Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Blueberry Bread Pudding w/ Lemon Sauce + Weekend Fun

Here's another scrumptious Cajun dessert that I just had to try,  after tasting a similar one at a recent festival. I  concocted my own version of this sinfully delicious treat and topped it off with a luscious lemon sauce. I just love the wonderful combination of the lemon with the blueberries.  It's a match made in heaven and is out of this world! Cest bon,cher! Enjoy!

Blueberry Bread Pudding w/ Lemon Sauce 

1 (13 oz.)  loaf "day old" French bread, torn into pieces
3 tbs.'s butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2  cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and extracts and beat until combined. 

Slowly stir in milk and whisk until well blended. Place the bread pieces in a buttered 3 quart baking dish and pour the milk mixture over the bread and stir gently to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Gently stir the blueberries into the bread mixture. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top. Place baking dish in a larger baking pan filled with 2 inches of water.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, for about 45 minutes or until set. Divine!

Lemon Sauce

1 tbs. butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbs.cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
2  tbs.'s lemon juice
1 tbs. lemon zest, finely grated

In small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add boiling water, and cook and stir  constantly until thick.Stir in lemon juice, zests, and butter. Serve over bread pudding.

I am sharing this at :  Wow Us Wednesdays ~ These Chicks Cooked

Weekend Fun

It was another fab weekend in Cajun country and ended up being just one big,  nonstop party. We really packed in the fun and one of my favorite events was the Blues Berry Festival on Saturday, at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.

 It was a combination blues music jam and blueberry cook- off,  with 6 area restaurants competing for first place. Patrons got to sample each blueberry entry and then vote on their favorite.

These blueberry bars  from Great Harvest Bread Company were my first choice and were scrumptious. They were crunchy and sweet and full of Louisiana blueberries.

And this blueberry bread pudding with blueberry- bourbon sauce from Pamplona's Restaurant was divine and was my second choice and my inspiration.

Also on the menu was blueberry-corn soup and and blueberry compote with lemon mascarpone custard.  Both were fab.

 A little later, there was a blues jam with Henry Gray and the Cats and legendary blues guitar player, John Mooney. They were really rockin' the crowd and there was a whole lotta jitterbuggin' going on. Here's a little clip that I took of the high spirited crowd. (Sorry it's kind of dark)

Blues Berry Festival Blues Jam

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cookingwithgas said...

I have many blueberry bushes and many blueberries coming in.
I might have to print this one as a give it a go - i love lemon as well- oh yum!

A Kitchen Witch said...

Heaven. I'm in Heaven ; )

Susanna Powers said...

This is probably better than the one at the festival! And did you know that cinnamon is good for you? And of course blueberries are too. thanks, sp

California Girl said...

Loosianna has blueberries? Nawww, I thought only New England states had blueberries.

Do you cook the sauce til it's thick as we would a curd or lemon pie?

Also, off dessert topic, how do you manage to eat piping hot food with highly seasoned ingredients during the height of summer?

Rita said...

Comme ça l'air bon! Anything with blueberries is great. Wish I was there.

Eddie Bluelights said...

All truly scrumptuous and great fun. Enough to make anyone dance on the bar LOL.

Starbright said...

Mmmm I'd die for breadpudding!!!! I'm going to make this soon watch!
I live in New Orleans... so I'm fairly close to you lol

Cloudia said...

You feed the whole person, Cher!

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Shammickite said...

mmmm blueberries. It's blueberry season here. Last week I made a yummy scrumptious blueberry pie. It was so good that I think I'll have to make another one. Or perhaps I'll try your blueberry bread'n'butter pudding, that looks terrific!

ellen abbott said...

why do you keep doing this to me? I don't cook. my cooking days are gone. hubby does the cooking now and yet you keep posting things that make me want to get in the kitchen. stop that! besides, he does not need anything that will add more inches to his waistline.

Gypsy Heart said...

Perfection! Thanks so much for sharing...I love blueberries and lemon combined. Any food I've had in and around Lafayette was outstanding!


Midlife Roadtripper said...

Tis the time for blueberries.

Angie's Recipes said...

Berry delicious!

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Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

It looks so yummy! Seems that you had a great weekend! Lovely post. You got a very creative space here.
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Kat said...

You are the best, Marguerite! That looks like a scrumptious recipe, and you always have so much fun! I am still lovin' your blog.

kitchen flavours said...

Love the lemon sauce over the blueberry bread pudding! Looks so yummy! Thanks again for another lovely recipe!

Marguerite said...

cwg- Thanks, you're so lucky to have blueberry bushes and I hope you try the bread pudding. Thanks for stopping by!

KW- Thanks, so glad you like it and hope that you try it! Blueberry heaven, for sure!

sussah- Thanks, it actually is better and I hope you give it a try! :) You're welcome, cher!

Cal. Girl- Yes we do and they grow quite well here, too. The recipe says to cook till thick, but not as thick as lemon curd. See my previous post for things I like to eat in summer. Central air conditioning and the pool help, too!

Rita- Merci, so glad you like it! I agree and I hope you try it! I wish you were, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Eddie- Merci beaucoup for the sweet compliment, cher! Wrong bar! lol You are so canaille! lol

BMB- Hi and welcome, so nice to meet you, cher! It's fab and I'm so glad you want to try it. Merci for stopping by!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Blueberries and lemon are so yummy together! That pudding sounds like a match made in tastebud heaven :)

Jen@Mom's Online Garage Sale said...

Bread pudding is one of my all time favorites. That looks D'lish! Thank you for joining us on I ♥ Blogging Hop. Have a great week!

nanny said...

I love bread pudding!!! Made it "one" time.....it tasted like soggy bread....lol
We have a cajun restaurant in town and he makes the best!!!!!
Guess I should keep trying, uh?

Drick said...

I have had many a bread pudding, but you got one on me, never had a blueberry one - sounds and looks awesome - great festival, would love to try that soup

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Michelle B said...

Thanks for linking w/ Garden Variety Wednesday! How did you know blueberries are my favorite fruit?

Have had many types of bread pudding, but never blueberry...sounds fantastic! And pairing it w/ lemon sauce? You go, girl!

We love the Blue Moon (I used to live in the garage apt nextdoor pre-Blue Moon)! Don't get to go nearly enough. The festival sounds like it was a treat.

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

This looks so delicious! I love the blueberry & lemon combo!!!

Marguerite said...

Cloudia- Merci for the nice compliment, cher! I try to! :)

Shammickite- That pie sounds delish but, I do hope you try the bread pudding! Thanks for stopping by!

ellen- lol Maybe you should get hubby to make this bread pudding for you and the grandkids. And tell him that he can only have one serving. :)

Gypsy- Thanks so much for your lovely comment! So glad you like it and hope you try it. The food in Lafayette is the best!

Midlife- Yes, it is and I hope you give this fab blueberry treat a try! Thanks for coming by!

Angie- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for the sweet compliment and for stopping by! It's so nice to meet you!

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Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Looks mouth-watering. I love the lemon sauce - I would imagine the blueberry sauce would be too much.

Now if only I had some blueberries.

Unknown said...

This recipe sure puts a unique twist on the traditonal bread pudding! It looks delish!
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The bread pudding looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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Mmmh, yummie:-)

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Winelady Cooks said...

I stopped by from Roz's La Bella Vita. Bread pudding is one of our favorite desserts, I'll have to try this.

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Thanks so much for sharing.

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Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

Oh Marguerite, you have combined two of my favorite flavors together for an awesome bread pudding! Kudos to you! Thanks for sharing this sweet dessert on Fresh Food Friday . . . I KNOW that it will be featured next week!

The Harried Cook said...

Sounds really yummy! I especially love the sound of that lemon sauce :) Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Oh I LOVE bread pudding!!!! What a fantastic recipe that I will be trying very soon!! The lemon sauce is a nice touch. Will have to see if it works with sucanat!
Hopping on by and am your newest follower.


Marguerite said...

Mona- Hi and welcome! Thanks,so glad you like it. You're so welcome and thank you for following back.

TCM- Hi and welcome! You're welcome and thank you for hosting! Thanks for the invitation, too. When my fan page is finished, I'll see you there!

SBM- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by. You have a very creative site, too!

Kat- Merci beaucoup for your kind words and comment! It is divine and I hope you try it. I love your blog, too! Cheers, cher!

kf- Thanks, so glad you like it! The sauce is a little tricky, but I know that you could make it. You're welcome!

Katie- Thanks, it is a great combo and I hope you give it a try. Your blueberry pound cake looks scrumptious. Great minds think alike! :)

Jen- Thanks for your sweet comment and I hope you try it! I tried to put your button on my sidebar, but the code wouldn't work. I'll try again. Thank you for hosting!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
I am just recovering from an eye surgery last week and I needed your good cajun music to make me feel better it always does the trick for me. I could really use a serving of that great bread pudding with lemon sauce, yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
Miz Helen

Magic of Spice said...

Oh my goodness...so delightful! That photo with the sauce pouring down the sides of the bread pudding is killing me!

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Cast Party Wednesday last week. I really appreciate you sharing your recipe with us. I hope you will join us again for another awesome party filled with yummy recipes.
Thanks Again!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

Hi Marguerite! Thank you so much for accepting sharing this incredible blueberry bread pudding on last week's Fresh Food Friday! It was FEATURED in today's edition! Please stop by, check it out, grab the button if you like, and also share another recipe or TWO if you like!

Kim McCallie said...

Your bread pudding looks delicious! I have some blueberries in my fridge that I have got to use this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.