I adapted this particular recipe from another blog, but I totally had this idea too. I swear. Though I envisioned it quite a bit differently when I thought of it. I may still execute it the other way I was thinking of too, but when I saw this version, I really wanted to give it a run.
It’s just so clever, and so pretty. I had to know if it tastes as amazing as it looks. More about that in a minute, but spoiler alert: it sooo does!
I’m never short on ideas for peanut butter recipes. I share several peanut butter recipes a month here, and I sit down for brainstorming sessions all about that one single ingredient: peanut butter.
It’s my favorite food, so it’s easy for me to come up with ideas. One day when I was brainstorming peanut butter recipes, I thought of the idea for peanut butter and jelly bread pudding.
Bread pudding is a really fun dessert to make, and I love how versatile it is. You can get really creative with flavors of bread pudding. I’ve got a few other bread pudding recipes on the blog, like this coffee and donuts bread pudding or this coconut rum banana version, and though bread pudding is not a trendy dessert, per se, it’s a classic.
So I had the idea for this peanut butter and jelly bread pudding, and it was one of those things where I then saw it on Instagram the very next day. Noooooooo.
In this day and age of food blogging, it’s so hard to come up with original ideas, and when I do come up with what I think is really original, I swear I always see it somewhere a day or two later, someone else just thought of it too. That’s how it always seems to work out!
In any event, I have another idea for how to execute this, and I’ll probably make that too!
But this recipe is so cool – the recipe calls for making a bunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cutting them into cubes, arranging them in a baking dish, and pouring a mixture of heavy cream and eggs over it to bake into a custard-like texture. It’s so clever to replace a bread pudding’s traditional cubes of bread with cubes of PB&J sandwich!
This bread pudding exceeded my expectations. It is amazing. I kinda want every PB&J sandwich I ever eat to be baked in custard now.
The custard is sweet, rich, creamy, and ultra-decadent, and the bites of sandwich are toasty and golden brown. I highly recommend this recipe, and it’s one of the best bread puddings I’ve ever had!
- 1-pound loaf day-old brioche, cut into 16 slices
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam, or your favorite flavor
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- powdered sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spread 8 slices of bread with about 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and the other 8 slices of bread with about 1 tablespoon jam.
- Form into 8 PB&J sandwiches, and cut each sandwich into 4 equal cubes.
- Arrange the sandwich cubes into a greased 9x7-inch baking dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together heavy cream, milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the cream mixture evenly over the bread, making sure to splash all of the bread with the cream mixture.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the custard is set, and the edges of the bread pudding are golden brown.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve warm. Enjoy!
Adapted from Honestly Yum.