Blueberry French Toast Bread Pudding with Smoky Bacon Highlights Winter Brunch

If the winter months seem long, and cabin fever is setting in, maybe it’s time to invite some friends over for a cozy winter brunch. Whether you sit around the kitchen table for a traditional breakfast, or relax in the den with finger food, the casual camaraderie is sure to warm your heart. In the South, we’re all about sharing food, so don’t hesitate to take your friends up on their offer to bring something.

No matter what the menu, topping it all off with this delectable Blueberry French Toast Bread Pudding with Smoky Bacon is sure to delight your guests. We’ve talked before about bread puddings made with biscuits, but this one is even easier. Begin by baking up muffins using a Martha White® Blueberry Flavored Muffin Mix. The muffins can be made in advance and placed in the freezer if you want to get a little head start.

Cut muffins into cubes and place in a baking pan or dish. The custard is rich with cream, eggs and flavored with brown sugar and maple syrup. Pour the prepared custard over the muffins and top with chopped toasted pecans. Bake and sprinkle with crumbled bacon and syrup. The sweet and savory flavors are so enticing everyone will be coming back for more.

Make Blueberry Muffins from Scratch or Take a Shortcut

On several blogs, we’ve talked about similar recipes – one made from scratch and one that gets a head start with a convenient muffin mix. The recipe you choose may be determined by your cooking skill or simply the amount of time you have that day.

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

Today I want to share with you a recipe for Homemade Blueberry Muffins. Although it requires measuring out a few ingredients, self-rising flour actually simplifies this recipe. If you happen to have fresh or frozen blueberries, you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

This recipe is made by the easy classic muffin method:

  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the dry ingredients are moistened

The batter will be slightly lumpy, but that’s OK. Overmixing makes the muffins tough.

Blueberry White Chocolate Macadamia Muffins

For our shortcut recipe, I’ve chosen the delicious Blueberry White Chocolate Macadamia Muffins. It’s simple – make the mix according to the package directions. Stir in white baking chips and salted macadamias. Bake muffins according to package directions.  Let cool completely and drizzle melted white chocolate over the muffin tops.

If you want to make muffins from scratch with white chocolate and macadamias, you may certainly add the chips and nuts to the scratch batter and drizzle with the topping as directed in the muffin mix recipe. With either recipe, you’ll have delicious muffins for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.