Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is a simple, classic dessert all dressed up with fresh cranberries and a hint of orange for the holidays! Topped with a simple orange custard sauce, Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is proof that leftover bread can easily be transformed into a delicious dessert. This post is sponsored by Milk Means More. All opinions are my own.
Can you believe that today is the First Day of Christmas? As in, there are only 12 more days until Christmas? Yeah…I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that one, too. How it got to be the middle of December, I may never know. All I know is that I’m not in the Christmas spirit until we’ve had a good snowfall, I’ve watched Elf at least once, and binge-watched approximately 47 Hallmark Christmas movies.
We were gifted with more than a foot of fluffy lake effect snow over the weekend. Check!
We watched Elf for the first time of the season on Friday night. Check!
I’ve been on a Hallmark Christmas movies bender since before Thanksgiving. Check!
(Naturally, I took a break to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life when it was released Thanksgiving weekend. Because obviously.)
Now I’m full on ready to spread Christmas Cheer by singing loud for all to hear! Be thankful that this post doesn’t have audio, Friends. I’m ready. Bring on the holiday season! Let’s just ignore the tiny fact that I just began shopping last week.
I have to know…are you an early Christmas shopper or a last minute kind of person? Me? I fall somewhere in the middle. I write down gift ideas all year long, but I save the shopping for December. The mere thought of cutting it this close to the wire makes my BFF Jeanne break out in hives. That girl puts a capital “O” on the word Organization. We all need a friend like Jeanne. Now, my Bacon Slayer is content to do his shopping on Christmas Eve. The thought of that makes me want to break out into hives! I shopped with him one year on Christmas Eve–on the way to his family’s Christmas party–and I swore to take the reins from there. I’ve been doing our shopping ever since.
But as for the food? Y’all have got to know that I’ve been planning the menus for the Christmas season for months now! Christmas Eve dinner is always a nod to my in-laws with Christmas Eve Lasagna. For Christmas dinner, I channel my Danish ancestors by roasting an easy fruit stuffed pork loin. I also whip up quick pan seared Brussels sprouts with bacon because every holiday meal should have two forms of pork on the table, amiright? I round out the meal with fat, buttered slices of the braided cardamom bread that my grandma loved so dearly. Every bite of that bread makes me feel like my gram is still with me. Gram and my late aunt Jane are also the reason that I will always serve spiced Pfeffernusse snowball cookies for dessert around the holidays.
My boys enjoy all of the foods of Christmas, but I swear that they would declare mutiny if I didn’t serve some form of baked french toast casserole for breakfast on Christmas morning. This year, I’m going to do them one better and serve dessert for breakfast! For as much as I love pie for breakfast and have passed that down to my kids, I do love a good bread pudding every now and again.
Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding is a simple, classic all dressed up for Christmas with fresh cranberries and a hint of orange. Topped with an easy orange custard sauce, Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding has all of the flavors and warmth of the season baked inside. Serve this to your family, and I just know that they’ll taste the love of the holidays in every bite.
Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding makes a festive dessert or indulgent breakfast!