orange cranberry bread pudding

Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! I mean, who can’t get behind a dessert that also includes bread?? This orange cranberry bread pudding includes a to-die-for orange cream sauce, but we’ll dive into that later. I do love a good traditional bread pudding, but sometimes they can get too soggy and sometimes I’m just not feeling raisins, ya feel me? I wanted to create a non-traditional dessert around Thanksgiving and I think I found a winner!

orange cranberry bread pudding

This orange cranberry bread pudding uses French bread and by cooking them in individual containers it allowed for a nice crisp on top with some moisture in the bottom. My husband always said he hated bread pudding because he didn’t like the soggy bread texture so he was a little hesitant to give this a shot. I’m happy to report he LOVED it and said the moisture was just right! Score another win for me in the kitchen! The fresh cranberries add just a hint of tart, combined with the orange cream sauce and it’s a match made in heaven.

orange cranberry bread pudding

Let’s talk about this orange dream….I mean cream sauce. This homemade sauce has just the right amount of fresh orange flavor, combined with the orange zest, to really bring out the flavor but not be overpowering. I could have put this orange sauce on just about anything. If you love orange sweet rolls, this will be right up your ally!

orange cranberry bread pudding


Orange Cranberry Bread Pudding Recipe

Orange Cranberry Bread Pudding

This orange cranberry bread pudding is a great non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert, or enjoy anytime of the year! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Jennifer


Bread Pudding

  • 1 loaf French Bread Use gluten-free for GF option
  • 2 cups Whole Milk Use full-fat canned coconut for dairy-free option
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter melted
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice no pulp

Orange Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice no pulp
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Cut about 3/4 of the French bread loaf into large cubes and add to a large mixing bowl. 

  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, orange juice, melted butter and sugar and whisk to combine. Pour mixture over the bread cubes. Stir until the bread is covered, then place the bowl into the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

  4. Remove bowl from refrigerator. Adding fresh cranberries and stir once again. 

  5. Place the six individual ramekin dishes onto a baking sheet. Grease with butter or a non-stick spray (I used coconut oil spray). Using a slotted spoon, spoon the bread mixture into the individual dishes. You'll want a nice pile of cubes in the dishes (see the pictures). This will allow you to have a crisp top. If there is any remaining liquid in the bowl after removing all the bread, pour over the individual bowls. 

  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes. While the bread pudding is baking, make the orange cream sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter on low heat. Add in the sugar, egg, and orange juice and whisk to combine. Add in the orange zest. Slowly cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, then remove from heat. Do not allow the sauce to simmer! 

  7. Once the bread pudding has finished baking, remove from oven, and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with orange cream sauce and serve warm. 

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orange cranberry bread pudding