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Have you ever had the idea in your head that you don’t like a certain food, only to give it another chance years later and realize that you were wrong? Well, for the longest time, bread pudding totally grossed me out. I mean, why would I want to eat sweetened, soggy bread? But then earlier this year, I fell head over heels in love with French toast casserole, and after it came to my attention that there is quite a bit of conceptual overlap between French toast casserole and bread pudding, I decided to give the latter another try. While I’m still a little iffy about the ones that are visibly sodden and gush liquid when you cut into them, I have officially turned over a new leaf with bread pudding!
One of the things that helped convert me into a bread pudding fan was the sheer simplicity. A dessert that I can throw together in a matter of minutes and make as many or as few servings as I want? Yes, please! I made this strawberry shortcake bread pudding even simpler (and dairy-free!) by using some melted So Delicious Dairy Free® Coconut Milk Simply Strawberry frozen dessert—that way, I didn’t need to add milk, sugar, or extra strawberry flavoring.
While many bread pudding recipes call for milk or cream, I’ve found that using melted frozen desserts creates a richer, more indulgent texture, plus it imbues the pudding with additional flavor. And since So Delicious Dairy Free® frozen desserts don’t contain any artificial flavors or colors or any high-fructose corn syrup, this bread pudding is an indulgence we can all feel good about! In case you’re wondering where to find them, there’s no need to seek out a specialty store—you can just stop by your local Walmart for a wide selection of So Delicious Dairy Free® products.
I chose to use Coconut Milk Simply Strawberry so that I could take advantage of the end of strawberry season and add fresh berries on top of the pudding, but you can use any flavor you like (and then garnish as you see fit).
In fact, I’d be remiss in not mentioning the Cashew Milk Salted Caramel Cluster variety, which sommmehow also made it into my cart. That stuff is dangerously delicious, no joke. It doesn’t matter whether you avoid dairy like the plague or wouldn’t ever dream of giving it up, you’ll be fighting over who gets the last scoop!
As we head into the last few weeks of summer—where did the time go?!—I hope you’ll take a few minutes to whip up a few of these strawberry shortcake bread puddings! It’s a great way to slow down, take a breather, and treat yourself. After all, isn’t that what summer’s all about?
How are you planning to make the most of the rest of summer? And if you’ve tried So Delicious Dairy Free® frozen desserts, which ones are your favorites?
- 2-3 slices (about 4-5 ounces) challah, torn or cut into cubes
- 3/4 cup melted So Delicious Dairy Free® Coconut Milk Simply Strawberry frozen dessert
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6-8 medium strawberries, cut into bite-sized pieces
- powdered sugar (optional)
- whipped coconut cream (optional, see note for instructions)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 10-ounces ramekins with baking spray.
- Fill the ramekins with the challah cubes, making sure they are fitted snuggly.
- Mix together the melted So Delicious Dairy Free® Coconut Milk Simply Strawberry frozen dessert, beaten eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the challah cubes in the ramekins, making sure that all of the exposed area has been coated. Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges of the challah have browned slightly.
- Let the bread puddings cool for 10 minutes. Add the strawberries and top with powdered sugar and/or whipped coconut cream if desired.
- Traditional challah usually does not contain dairy, but check the ingredient list to be sure.
- Making your own whipped coconut cream is simple but requires a little planning ahead, because the coconut cream has to be fully chilled. Place an unopened can (14 ounces) of coconut cream in the refrigerator the night before you plan to serve the bread pudding. The next day, scoop out the chilled solid cream from the can, leaving behind the liquid at the bottom (you won’t need this). Place the cream in the bowl of a mixer and mix until smooth (about 20-30 seconds). Add 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix until fully incorporated. This will yield more than you need for the bread puddings, but it will keep in the refrigerator for several days.
Erika Powell says
Wow that looks delicious! Definitely need to try this. I love bread puddings!
Thanks, Erika! Let me know what you think if you give it a try 🙂
How funny, I am totally the same way with bread pudding. I love French Toast bakes but never really got the taste for bread pudding. I do love challah, though, so I’m thinking of giving the pudding thing one more try. This looks fabulous. #client
I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way! I hope that if you try this, it’ll help you see bread pudding in a new light!
Sarah 'n Spice says
Yes, Yes and Yes! I’m all about this 🙂
I’m glad this caught your eye, then! Let me know how it goes if you give it a try 🙂
Stephanie | Worth Whisking says
This dessert looks delicious, Mara, and so easy!! Love that you used the melted frozen dessert to simplify the prep even more!
Thanks, Stephanie! What can I say…it’s summer and I’m looking to simplify as much as possible 🙂
Tracy | Baking Mischief says
OMG. Using a melted frozen dessert for bread pudding is GENIUS! *Definitely* have to try this one before summer is out.
Thanks, Tracy! It’s the perfect solution for when you realize that your freezer was cracked open all night…which seems to happen to us on a semi-regular basis 😉
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
Oh this looks amazing! I do love bread pudding but never even had it until I was an adult. Not certain if I would have liked it as a kid. 🙂 I’ll eat a double helping now to make up for lost time!
I like your way of thinking! Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!
Mara- what a great recipe! I love the simplicity of the melted freezer treat😀 And the versatility of using your favorite flavors!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks, Michelle! Yes, the flavor possibilities are endless – I hope you get a chance to try it!
Your diary-free bread pudding looks amazingly delicious. I keep needing to get larger cake pants with your recipes lol
Haha yes, I know! I try to share healthier recipes as well, but people don’t seem to get as excited about those. Oh well…it’s all about balance, right?
Mmm, so wonderful! And great when we have dairy-free guests for dinner!
Thanks, Julianna! I hope you get a chance to try it 🙂
Jess Dianne says
This sounds delish! I might have to alter the recipe a bit due to availability of ingredients, but I’m definitely going to try this.
Thanks, Jess! This recipe is extremely versatile, so I imagine whatever changes you make will be just as tasty. Let me know how it goes!
Yumm! This looks and sounds delicious 😀
Thanks, Sarah! And it tastes even better than it looks 🙂
Debbie Spivey says
This looks so good! A new take on heavy bread pudding!
Thanks, Debbie! This one is definitely a lighter, fluffier bread pudding…perfect for summer – but I’d gladly eat it any time of year 🙂
This looks so delicious! I am getting so I really like the taste of coconut milk in recipes, so I would like to give this a try!
Sounds like this is right up your alley! I didn’t actually notice the coconut milk flavor in the finished product, but I did taste it when I was eating some out of the carton (for quality assurance purposes, of course!). Let me know how it goes if you try this!
I love bread pudding and this looks perfect!
I’m glad that my take on bread pudding caught your eye! Thanks 🙂
What a genius way to make bread pudding…I’ve never thought about using melted ice cream! I can see how this would lend such an incredible flavor, though. And strawberry bread pudding? What a unique flavor…and perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing this one!!
Thanks! The melted frozen dessert makes things a lot easier – it provides the liquid, sweetener, and flavor all in one go 🙂
shashi at runninsrilankan says
I so LOVE your use of melted So Delicious Dairy Free® Coconut Milk Simply Strawberry frozen dessert instead of milk/cream to make this bread pudding! I’m not a huge fan of bread pudding – but this bread pudding I would devour!
This might just be the bread pudding that will change your mind! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Oh, wow. This is such a killer recipe, its sounds awesome with the ice cream and the strawberries! Yum!
Thanks so much! I love it when delicious and easy coincide.
Katie's Time Travelling Kitchen says
This sounds so delicous! I can’t wait to try it 🙂
Thanks, Katie! Let me know how it goes if you do 🙂