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Summer Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding

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Being a Work-at-Home mom, I spend most of my day at my computer, pounding away at my keyboard, or shuffling through paperwork on my desk and if it’s a good day, standing in my kitchen mixing up a delicious recipe for my blog.

Because I spend so much time on the computer, it is imperative for me to get up, move around and to get my mind off work a few times throughout the day, just to stay focused, but really so I don’t go crazy.

The one thing I have struggled with, is break time. For years, at lunchtime, I used to sit and eat my lunch at my desk or I made personal phone calls from my desk, all so I could keep working. Never really taking a break. Always staring at the computer or making notes for later, that wound up with sandwich crumbs or sauce stains all over them. Seriously.

About a year ago, I realized how much I got done in the afternoon if I took a break about midday and ate my lunch somewhere else, anywhere else, besides in front of my keyboard. That’s when I discovered The Chew. I was hooked from the first episode I watched.

The Chew

The show comes on right at lunch time and I quickly discovered I am able to take a break, eat my lunch and enjoy an entertaining hour of food and fun and then return to my work refreshed and sometimes even inspired.

There are so many things I love about The Chew. The hosts, some of my favorites, were what pulled me into the show initially. Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz are hilarious, real and they make hanging out in the kitchen simple and fun.

But once I started watching them, the entertainment and fun extended into the food they made. They make cooking manageable, because they show step by step directions, even a difficult recipe is amazingly easy. I love that. I have yet to meet a recipe from the show that isn’t doable in my own kitchen and doesn’t turn out perfect everytime.

When I watched Carla Hall show us how to make her easy Summer Pudding, which you can see in the clip below, I knew we were making it. We did. Several times. And each time we make it different. That’s what I love about recipes from The Chew. Simple, Elegant, Understandable. Delicious. AND changeable. I can make this Summer Pudding, a Fall Pudding or a Spring Pudding, simply by changing the fruit or the flavors. In fact, I have big plans for this Fall. Just wait until you see another version we made of this coming in early October, just in time for our cool autumn weather.

I stuck with Carla’s directions, but I changed up the ingredients a bit. We chose a thicker Cinnamon Bread instead of just a white bread. I was hoping that the thickness meant it wouldn’t seep all the way through and I was very pleasantly surprised to get gorgeous streaks of berry juice running through the cinnamon bread when we tipped it out of the bowl. I also used different fruit. We went with Strawberries, Blueberries and Cherries and then used Cherry Preserves as our Spreadable Jam for the bread. We topped each slice with a homemade coconut whipped cream and sprinkled some nutmeg on top rather than cinnamon just for a different flavor.

We served this at a summer BBQ gathering with some friends and everyone had seconds, leaving us with only one large piece. The next morning my 19 year old son and I shared the last piece for breakfast with some coffee and it was fabulous. He confessed that he had actually had three servings the night before and declared that it was his favorite dessert ever and his favorite of all the versions we had tried out. This makes me happy because it’s a simple, no heat dessert that is just perfect for any gathering.

The Chew | Summer Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Right now, it’s still hot and humid and frankly gross. I don’t want to open the curtains on my windows, I don’t even want to open a door for someone to leave, and I certainly don’t want to turn on my oven and heat up my house either. That’s why I loved this dessert. It’s fantastic for a hot summer night, or a BBQ or a party. No Bake, prepared ahead and is simply delicious. Nobody could believe it was slices of bread around the outside holding it all together. It really resemble a cake at the end.

I just returned home from the Food & Wine Conference in Orlando, Florida, and I had a very long day of traveling on Monday. I was able to catch the three days of shows I missed on my way home via Hulu on my cell phone in the airport and later my laptop, while we were grounded on the plane for over an hour waiting for new passengers to load. The flight attendant and I had a long conversation mid flight after she noticed I had been watching it earlier. It’s one of her favorites too for all the same reasons I love it. We agreed it’s hilarious, the food is scrumptious and it’s an hour of truly entertaining TV. At the end you have an arsenal of new recipes to try out and for me that means an arsenal of new recipes to play with and change up to fit our own tastes and styles. I love it.

Check out a recent episode of The Chew below.  You can visit Hulu or The Chew’s website to watch more episodes and to find great cooking tips and delicious recipes from the show. You can even save them to your own personal recipe box like the one I provide here on my recipes.

And Now, here’s the recipe for Summer Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding {inspired by The Chew}

The Chew | Summer Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Summer Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Summer Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Yield: 10 -12
Prep Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes

An easy, make ahead, no bake dessert that is both elegant and delicious. Fresh summer berries fill the middle and mingle with the delicious flavor of cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of cinnamon bread, 10-12 pieces, crusts removed
  • ½ cup cherry preserves
  • ½ pint blueberries
  • ½ pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced cherries
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Whipped Cream, we used Homemade Coconut Milk Whipped Cream
  • nutmeg, optional to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. Line a medium sized glass bowl with plastic wrap. I actually used waxed paper because I was completely out of plastic wrap. It worked just fine.
  2. On your crustless cinnamon bread, spread the cherry preserves over each of the slices of bread on one side.
  3. Line the bowl with the slices of bread forming a bowl with the bread, with the preserves side up (it will be touching the fruit mixture). Use as many pieces of bread as it takes to create a full bowl. It COULD take more than the suggested 10-12 slices depending on your bowl size. Also be sure to reserve a few slices of the bread to use later for the top. (3 or 4 should do it)
  4. In a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat, combine the sliced strawberries, blueberries and sliced cherries with the lemon juice and sugar.
  5. Cook until the berries begin to burst and release their juices (mostly the blueberries are what you are watching for, about 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Before I poured the mixture into the bread bowl, I used a masher to gently mash the berries up only a little more to release more juice. This is probably not necessary, but I did it anyway and I liked the results.
  6. Pour the fruit mixture into the bread lined bowl, careful to get it all inside your bread bowl.
  7. Cover the top of the bread bowl with the extra reserved slices of cinnamon bread, placing the cherry preserve side down touching the fruit. Don't push it down, just gently press to have the mixture adhere to the bread.
  8. Place a plate over the top to weigh it down.
  9. Place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours to chill. Overnight is best, however I made it at about 8:00am and we served it just about 7:30pm, not quite the whole 12 hours, and it was perfect.
  10. When you're ready to serve it, remove the plate and decide what platter you'd like to serve it on. Place the platter over the top of the bowl, replacing the plate and gently flip the dessert over onto the platter. Make sure you hold everything or you could lose the whole thing. (watch the clip to see how they did it if you're nervous)
  11. Carefully remove the bowl, using the plastic wrap or waxed paper to gently pull it down out of the bowl. Once it has been released, you can pull the plastic wrap/waxed paper off and you should have a gorgeous dessert staring back at you.
  12. Slice your portions and serve on a plate topped with the coconut milk whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. (you could mix the nutmeg into the whipped cream while you're making it, if you'd rather do that).
  13. Serve immediately.

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I’m always looking for new ways to spice up my Summer dishes, and ABC’s The Chew serves up everything from grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics. Watch weekdays 1e|12p|c on ABC to see what celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz are dishing out to inspire you this Summer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.

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steph@stephsbitebybite

Thursday 25th of July 2013

Loving that hidden berry center!

Nicole Cook

Thursday 8th of August 2013

haha thank you. It's like a big surprise waiting to happen and it's SO good!

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

I've never heard of a dessert like this before, Nicole, and now I'm super intrigued! I love your variations, especially the use of the cinnamon bread. This looks super yummy and if your son gave it such a resounding thumbs up, I'm sure it's a big hit!

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

I hadn't either Nancy, that's what I love about The Chew. I see new things or a different take on things and voila - new to me food. :) I loved the cinnamon bread SO much more than the regular bread. Gave it some great flavor. Missed you this weekend. Next year for sure! xoxo

Pam @ Blueberries And Blessings

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

I'll be honest - I love the look of yours better than Carla's! I think I need to catch this show again - I've never given it much of a chance - great post!

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

Thanks Pam! I was really happy when it came out this way. I feel like this is the kind of dessert I could even serve at an elegant brunch! The Chew is loads of fun.

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