Sweet Roll Bread Pudding

Here's a new entertaining hack: Instead of cubing and toasting brioche for bread pudding, simply hollow out sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls and fill them with custard. Topped with juicy berries after baking, they're a surefire summer dessert.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 10 min (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 24 servings
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Ingredients

Bread Pudding:

Nonstick cooking spray, for the baking dish

24 Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1/4 cup turbinado sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

5 large eggs plus 5 yolks

Pinch of kosher salt

Berries and Cream:

7 ounces strawberries (about 6 medium), sliced

1/2 pint blueberries 

1/2 pint blackberries 

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. For the bread pudding: Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; put the rolls in the dish. Use a sharp paring knife to cut a circle out of the top of each roll, leaving an 1/8-inch border around the edges and going down into each roll as far as possible without cutting through the bottom. Use the end of a wooden spoon handle to push the circles down into the rolls to create a large hole in the middle of each. Brush the tops of the rolls with 2 tablespoons of the cream and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  2. Whisk together the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, whole eggs and yolks, remaining 1 1/2 cups cream and salt in a large bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the custard and refrigerate. Pour the remaining custard in the holes in the rolls. Refrigerate until most of the custard has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  4. Pour the reserved custard into the holes so it pools. Bake until the custard is cooked through and the tops of the rolls are golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes. 
  5. For the berries and cream: Meanwhile, put the strawberries, blueberries and blackberries into 3 separate medium bowls. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice to each bowl and stir to combine. Let sit until liquid is released and the berries are softened and glistening, about 1 hour. 
  6. Whisk the heavy cream and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a medium bowl until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use. 
  7. Spoon the berries into the holes in the rolls, filling each hole with a different kind of berry and working in diagonal rows to create a checkerboard pattern. Serve 1 roll on each plate with a dollop of whipped cream. 
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