Rachael! You outdid yourself this time! I love both those things but have never had them…together. Need to change that :)


chloe @ 321delish June 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I adore bread pudding! It is such a comfort food and is good cold or warm. It also reminds me of fruit kugel, which is also one of my favorite comfort foods.


Kate @ Savour Fare June 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Oh, this looks fantastic. I am resolved to make a grape pie this summer.


J. Miller @ AllTheThymeInTheWorld June 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Holy Cow! That’s genius.. I tried it.. The white chocolate and grapes are inspired. I love grapes in dessert and in baked goods, and this was just out of this world. I have to say.. I usually like my bread pudding dry with a sauce ontop to loosen it up, but.. this might just convert me!


Katrina June 12, 2011 at 7:51 am

This looks heavenly! Beautiful recipe.


Joy June 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm

The bread pudding looks wonderful.


Sandra's Easy Cooking June 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm

This looks so amazing…so moist and delicious!!! Yummy!!


carrie June 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

That is a really unique dish, i don’t think i’ve ever had anything with grapes quite like that. I don’t think my husband will complain is i make it for him ;) Thanks for the recipe


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