Fresh strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, and white chocolate mingle with Italian bread cubes and then bathed in a rich and creamy custard sauce before baking. It’s simply the best Red White and Blue Bread Pudding you’ll ever taste.
If you’re hosting (or attending), a 4th of July party this year then you definitely want to add this Red White and Blue Bread Pudding with strawberries, rhubarb, and blueberries to the menu.
It’s relatively easy to make, requires minimal kitchen skills, and will earn you rave reviews from your family and friends. What could be better?
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Patriotic Bread Pudding is available at the end of this post.
The ingredient list for making Patriotic Bread Pudding:
- Italian Bread, cut into cubes
- Fresh Rhubarb, trimmed and chopped
- Fresh Strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
- Fresh Blueberries
- White Chocolate Chips
- Granulated Sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
The kitchen equipment needed;
- Cutting Board
- Chef’s Knife
- Serrated Knife
- Paring Knife
- Large Bowl
- Small Bowl
- Medium Saucepan
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- 9 x 13 Baking Dish
Can this recipe be made in advance?
Made it up until the point of baking and then store it in the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight.
To bake, bring the bread pudding to room temperature before baking and then continue baking as instructed.
Can this patriotic bread pudding be frozen?
Bake it as per the instructions and then allow it to cool completely.
Wrap well and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To bake from frozen, uncover and bake at 350-degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the bread pudding is heated through.
Why this recipe works:
Spring and early summer is the perfect time to make this creamy fresh fruit bread pudding while the rhubarb and berries are at their peak of freshness, and when their prices are at their lowest.
The effort required to make this recipe is pretty minimal. As long as you can use a serrated knife to cut the bread into cubes, and can bring milk and butter to a low simmer on the stovetop, you’ll be successful in making this recipe.
What if I don’t like rhubarb? Do I have to use it?
Nope. Not at all.
Leave the rhubarb out completely, or substitute raspberries (or additional strawberries) for the same red white and blue effect.
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The easy instructions for making Red White and Blue Bread Pudding;
- Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
- In a medium saucepan bring milk, sugar, butter and vanilla extract to a low simmer.
- Remove the pan from the heat and set aside while you cube a loaf of Italian bread into 2″ cubes.
- Place the bread cubes in a large bowl.
- Trim and chop the rhubarb into approximate ½” pieces (this doesn’t need to be exact).
- Place the chopped rhubarb (reserving ½ cup for later) into the bowl with the bread.
- Trim and chop the strawberries into the same approximate size as the rhubarb, and add them, along with the blueberries (reserving a ½ cup of each for later) into the bowl with the bread cubes.
- Add the white chocolate chips (reserving ½ cup for later) to the bread bowl and toss to combine all the ingredients.
- Pour the bread and fruit mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and set aside while you prepare the custard.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Add 1 cup of the milk mixture into the egg bowl and whisk to combine.
- Add the egg and milk mixture from the small bowl into the saucepan with the remaining warm milk mixture.
- Whisk to combine.
- Pour all the custard evenly over top of the bread cubes and fruit in the baking dish, pressing the bread cubes into the custard mixture making sure it’s evenly coated.
- Bake the bread pudding in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.
- Remove the bread pudding from the oven and evenly sprinkle the remaining fruit and white chocolate chips evenly over top.
- Sprinkle the entire top with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.
- Return the baking dish back into the oven and continue baking until the custard is set in the middle and the bread pudding is puffed and golden.
- Allow to cool for approximately 30 minutes and serve warm. Enjoy!
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Patriotic Red White and Blue Bread Pudding.
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!
Red White and Blue Bread Pudding
- 5 cups Italian bread cut into 2" cubes
- 2 cups fresh rhubarb stalks trimmed and diced into 1" pieces, reserve ½ cup and set aside
- 1½ cups sliced strawberries reserve ½ cup and set aside
- 1½ cups fresh blueberries reserve ½ cup and set aside
- 8 ounces white chocolate chips reserve ½ cup and set aside
- 3 cups milk
- ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, set aside the 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter plus additional to butter the baking dish
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 eggs beaten
- pinch salt
Tools and equipment
- Cutting board and serrated knife to cube the Italian bread
- "9 x 13" baking dish
- Large bowl
- paring knife to trim the rhubarb and strawberries
- medium size saucepan
- measuring cups
- medium bowl
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Liberally butter the baking dish and set aside.
- Cube the Italian bread and place in a large bowl.
- Bring the milk, sugar, butter and vanilla to a low simmer in a medium size saucepan. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Trim and cut the rhubarb and strawberries and add to the bowl with the bread cubes.
- Add the blueberries and white chocolate chips to the bowl with the bread and rhubarb.
- Toss to the ingredients in the large bowl to combine.
- Turn the bread and fruit mixture out in an even layer in the buttered baking dish.
- In a medium bowl whisk 3 eggs and a pinch of salt.
- Add about 1 cup of the warmed milk and butter mixture into the blended eggs. Stir to combine.
- Pour the egg and milk mixture into the larger bowl with the remaining milk and butter mixture and stir well to combine.
- Pour the milk and egg mixture (custard) evenly over the bread, fruit and chocolate mixture.
- Press the bread into the custard to it's evenly covered.
- Bake the bread pudding for 45 minutes in a preheated oven.
- Remove from the oven and top the bread pudding evenly with the reserved ½ cup rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.
- Return the bread pudding back into the oven and continue baking until the center of the bread pudding is set and it's puffed and golden.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm (preferred) with vanilla ice cream, if desired (not shown).
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for patriotic bread pudding with rhubarb, strawberries, and blueberries as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!
Since the window for fresh strawberries, blueberries and rhubarb only last for a short while, I have a few other recipes that call for these superheroes of the produce department that I think you’ll also enjoy.
Three cheers for the red, white, and blue. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
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