Black Cherry and Brioche Pudding Brulee

I am really getting anxious for summer to arrive so we can get some beautiful stone fruits in. I think stone fruits are my favorite fruits to bake with. Clafoutis, galettes, tarts, roasted, jams… Endless possibilities. But as they say, patience is a virtue and I think I still have a good couple of months before we start seeing sweet, juicy stone fruits in the markets.

A couple of weekends ago, I walked into Williams and Sonoma and found some sour cherries preserved in syrup. Score! They were quite expensive but these griottes are really worth every penny. So far, I have been eating them straight out of the jar but I must stop before I finish them all. I must get a few desserts out of this one jar! I had some brioche in the freezer so of course my first thought was to make bread pudding, and I did. This was my breakfast today. I couldn’t resist!

I sprinkled the tops with some demerara sugar and burnt it with my super dooper blow torch. It adds a little crunch to the otherwise creamy pudding.

Black Cherry and Brioche Pudding

1 cup organic whole milk
1 cup organic heavy cream
100 grams sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
4 eggs
2 small brioche
1/2 cup black cherries in syrup, drained

Whisk together the milk, cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract. Cut the brioche into medium size pieces and divide these with the drained cherries amongst your ramekins. Pour the custard on top of the brioche and cherries.

Place the ramekins on a sheetpan, bring this to the oven and pour hot water in the pan. Bake them in a 300 degree oven in a water bath for about 30 minutes or until the center is set.

Let them cool. Sprinkle demerara sugar on top and burn with a blow torch. Decorate with extra cherries on top. I had some creme anglaise left over from another baking project and I added a little bit of pistachio paste to serve alongside the pudding.

On another note, I might have a special guest blogger visit me tomorrow. I am so excited! I don’t want to reveal too much in case we cannot get to do it but for now, it seems like she will be at my house on Friday and that we will be baking and photographing together. I can’t wait!

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28 Responses to “Black Cherry and Brioche Pudding Brulee”

  1. nadia says:

    I would like this now, it sounds and looks lovely.

  2. Mobula says:

    Geniales!!!! No se si convertir tu blog en mi libro de repostería favorito. Me encanta todo lo que haces y lo peor de todo es que no puedo seguirte el ritmo. Nunca he probado las griottin, aquí es dificil encontrarlas pero ahora que dentro de poco empieza la temporada de cerezas, veré la manera de hacerlas en jarabe de manera casera para después pder usarlas . Tienes alguna receta???

    Respecto a tu visita del viernes….espero que nos sorprendas.



  3. linda says:

    Your so right about the stone fruits. And I’d love to have some sour cherries :) my parents had a tree in Croatia but unfortunately it died :( Have to go a search me a jar of preserved sour cherries.
    You dessert slash breakfast looks delicious! Love the brulee bit :)

  4. This looks delicious! Never thought to caramelize the top of a bread pudding. As for Friday…wish it were me! :) Have fun!

  5. mimi says:

    wow, this was your breakfast?? lucky gal! looks gorgeous and super delish!

  6. Ann says:

    Mmmm… looks so delicious! Have fun on Friday!

  7. Eileen says:

    They look lovely, Aran! I’m also anxiously awaiting stone fruit…


  8. Aran, can I call your dessert “all my favorite things in one ramekin”? I was just discussing with a friend yesterday, how I’d like to move country where they had good stone fruits, again. I suffer with a deep longing for juicy fragrant stone fruits, it’s painful. I’ll have to go on the hunt for good quality jarred cherries, as a substitute.

  9. Another winner dessert…or should I say breakfast! Boy do I wish I was visiting you Friday…what a treat that would be!

  10. Another winner dessert…or should I say breakfast! Boy do I wish I was visiting you Friday…what a treat that would be!

  11. I’ve been anxiously waiting for cherries as well. This looks like a fantastic dessert–I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the coming season.

  12. Astrid says:

    Aran, what a scrumptious-looking dessert! And what a coincidence: yesterday I bought some griottines at G. Detou in Paris (I’m visiting my folks). I wasn’t sure what I wanted them for, but now I’m inspired!

  13. Brilynn says:

    I can’t wait for cherry season to arrive, that looks wonderful!

  14. Veron says:

    These look wonderful as usual. Can’t wait to see who your guest blogger would be.

  15. Yumm, this sounds all kinds of delicious! Cherries + bread pudding + caramelized sugar = tastiness. Plus the blowtorch is one of my favorite kitchen tools:-)

  16. Tartelette says:

    I a hanging on to my last jar of griottes like they are a real treasure! This looks delicious! I know who the guest blogger is but I’ll keep my mouth shut, have fun!!

  17. RecipeGirl says:

    I’m going to William’s Sonoma tomorrow! Yummy stuff you’ve got there :)

  18. Hillary says:

    Omg cherries – now I’m anxious for summer too! This dessert looks absolutely YUMMY.

  19. I have been dying for some juicy peqches and this post just helped my craving intensify! This pregnant woman is craving peach bread!! :)

  20. Cakelaw says:

    When I saw the photograph of this dessert, all I could say was, “WOW!”

  21. Dang. I need a super duper blow torch. Those are amazing!

  22. MiKel says:

    como siempre recetas fantásticas… esta caerá fijo… pero seguro que cambio la cereza por otra cosa pq no me hace mucha gracia…
    gracias por la receta, bss


  23. Nan says:

    Oh my lord, does that look good! Black cherries take me back to cherry trees of my childhood :)

  24. Pilar says:

    Ya que puedo aprender poco de tus recetas, por perderme con el idioma, aprendo un montón de tus presentaciones. Tus fotos fantásticas como siempre. Un abrazo

  25. C.L. says:

    You have no idea how much I want this RIGHT NOW!!!!! How I wish I was the guest blogger! Maybe someday :)


  26. Cassandra says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog today… and this is the first recipe I’ve looked at, that you’ve made. What a wonderful pudding, and what beautiful pictures. Congratulations! I’ll certainly be a regular reader from now on, and as a first step, I’ll try this pudding as soon as I find some black cherries in syrup. Best wishes from London, Cassandra

  27. Kim says:

    Our summer hasn’t been too bad, but I also can’t wait for colder weather and a change in the seasons bounty. I am quite fond of cherries (the only one in my household) so will make this for myself.

  28. Véro L says:

    J’ai pu acheter ces cerises amarena chez G.Detou à vais tester votre recette!!
    merci pour toutes ces recettes.

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