Recipe Box, Savory Holiday Bread Pudding

Cranberries are paired with brioche bread, bleu cheese and pecans

for a savory holiday bread pudding

Is your mouth watering yet?

This is a perfect holiday side dish,

and the good news is that the prep only takes a few minutes

1 loaf of fresh brioche bread, eggs, milk, heavy cream,

cranberries, thyme and pecans

I also added dried cranberries and walnuts

Beat the eggs and stir in the milk and cream in a large mixing bowl

Add the cranberries, bleu cheese, thyme* and pecans

*the recipe I adapted this from called for thyme,

but I really couldn’t taste it, so I will leave it out next time

Cut the brioche into large cubes and add to the wet ingredients

Gently fold brioche cubes into the cranberry mixture

until all the bread is well saturated

Let mixture sit for about 1 hour to continue to absorb the wet batter

Then transfer the mixture to a prepared 8″ x 8″ baking dish

Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes,

then uncover and bake for 30 more minutes until set in the middle

Serve it up and enjoy!

Savory Holiday Bread Pudding

Cranberries are paired with brioche bread cubes, bleu cheese and pecans for an easy to prepare and delightful holiday side dish!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 8" x 8" baking dish


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme* chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  • ½ cup pecans, candied or roasted
  • 2 oz dried cranberries and walnuts, optional
  • 1 loaf of brioche bread cubed (12 cups)


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, cream, milk
  • Add the thyme*, cranberries, blue cheese and pecans. Mix to coat.
  • Add the cubed bread and mix thoroughly.
  • Let mixture sit for about an hour to absorb the wet mixture
  • Grease or spray the casserole dish and transfer the stuffing into the casserole dish
  • Cover the casserole dish with foil, and bake for 45 minutes
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes


If you don’t like bleu cheese, leave it out or substitute grated fontina
*I couldn’t really taste the thyme, so leave it out if desired
Keyword bread pudding, brioche bread pudding, Christmas appetizer, cranberry bread pudding, holiday side dish, savory bread pudding, Thanksgiving


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26 Responses to “Recipe Box, Savory Holiday Bread Pudding”
  1. Poor **Cranberries** usually get a bad reputation as bitter, angry little things. You’ve saved their reputation as something pretty and wildly creative. Thank you from my little pilgrim heart.

  2. Pam says:

    Good morning, Jenna. This savory bread pudding sounds delicious and something different for the holidays. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a wonderful Thursday. Hopefully, rain tomorrow!

  3. The bread pudding must have tasted really great made with brioche!

  4. As much as our family doesn’t care for regular stuffing, or dressing, everyone loves the bread pudding versions.

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Good morning, Jenna! You are making me hungry! This savory bread pudding sounds scrumptious. This would be a wonderful side for any holiday meal. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day, sweet friend!

  6. EsmeSalon says:

    You said the magic word – bread pudding – love, love and yes love it. Pinned it
    I visited you via Eat Your Veggies and the TFT Blog Hop
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  7. lghiggins says:

    I like stuffing, but I think this recipe would make a good alternative. I notice the original recipe calls it a stuffing, but I think that does the dish a disservice. I like your name for it better. As much as I like leeks, I agree that leaving them out as you did would be the best plan. Otherwise you have too many conflicting flavors. This dish looks delicious!

  8. Linda @LifeandLinda says:

    Looks delicious, except for the bleu cheese which I dislike. A perfect time to make bread pudding. Thanks Jenna. Happy weekend.

  9. Oh Jenna, this looks wonderful – anything with cranberries goes well at our house!

  10. Anonymous says:

    This sounds super nummy, I think I will leave the blue cheese on the side or add some thing else. I wonder if shredded orange peel, might be a kick with rosemary for savory or maybe fresh thyme, I don’t think that is one of those spices that holds very long in the pantry. Very pretty dish!!!!

  11. helenfern says:

    Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!! Have a great week.

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