Blueberry Bread Puddings with Lemon Curd

Photo: Randy Mayor; Katie Stoddard

Photo: Randy Mayor; Katie Stoddard

Blueberries have notably high levels of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. According to Wikipedia, ‚Äúa 2007 symposium on berry health benefits were reports showing consumption of blueberries (and similar berry fruits including cranberries) may alleviate the cognitive decline occurring in Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions of aging.‚Äù

In this recipe from Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2002, tart lemon curd tops individual bread puddings laced with berries. The recipe calls for frozen blueberries, but fresh blueberries also work well. Prepare the lemon curd while the puddings bake. This recipe makes eight servings.

Ingredients for Puddings:
1 1/4 Cups 2% reduced-fat milk
¬Ω Cup sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 Large eggs, lightly beaten
4 1/2 Cups (1/2-inch) cubed French bread (about 8 ounces)
Cooking spray
1 1/2 Cups frozen blueberries, divided

To prepare puddings, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
Add bread, tossing gently to coat.
Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°.
Divide half of bread mixture evenly among 8 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 3/4 cup berries.
Divide remaining bread mixture among ramekins; top with 3/4 cup berries.

Set of four Ramekins

Set of four Ramekins

Cover each ramekin with foil.
Place ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake them covered, at 350° for 15 minutes.
Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Ingredients for Lemon Curd:
1/3 Cup of sugar
1 Large egg, lightly beaten
¼ Cup fresh lemon juice
2 Teaspoons butter

Directions for Lemon Curd:
To prepare lemon curd, combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1 egg in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk.
Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is light in color, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon juice and butter; cook 2 minutes or until mixture coats the back of a spoon, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Place saucepan in a large ice-filled bowl for 5 minutes or until lemon curd cools to room temperature.
Serve lemon curd over warm bread puddings.

1 Comment

  1. JoachimStiller

    Hey and Blue Berries are 2 for 1 at Food Lion on Sadler. Ooops that is blatant advertising.
    Can't help it, I love blue berries.

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