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White Chocolate Nordstrom Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding: it’s the most-asked-for recipe here on the blog and the most popular dessert at Nordstrom Cafe Bistro. There’s a reason for that—it’s pretty incredible. While baking, the pudding filled my kitchen with the smell of French toast, and the half-exposed bread on top developed a light crust, which added a nice textural contrast to the silky interior. The orange zest gives the raspberry sauce a tasty hint of citrus, while the white chocolate cream sauce takes the whole decadent dish to a very special place. And (bonus!) it can be made ahead of time. White chocolate and raspberries are a winning combination, and this is a perfect recipe for celebrating Mother’s Day—or any time you need a ridiculously good dessert.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding
(Serves 12)

From our Friends and Family Cookbook: “No matter how well you have dined, or how much you have eaten, there is always room for a special treat. It’s a perfect dessert for entertaining because most of the work can be done in advance. The pudding is baked twice; before it goes into the oven a second time, it is brushed with butter so it develops a crisp yet delicate exterior and a smooth, velvety and seductive interior. We always serve this dessert with White Chocolate Sauce, Raspberry Sauce, fresh raspberries and delicate ribbons of shaved white chocolate. Yummm.”

Ingredients
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 cups heavy (whipping) cream
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups (about 1 1/3 pounds) white chocolate morsels
6 large whole eggs, plus 12 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 24-inch loaf day-old French bread, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

Prepared baking pan, buttered; photo by Jeff Powell.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a 9-by-12-by-2-inch baking pan with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

In a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk and sugar and heat until just hot. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate morsels and stir until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

In a large bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Whisking constantly, gradually drizzle the warm cream mixture into the eggs, continuing to whisk until smooth and well blended. (If the cream mixture is too hot, the eggs will curdle.)

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

Lay half of the bread slices in the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour half of the cream mixture over the bread and allow it to absorb the liquid, about 5 minutes. Layer the remaining bread on top and pour the rest of the cream mixture over it. Press down on the bread, making certain it completely absorbs the liquid. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

Bake the pudding for 1 hour. Uncover and continue to bake until the liquid at the center has evaporated and the pudding is golden brown, about 30 minutes longer. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

When the bread pudding is cool, cover and refrigerate until cold. Run a sharp knife between the edges of the bread pudding and sides of the pan to loosen. Invert the pan onto the cutting board and tap the bottom to release. Peel off the parchment paper, and trim off the crusty edges around the sides. Cut into six 2-by-3-inch rectangles and then cut each rectangle in half on an angle to form 2 triangles. Wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Raspberry Sauce with Orange Zest. White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

Raspberry Sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen raspberries

Raspberry Sauce with Orange Zest. White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.Raspberry Sauce with Orange Zest. White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

To make the Raspberry Sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, sugar and orange zest. Stirring frequently, cook until the mixture is thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Add raspberries, remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Then, using the back of a spoon, force the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove the seeds. Set aside until ready to serve.

White Chocolate Sauce. White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

White Chocolate Sauce
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 cup white chocolate morsels

White Chocolate Sauce. White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

To make the White Chocolate Sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the cream until hot. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate morsels. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and the sauce is smooth. Keep warm.

Garnish
1 pint fresh raspberries
4-ounce chunk white chocolate

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

To finish and assemble the dessert, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a rimmed baking sheet and place the bread pudding triangles on it, leaving space between the pieces. Brush the triangles with the remaining melted butter. Bake the triangles until heated through and lightly browned, about 12 minutes.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

For each serving, stand a hot bread pudding triangle on its side in the center of a large dessert plate. Run a stripe of White Chocolate Sauce across the plate, including the top of the pudding. Pool some of the Raspberry Sauce at the opposite edges of the plate. Garnish with raspberries and with ribbons of white chocolate cut from the chunk with a vegetable peeler.

Nordstrom White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

Download this White Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe to print, and find more recipes to try in our What’s Cooking series and Nordstrom Cookbooks. Have a favorite dish or beverage from our restaurants or cookbooks that you’d like to see featured? Let us know in the comments!

Jeff Powell

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

  • Leigh Amos May 29, 2017, 1:03 pm

    My daughter Jessica has worked at Barton Creek over 7 years and this is my favorite dish to share with her on her lunch break. Austin has many great restaurants but not one dish comes close to perfection like Nordstrom’s White Chocolate Bread Pudding. I don’t see the whipped cream in the picture but it compketes the dish!!!

  • Coco March 29, 2017, 8:18 pm

    So happy to have found this recipe. I grew up in Los Angeles and have moved to rural Oregon where the closest Nordstrom is 4.5 hours away and doesn’t have the same menu as my home store! My best friend and I have been indulging in this dessert for years. Through first dates, boyfriends, and husbands- heartbreaks and triumphs. Despite how full we are after our entrees we ALWAYS share a bread pudding. Thank you for facilitating our best moments together! Nordstrom bread pudding is our Golden Girls cheesecake. Xoxo

  • Steve Spencer December 11, 2016, 6:09 pm

    I’ve shamelessly used this dessert as a lure to get my girls to wrap up their shopping. Conversations over bread pudding from the Bistro have covered final exams, angst with biys, general teenage girl drama, & many other topics. The white chocolate bread pudding is truly an ingredient for making memories.

    It seems a lot of your comments are from guests of the Bistro in Austin. Me too! I’ve now made this recipe a few times, but the very first time was made easier by a couple of tips from the kitchen staff in Austin. They were all eager to help. The review from my daughters? “Nailed it, Daddy!” This is our all-time favorite dessert anywhere in the world.

    I just discovered this blog because I have a cousin who is a chef. She’s been hounding me for the recipe ever since I mentioned this dish. I sent her the link to this page, & your pdf. Thank you, Nordstrom!

  • Diana November 21, 2016, 1:27 pm

    Favorite dessert ever!! Could you let us know which brand of bread and white chocolate you use? I find that could make a difference with a recipe. Also, so sad your chicken sandwich with goat cheese changed and now is a panini. I will forever be sad! I would love this recipe including the balsamic glaze if it is at all possible. Thanks for the pudding recipe 😀

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor June 27, 2016, 1:13 pm

    Hello Holly, you can definitely make this recipe ahead of time! Just follow the steps up until you wrap and refrigerate the triangles of bread pudding (wrapped well, they can last a few days). We would recommend making the white chocolate sauce just before serving as you’re baking the triangles. Here’s a PDF of the recipe for easy printing. Enjoy!

  • Holly June 27, 2016, 11:37 am

    Is this a recipe that you could make ahead of time and assemble for guests or is it best made and eaten immediately? Thanks.

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor February 21, 2016, 10:03 pm

    Deb, thank you! I felt exactly the same way…I never was much in love with the texture, until I tried this recipe. Glad to discover another fan!

  • Deb February 20, 2016, 6:15 pm

    Love , love, love Nordstrom White chocolate bread pudding! I was never a big fan of bread pudding, but this one is more like a cake and is so yummy! I visit Barton creek mall in Austin and it’s always a must

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor February 14, 2016, 2:53 pm

    Hi Carol, the crusts are surprisingly tender while still providing a nice bit of texture. If you’re prefer for aesthetic reasons to trim them, you certainly could, though they’re perfectly delicious when kept on. Enjoy!

  • Carol February 13, 2016, 8:46 am

    What about trimming crusts off bread at beginning of prep?

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor January 25, 2016, 3:17 pm

    Thank you, Robert. We hope to see you at our Austin Cafe again soon!

  • Robert January 23, 2016, 1:15 pm

    Best desert in the world!
    We go to the Cafe in Barton Crerk mall in Austin,
    It never disappoints:)

    Robert

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor January 18, 2016, 12:01 pm

    Jennifer, that sounds very disappointing. We certainly try to get things right more than one out of five times. We hope that one day we’ll have the opportunity to serve you better. If you’d like to email us with more details about your experience, please do. We value all types of feedback.

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor January 18, 2016, 11:43 am

    We love reading such wonderful memories. Thank you for commenting RHiNO. I hope you and your friends make even more great memories while sharing your homemade dessert!

  • Jennifer January 17, 2016, 7:15 pm

    I’ve got the bread pudding once there and it was great I’ve got it 4 times to go and its been burnt every time I will no longer be eatting with this restaurant.

  • RHiNO January 16, 2016, 11:44 am

    One of my best memories is stopping at the Bistro cafe here in Salt Lake at Nordstrom’s and having this dessert while chatting with my mother. This is one of those desserts that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it. I am so glad you put this recipe on here. I am making it for friends tonight.

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor December 18, 2015, 12:40 pm

    Thank you, Twana! It seems a little counter intuitive, but you definitely want to use a good, crusty French bread from your favorite bakery, and make sure you leave it out overnight. You want the French bread to loose a bit of its moisture, so it can soak up (and stand up to) the wet custard liquid. Once baked, you’ll have a result that’s just a little crisp on the edges and soft with just a bit of nice texture on the inside. I hope your family enjoys the special treat!

  • Twana Espree December 18, 2015, 8:13 am

    This is one of my all-time favorites!!! I have your cookbook with the recipe, but this post is awesome!!! I will attempt to make it for christmas for the family as a special treat!!! My question is about the bread. French bread seems hard and the crusty. Is this the best bread to use? I don’t mind searching for the best bread….I want it to be perfect just like yours!!!

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor December 15, 2015, 7:39 pm

    Hi Nikki, great question! Our chefs developed this recipe specifically for white chocolate–including the sauce–but, if you prefer, you could certainly make a chocolate ganache. Just keep in mind that white chocolate can be runnier than some other types of chocolate when melted, so you may have to adjust the level of heavy cream to compensate. Just heat a little extra and reserve it on the side once you’ve added your chocolate and stirred. If it’s too thick, stir in some of the reserved, warm cream.

  • Nikki December 14, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Instead of adding white chocolate, would regular chocolate work in the cream mixture?

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor October 6, 2015, 9:54 am

    Our pleasure, Zaida. Enjoy!

  • zaida zamot October 6, 2015, 8:23 am

    Delicious. Thank you.

  • Jeff Powell, Blogs Editor May 4, 2015, 11:15 am

    Thank you, Andrea! 😉

  • Andrea May 4, 2015, 8:41 am

    Love this! Nice job Jeff!

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