Apple-Blueberry Bread Pudding

Using vanilla bean paste in this delicious apple dessert will give you those pretty vanilla bean speckles without the work of scraping the whole bean. If the paste isn't available, you can use an equal amount of vanilla extract in its place.

navy rectangular baking dish with Apple-Blueberry Bread Pudding
Photo: Dera Burreson
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
1 hr
Cool Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins


  • 12 ounce 1/2-inch thick slices brioche bread

  • ½ 8 ounce containter mascarpone cheese

  • ¼ cup almond butter

  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp.packed brown sugar

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • 1 cup blueberries

  • 1 ¾ cup milk

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • Powdered sugar


  1. Grease a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the bread slices in prepared dish, overlapping as necessary.

  2. In a small bowl stir together the cheese, almond butter, and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Spoon over bread slices.

  3. In a medium bowl toss together apples, blueberries, and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar. Spoon over layers in dish. Top with remaining bread slices.

  4. In a large bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla bean paste, and spice. Slowly pour over layers in dish, pressing down as you pour. Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Unocover and bake about 60 minutes or until set (at least 180°F), covering with foil the last 15 minutes of baking if necessary to prevent overbrowning. Remove and cool 15 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
19g Fat
38g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1.5mg 8%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 204mg 4%
Folate, total 17mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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