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Brûlée’d Orange & Rum Mascarpone Bread Pudding

A delicious way to use up that winter citrus. Brûlée’d Orange & Rum Mascarpone Bread Pudding is light, fluffy and so easy to make!
Course Dessert
Keyword Citrus, Mascarpone, Rum
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Leona G.


  • 8 inch square pan
  • 4 qt saucepan
  • Mixing Bowls


  • ¾ large brioche bread loaf cut into ¼-½ inch thick slices
  • cups milk
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • ½ cup mascarpone
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbs rum light or dark
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice about 1 orange
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs sugar for topping


  • Arrange the brioche slices into a buttered 9 inch square pan. 
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk, butter and orange zest on a low flame, just until the butter melts. Turn the heat off and add in your mascarpone. Stirring until it melts down. 
  • Meanwhile, in another bowl add your sugar, eggs, vanilla, rum and orange juice. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Slowly add the cooled milk mixture into the egg mixture. Once that’s well combined, add in the salt and stir.
  • Pour the custard over the bread and allow it to sit for 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 350.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and then remove it from the oven and sprinkle sugar evenly on top. Turn your oven on to broil and pop it back in for another 2-3 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on it as it can burn easily. You just want to melt the sugar down. It is best served warm. Serve this with ice cream or dessert sauce of your choice. Enjoy! 


  • Brioche bread is my favorite to use when making bread pudding. The texture is light and fluffy. Challah bread works wonderful too!
  • Keep your eye on the bread pudding while broiling and check very often as it can burn easily.
  • You can totally skip the Brûlée’d part if you'd like.
  • Once the custard is poured over the brioche, it's important to allow all that liquid to absorb into the bread before baking.
  • You can use light or dark rum for this recipe.