This easy Berry Bread Pudding is the best dessert (or breakfast) to satisfy those sweet cravings. It is creamy, decadent and so easy to make in the air fryer, oven or even the instant pot. Perfect to serve to the family or for entertaining!

Berry Bread pudding served in a white plate with fresh berries on the side
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Adapted from Air Fryer Revolution: 100 Crispy, Healthy, Fast & Fresh Recipes © 2019 by Urvashi Pitre. Photography © 2019 by Ghazalle Badiozamani. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

I first got the idea to make bread pudding from my friend Urvashi Pitre’s air fryer cookbook. In the cookbook, there is a wonderful Blueberry Cream Cheese Bread Pudding. So I used that recipe as a base to create this Mixed Berry Bread Pudding in the air fryer.

The cookbook is wonderful with 100 easy and delicious recipe to make in your air fryer. I loved that there are recipes from all over the world, including vegetables, chicken, seafood, and my very favorite desserts. When I had to pick one recipe to share on my blog, the decision to share this bread pudding was an easy one!

So back to this Very Berry Bread Pudding. Who does not love a dessert which can also be enjoyed as breakfast? 🙋‍♀️

This bread pudding is also very versatile, I used raspberry and blueberry. You can make it with any berries you have on hand or without any berries…maybe add banana to make it a banana bread pudding or make it an old-fashioned cinnamon bread pudding.

bread pudding with fresh berries in a square bowl

Ingredients

I used a 6×6 baking pan to make this bread pudding in the air fryer. The reason for the small pan so it fits in the air fryer, and also that we sometimes want to just make a little dessert to indulge, but not eat a lot of it for the whole week 😉

Brioche – Use a day old brioche and cut it into small cubes. You can also use challah or croissants in this recipe. A day old bread is better at soaking all that custard to make this dessert rich.

Eggs – I used 2 eggs when making this bread pudding in a 3-cup pan in the air fryer. Adjust the quantity based on how big your pan is. This is the key ingredients along with sugar and the half-and-half to make the custard.

Light Cream or Milk – I have tried this recipe with light cream and whole milk. They both work well.

Lemon Extract – I loved the use of lemon extract in this bread pudding. It compliments well with the berries and balances the flavors.

Berries – I used raspberries and blueberries. You can use either one or both along with strawberries or blackberries too.

ingredients such as eggs, berries, brioche and sugar to make pudding

How to make in the Air Fryer?

  • Grease a 6×6 baking pan and keep it aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cream, sugar and lemon extract. Whisk until they are well combined to make a custard.
  • Spread the cut brioche pieces in a single layer in the baking pan. Spread a handful of berries on the brioche.
  • Now add another layer of brioche and then spread more berries on it.
Brioche pieces and berries in a baking pan
  • Now pour the custard spreading it all over the brioche.
  • Press with a spatula, so that all the brioche is soaked in the custard. Keep aside for 10 minutes to let the custard soak in the brioche.
Pressing brioche and berries in a baking pan with a spatula so that they soak the custard
  • Now place the baking pan in the air fryer tray/basket.
Berry bread pudding in air fryer to be baked
  • Set the air fryer to 330F for 15-20 minutes, or until the custard is set in the middle. Insert a knife and check. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Note: If you use a deeper/larger baking pan, you might need to cook for longer about 30 minutes.

Bread pudding with berries in an air fryer basket
  • Sift some powdered sugar on the top for a wonderful look on the pudding.
  • Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup. This is completely optional, but we loved it.
Berry bread pudding in a baking pan with berries on the side and some flowers

How to make in the Instant Pot?

  • I used a 6-inch round baking tin to make bread pudding in the instant pot. You can use a baking pan as the one used in the air fryer in the instant pot too, basically any oven safe pan will work.
  • Follow the same steps as above to assemble the pudding in the baking pan. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, so the condensation does not go into the pudding.
  • Add 1.5 cups of water to the instant pot steel insert and place a trivet with handles (or use a long foil sling on a trivet). Put the covered baking pan on the trivet. Close Instant Pot with vent in sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook mode at high pressure for 30 mins. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then release the pressure manually.
  • Open the Instant Pot and carefully lift the trivet with the pan, and take it out.
  • Insert a knife to check if the pudding has cooked through. If it comes out sticky, pressure cook for an additional 5 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Sift sugar and enjoy with a drizzle of maple syrup!
a pan covered with foil in the instant pot

This is a perfect dessert for a little treat for two…maybe a valentines day breakfast, along with these fudgy brownies for dessert!

If you are making it for entertaining, you might want to double or triple the recipe in a large baking dish, baked in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.

Berry Bread pudding served in a white plate with fresh berries on the side

You can serve this pudding warm or cold. We prefer it warm with some fresh berries on the side. You can use the microwave or the air fryer to reheat it quickly.

4.87 from 15 votes

Very Berry Bread Pudding

This quick and easy Berry Bread Pudding is the best dessert (or breakfast) to satisfy those sweet cravings. It is creamy, decadent and so satisfying. Perfect to serve to the family or for entertaining!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup Light Cream, or Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tablespoon Sugar , granulated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Extract
  • 3 slices Brioche , cubed, or 2 croissants
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • Butter , to grease the pan
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar , to dust before serving
  • Maple syrup , or Agave syrup to drizzle when serving

Instructions 

  • Grease a 6×6 baking dish with butter. Cut the brioche into small cubes (9-12 cubes per slice)
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cream, sugar and lemon extract. Whisk until they are well combined to make a custard. Set aside.
  • Spread the cut brioche pieces in a single layer in the baking pan. Spread a handful of berries on the brioche.
  • Now add another layer of brioche and then spread more berries on it.
  • Now pour the custard spreading it all over the brioche.
  • Press with a spatula, so that all the brioche is soaked in the custard. Keep aside for 10 minutes to let the custard soak in the brioche.

Air Fryer Method

  • Now place the baking pan in the air fryer tray/basket. Set the air fryer to 330F for 15-20 minutes, or until the custard is set in the middle. Insert a knife and check. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Instant Pot Method

  • Follow the same steps as above. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, so the condensation does not go into the pudding.
  • Add 1.5 cups of water to the instant pot steel insert and place a trivet with handles (or use a long foil sling on a trivet). Put the covered baking pan on the trivet. Close Instant Pot with vent in sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook mode at high pressure for 30 mins. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then release the pressure manually.
  • Open the Instant Pot and carefully lift the trivet with the pan, and take it out.Insert a knife to check if the pudding has cooked through. If it comes out sticky, pressure cook for an additional 5 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • (Optional) For a crispy brown top, broil for 3-5 minutes until the top layer is lightly browned.

Oven Instructions

  • Bake for about 40-50 minutes at 350°F or until the center is set.

For Serving

  • Sift some powdered sugar on the top. Serve warm or cold with a drizzle of maple syrup or your favorite ice-cream. 

Notes

Brioche and options: Use a day old brioche and cut it into small cubes. You can also use challah or croissants in this recipe. A day old bread is better at soaking all that custard to make this dessert rich.
Light Cream or Milk: I have tried this recipe with light cream and whole milk. They both work well.
Berries: I used raspberries and blueberries. You can use either one or both along with strawberries or blackberries too.
Baking pan: if you use a deeper/larger baking pan, you might need to cook for longer about 30 minutes. 
Entertaining: If you are making it for entertaining, you might want to double or triple the recipe in a large baking dish, baked in the oven. 

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 496IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Nut-free
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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11 Comments

      1. Hi Rhonda, You don’t have to cover it with foil. However, if you notice it is browning too much on the top, cover it.

  1. Made in the Instant Pot. Flavors were good, but just a touch soggy. Next time I will use the suggestion of browning in the oven after removal from the IP. Otherwise, flavors are great and easy to assemble. Thanks!

  2. Hi Meeta, how long and what temperature should I bake it if I’m using a 6 inch round baking pan in the oven?
    Thank you!