Blueberry Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise

They say that God never gives you more than you can handle……but I would like to clear one thing up.  When I say that things couldn’t get much worse, I don’t mean it as a challenge….sigh

Thank goodness I went to the BSP3 last weekend and not this weekend, it’s been one of those weeks that ended with being woken up at 5 am, with Lisa telling me something I never expected to hear.    I will give her credit for remaining calm as she came into the bedroom I was sleeping in (I had been snoring very badly last week) and woke me up to tell me “There’s a Bat flying around the Bedroom”  .

Of course I got up immediately, there was no thought that she was having a dream, I could tell by the tone of her voice she was serious.   I went down the hall to the master bedroom to see a bat circling the ceiling fan.

Needless to say I was fully awake at this point, but not really thinking as clearly as I could have been, as I picked up the only thing I could think of a towel, to capture the bat. I won’t try to be manly and say that I wasn’t just a little afraid, but I would honestly rather face an intruder than a bat.   So as I ducked, trying to figure out a plan of attack the bat flew by never to be seen again.

At this point every light in the house was on, and I was in search of a runaway bat, hoping he hadn’t turned into Count Dracula.  But, friends with the week I’d had, I wasn’t counting anything out.   At this point I made Lisa come out of the bedroom I had been sleeping in to help me look, because the bat was no where to be found.   But we never found it…….sigh

At this point there was no going back to bed, so coffee was definitely in order,  Lisa spent the next two hours googling bats (too much information is not a good thing) and when she finally did get a hold of her doctor, it was decided that there was no alternative but for her to begin the rabies shots.   She was not happy, and I don’t blame her.   My snoring had saved me, but since there was no way to be certain she had not been bitten or bat saliva dribbled on her, she had to get the shots.   We spent the rest of the morning trying to find an exterminator to look for the bat, and to make sure we didn’t have an colony in our attic.   We did find a very understanding local exterminator that had a lot of experience, and two of the nicest young men were here to help with our problem.   They never did find the bat, but did find a little evidence it had been up there flying around, but it seemed it he had been the only one.  They also found an entrance on the outside of the house where a air vent had come away from the house and allowed access, which they resealed for us.   He did share a bit of information that was a little unnerving,  Bats can get into your house in an opening the size of a ball point pen.   He also told me if I ever did see it hanging that it would be asleep and to put on a glove and just grab it…….like that would ever happen.

Lisa came back from the hospital after getting  5 shots, the first in her series of injections.  Luckily they have seemed to improve the technique somewhat and she wasn’t in too much discomfort from the shots.

I did make Lisa one of her favorite dinners,  pasta with jumbo lump crab meat in a spicy red sauce, and one of my signature desserts  Bread Pudding.   I wanted to add anew twist to the pudding so instead of the cream cheese frosting I normally use, I decided to make Creme Anglaise to use as a sauce.  I also had a quart of Jersey Fresh Blueberries in my fridge, and added those to my pudding to make it an extra special dessert.  I have to say it was amazing!

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Blueberry Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise
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Serves: 8
Blueberry Bread Pudding
  • 1 loaf of sliced potato bread -cut into cubes
  • 4 cups (960 ml) of whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 11/2 (300 gm) cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon (5 gm) ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (280 gm) Blueberries
  • ½ stick of butter melted (optional)
Creme Anglaise
  • 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) half and half (or heavy cream)
  • 3 oz (86 gm) sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon (5 gm) vanilla bean powder
Blueberry Bread Pudding
  1. You will need a 13×9 inch baking pan
  2. Cut the potato bread into cubes and place in the baking dish (it should be higher than the pan)
  3. Gently beat the eggs, then add the milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and continue to whip with a whisk until the sugar has been fully incorporated.
  4. Pour this milk and egg mixture over the cut bread, mixing it well so that all of the bread has absorbed some of the milk. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Add in the blueberries, distributing them through out the bread mixture. Drizzle the melted butter over the entire pan letting some of the butters richness touch as much of the top of the mixture that it can.
  6. Cover the pudding with cling wrap (restaurant habits die hard), then cover it with foil.
  7. Bake for One hour at 350 degrees, then uncover and continue to bake for 15 minutes more or until center is fully set. (if the butter has pooled in any area, spread it around before the finally 15 minutes…this will help get it golden brown.)
  8. Allow the pudding to cool some, but serve it warm with the Creme Anglaise
Creme Anglaise
  1. Bring 4 eggs to room temperature, and separate using only the yolks.
  2. Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, set aside
  3. In a small pot heat the milk and half and half until it is simmering, remove from heat.
  4. Slowly mix half of the milk into the egg mixture, stirring the eggs as you pour the hot milk into them.
  5. Add the egg mixture back into the remaining milk along with the vanilla and continue to simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the mixture has slightly thickened, use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture constantly, getting into all the corners.
  6. (The Creme Anglaise should be thick enough that when you run your finger through a coating on a spoon it remains separated.)
  7. You may strain the Creme Anglaise if it looks like it might have cooked egg in it, but if you're careful you should not need to. **
  8. Place the pot with the finished sauce in a bowl of ice water to cool it down quickly, stirring as it cools.
  9. Place the Creme Anglaise in the refrigerator to get completely chilled and serve with the warm bread pudding.
**do not get the creme anglaise too hot and don't be tempted to leave it on too long to try and continue to thicken. It will break and be unusable if it heats too long.


This is a wonderful summertime dessert, perfect for any occasion.  My original recipe without the blueberries and cream cheese frosting can be found here.   I did cut down the sugar a little in this recipe, and I did not miss the extra sweetness.   The blueberries were plump and delicious, and the Creme Anglaise add such a nice touch to the dessert!

Let’s hope for a better week!


  1. Oh my goodness, what an ordeal! Glad the shots were not too tramautic. This bread pudding looks like the perfect way to put the bats behind you. I love the use of blueberries here!

  2. This bread pudding looks amazing! I’ve been eating blueberries like a crazy person, maybe I should use some for baking too :p. I love potato bread too but never thought of using it in a sweet baked good.

  3. I would have screeched like a banshee if a bat were flying around my house. The neighbors and the neighbors’ neighbors would have heard me. I do hope Lisa is okay.

    On another note, this bread pudding is divine! And it would have made me feel all better.

  4. Oh how horrible! What a pain that she had to get the shots too! So, when I was eleven, I went to camp and one night we had a bat flying around our cabin. The counselor grabbed the only thing around — my tennis racket — and proceed to swing at the thing. Long story short… I was left with a very bloody tennis racket. Not pleased.

    What does please me is this bread pudding… I’m a sucker for comfort food and this is definitely up towards the top of the list.

  5. What a horrible story and to get rabies shots when you aren’t 100% sure you got bit? Terrible! Lisa is lucky to have you to take care of her and I know that eating the entire pan of this bread pudding would make me smile after five shots, too!

  6. Wow what a story. I am glad you guys are okay.
    I love bread pudding:))) Will def try with blueberries and cream. I make mine with fresh raspberries with sweetened condensed milk on top.

  7. Delicious summery bread pudding – my gran would always give us something sweet if we’d had a shock and I guess potentially rabid bats in your house counts as a shock.

  8. I have never been a fan of bread pudding but this recipe may be the one to change my mind. It looks so incredible and I really like creme anglaise. I’m bookmarking this.

  9. If ever anyone needed some comfort food it’s you and Lisa! Oh wow! Here in Boston the common problem are what we jokingly refer to as “night squirrels.” You know… those critters that like to hover around waterfront areas or anyplace there are restaurants. Lucky us! We live in one of the most condensed restaurant zones in the city – along the waterfront! We’re on a first name basis with Exterminator Rob who comes to the building every 3 months to make sure we remain rat-free… er… night squirrel-free. I hope your week gets better – fast!

  10. Yikes! Isn’t it amazing that the bat just disappeared like that? And I’m surprised she had to get those shots. I may not have even thought about calling a doctor. Well, comfort food was definitely in order and pasta is always perfect. This dessert looks really fabulous. Especially with that creme anglaise. Pinned.

  11. Wow Chef! That looks great!! I have so many blueberries from my mom’s house as well, so I will have to make this to use them up!

  12. Oh, dear. Dealing with a bat would be bad enough but having to get rabies shots just adds injury to the insult. I hope Lisa’s feeling better. At our Long Island house we have to deal with all manner of annoying critters. Squirrels in the attic and raccoons getting into the garbage are the most egregious. Fortunately, no bats (I don’t think!). Both of those also carry rabies so we need to be careful when trapping the squirrels and we just stay away from the raccoons!

    On a happier note, that bread pudding looks amazing. I’d certainly be feeling better if my husband made me a dessert like that!

  13. How awful!! Rabies shots induce terror even though they are not as bad as they used to be once upon a time.

    Hope everything is ok and the bat does not make a reappearance.

    The bread pudding looks delicious.

  14. It´s a good thing the shots have evolved; more than 25 years ago I was supposed to get ten rabies shots, then it turned out I am allergic to them! It would´ve been so nice to have someone make this blueberry pudding for me! This is really comfort food.

  15. I would not handle that situation too well. Food really can be a comfort in a time of crisis

  16. I just recently read that you can be bitten by a bat and not even know it! I’m sorry you and Lisa had to go through the ordeal, but I’m glad she’s getting treatment.

    Your pasta with crab meat and gorgeous Blueberry Bread Pudding had to be quite soothing to Lisa!

  17. After her (and your) ordeal, I think she was deserving of that dessert! I once came home to two raccoons who’d gotten in through the cat door. Intruding animals are not fun period.

    Like your idea to use creme anglaise. Have you used other breads? I’ve got left over walnut levain and am thinking that may be nice too.

  18. That was a nasty ordeal and I hope the bats are gone for good. Your bread pudding would be the perfect sweet treat to calm anyone’s nerves.

  19. This looks incredible! I always have stock pile of blueberries this time of year…can’t wait to give this a try! 🙂

  20. I’m so sorry to hear that your wife had to undergo the shots… no fun, and certainly more scary than contending with a flying rodent. Favorite meals are a great consoler…

  21. What a scary experience and not fun at all for either one of you, especially Lisa. Sounds like your beautiful bread pudding provided the perfect comfort food.

  22. ha! i’m sorry about the bat! at least it’s sort of a funny story now. and that bread pudding? looks INCREDIBLE. like, i cannot credit it. it’s too amazing.

  23. Kudos to your wife for staying calm, I don’t think I would have been. Great recipe Chef.

  24. This looks delicious! I’m so sorry to hear about the bat situation AND the rabies shots. That is definitely the worst of it. And no shame in admitting being scared of bats…I would have reacted the same exact way as you and definitely not slept the rest of the night.

  25. Chef…what a bat experience ! Glad that you managed to get the people to come and help sealed the vent access or you will have another sleepless night. But after the ordeal, this blueberry bread pudding and pasta with jumbo lump crab meat definitely took away the anxiety 🙂 Have a nice day Chef and regards to Lisa.

  26. Completely dreamy dessert! So pretty. Bats can be very scary. Hope that’s the end of it. Best wishes to your wife for a speedy and complete recovery from this ordeal.

  27. So sorry for the ordeal — I hope she feels better soon.

    That blueberry pudding looks amazingly delish 🙂

  28. We have a bat living in our yard. I hope to heck it never gets in the house.

    Poor Lisa. Tell her I hope she feels better.

    Lovely recipe. I adore blueberries so much, they are so tasty.

  29. Oh my God!! I am not sure I could ever sleep again! Bats are one thing that freak me out beyond anything! I am cringing just thinking about it. Ball point pen? You have to be kidding me!!!

    So glad you made her such a nice dinner, and this gorgeous dessert. Those blueberries look incredible!

  30. I’m sorry about the bat….and the shots….and the lack of sleep (I almost didn’t read the post because I was gazing and drooling at the photo). This is the best looking bread pudding I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to make it. Bought plenty of blueberries today….so now I know exactly how I’m going to use them!

  31. I am so glad you guys called the doctor and she went to get the shots. I’ve heard it is very important to do that if a bat gets in because I think once you know you have rabies it is too late. I am so, so sorry you went through that 🙁
    Sending positive vibes to uplift you guys!

  32. Oh Chef, I got goose skin reading your post. Thank God you don’t have other bats intrusions or worse, a colony. I saw once a documentary and the people had to leave their house, that’s how bad it turned out.
    The blueberry bread pudding looks great, perfect treat to calm down after the living nightmare

  33. I can’t believe that bat story. How scarey. I would never sleep well again! Anyway, maybe if my husband cooked a dinner like that AND dessert like that all would be fine again!! Looks amazing!!

  34. Can you substitute vanilla bean powder?

  35. I made this for breakfast this morning. It was a huge hit! The sauce on top makes it the perfect bread pudding. Thanks for the recipe.

  36. Can you make this with cranberries? Or is it too tarty? Add orange juice?

  37. Debbie Russell says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! My daughter had a blueberry croissant bread pudding at a restaurant in Venice, California called Feed. While theirs had a blueberry compote on top I decided that using a compote would be best in the winter when you are stuck with frozen blueberries as your only option and your recipe was perfect with fresh blueberries.

    As I was going to serve this for breakfast with crisp bacon, I made the creme the night before. It was the first time I had ever made it. You directions were clear and it turned out delicious, so thanks for that.

    Since I am a home cook with a free spirit, I made the following changes, I hope this does not offend you.
    I used croissants instead of bread because my daughter really enjoyed that at the restaurant. I purchased a dozen package from a warehouse type store for 6.99 cut them up and let them sit on the counter overnight loosely covered with a paper towel so they would be a little dry to be able to better soak up the milk mixture.
    I added a pinch of salt and the zest of a lemon. Just so you know this was my first time zesting a lemon. I had recently purchased a microplane and had been looking for an excuse to use it. I had to call a friend who was a chef and ask if I should use the whole lemon to zest because I was a little freaked out about making it too lemony rather than it being a background flavor. Sine it was a regular sized lemon she thought I should zest the whole thing. Good call. Just a hint of lemon which was a great compliment to the blueberry.
    Finally, when I baked it, I used parchment paper under the foil rather than cling wrap. I live in Eugene, Oregon where recreational marijuana is legal but they eat 90 percent organic:) I didn’t want to hear all about my guests theories on the chemicals the plastic was leaching into the food during the baking process. While I eat 90 percent organic as well, you can’t believe every kooky thing you read on the internet. But you do want your tie-dyed guests to feel comfortable so I went with parchment just to keep the “X-Files” style food safety conspiracy rabble rousing down to a bare minimum at the brunch table.

    I used the butter as you suggested despite using buttery croissants. Since coconut oil is all the rage these days and people are trying to add it to their diet for health reasons, I suppose one could substitute it for the butter with equally delicious results. But then they probably ought to add that pinch of salt to make up for what was in the butter.

    My bread pudding turned out amazing! It was my first attempt ever so I appreciate your recipe. What really made me want to make it were your pictures. Really stunningly beautiful, worthy of a food magazine cover. You should submit it.

    Finally, I want to say how lovely it was that you made this when your wife was struggling. When I read your account I thought right away that your cooking was a tangible way of loving her. I too made this for love, for my daughter, since she was so enamoured with the dish we had while on vacation. I wanted her to have that experience at home. She starts high school in a few weeks and has been exhausted from volleyball daily doubles. I wanted her to have a comfort meal from mom.

    I’m going to try several of your other dishes, I’ve become a real fan!

    • Thanks so much for such amazing feedback Debbie, and I am never offended when people experiment with my recipes. Its all about what you like and what you happen to have on hand. It sounds like it was a big hit and I’m very glad you enjoyed it. food is always better when you make it for someone else and there is love involved.

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