- 4 jumbo blueberry muffins (bakery muffins will work)
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
Grease a baking dish with unsalted butter. Set aside.
Cut muffins into medium-sized cubes and arrange in prepared baking dish. Top with fresh blueberries.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Whisk till all ingredients are combined. Pour over the muffins and blueberries. Gently press down with a spatula to make sure the muffins absorb the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (Note: It is best to refrigerate overnight).
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place baking dish on top of a baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar all over the top of the bread pudding.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until the bread pudding is set. (Note: Insert a tooth pick in the center of the bread pudding. If it comes out mostly clean, it is done).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle a light dusting of powdered sugar (optional) before serving. Serve warm.
Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs
- Have them help gather ingredients for the recipe. Do the same with measuring cups and spoons.
- Practice counting 1-10 using the fresh blueberries. See how many blueberries fit inside of a ½ cup. Can they find other items around the kitchen that are blue?
- Explore the other ingredients in the recipe. Talk about their color, shape, texture, taste and scent. (Note: Do not sample raw eggs).
- Allow your child to help grease the baking dish with unsalted butter.
- Working together, allow your child to carefully cut or break the muffins into medium chunks.
- Have your kitchen helper carefully pour the milk and heavy cream into a large bowl.
- Once the recipe is complete, allow them to taste their creation. See if they like it.
- Practice precise measurements with the sugars, cinnamon, milk and cream. Talk about the different measuring cups and spoons and see if they can identify which is smaller vs. larger and vice versa.
- Allow your child to crack the eggs into the bowl and use a fork or whisk to lightly beat them.
- With adult supervision, practice using a whisk to combine all ingredients for the egg mixture.
- With adult supervision, allow your child to practice safe knife skills to cut the muffins into chunks.
- Allow your child to carefully pour the egg mixture over the muffins and blueberries. They can help use a spatula to gently press down on the bread pudding.
- Once the bread pudding has cooled down, allow your kid chef to help dust a little powdered sugar if you decide to use it.
- Once the recipe is done, allow them to taste their creation and ask them to describe the flavor.