Cranberry Orange Croissant Bread Pudding

baked and garnished bread pudding in pan with ingredients surrounding it

This Cranberry Orange Croissant Bread Pudding is the ultimate holiday brunch meal! Loaded with flaky, buttery pieces of croissant bread, fresh tart cranberries and orange zest, it’s rich, fresh and the perfect pairing with a cup of coffee! 

This post is sponsored by Sprouts. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that I love and believe in!

Can you guys believe we are only a few short weeks away from Thanksgiving? Like seriously….how did this year fly by so quickly?! 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s so nice to be able to gather with family, eat delicious food, wear stretchy pants, and the best part? You don’t have to worry about giving gifts! It’s all about time spent – which is my biggest love language (aside from food hehe!) 

However, I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes I feel like I’m waiting *all* day to eat this delicious Thanksgiving dinner but not having much to eat leading up to it because everyone is so focused on making said dinner. 

But ya girl needs a breakfast to hold me over for a while on Thanksgiving day. Specifically something ultra delicious. Enter in this Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding! 

Why You’ll Love This Dish: 

First and foremost, with all of the other dishes you might be juggling for your dinner menu, the last thing you need is an intricate and difficult breakfast. 

So you’ll be glad to know how SIMPLE and EASY this bread pudding is to whip up! 

The main and star ingredient is the brand new Sprouts Croissant Bread! 

overhead shot of croissant bread pudding ingredients

Sometimes I can get into a grocery “rut” and simply just pick up the same ingredients each week to make the same dish. That’s why I love Sprouts – I always find something brand new and exciting when I go there to help get me out of the rut. 

And boy oh boy did this croissant bread deliver! As someone who has had a fresh croissant in Paris, this bread exceeded my expectations. Each delicious loaf is made with REAL BUTTER resulting in layer upon layer of flaky, buttery and decadent goodness in each bite. 

The rest is so so simple – only a few steps stand between you and a delightful bread pudding. I love how the top gets perfectly golden while the inside of the pudding is SO moist, decadent and melt in your mouth. 

sprinkling powdered sugar on top of baked bread pudding

It’s not overly sweet, just the right amount of richness is combined with the buttery bread, the tartness of the cranberries and the small amount of added sugar. 

The perfect pairing for a cozy Thanksgiving morning watching the parade on TV, sipping on a creamy cup of coffee and just enjoying the morning before the chaos of the holiday ensues. 

close up of 1/4 of the baked and garnished pan of bread pudding

So let’s get into what you need to make it! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Sprouts croissant bread
  • Heavy whipping cream  
  • Whole milk 
  • Eggs 
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Fresh cranberries 
  • Orange zest 
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Softened butter

Tips to Make the Best Bread Pudding: 

Like I said above, this is such a simple recipe. 

To begin with, you just whip up a quick custard mix in a large bowl – it needs to be large so it can fit both the custard AND the bread. 

Speaking of the croissant bread, tear up that delicious croissant bread (and try not to eat a lot as you go like I did ;)) and let the bread soak in the custard mixture for extra goodness. 

custard with bread and cranberries soaking in glass bowl

Fold in the fresh cranberries and orange zest – hello flavor! I love how the fruit adds such an incredible freshness to the dish.

And then – for the most delicious extra buttery touch, I added some butter to the bottom of the baking dish. Add in the mixture  and then bake it up to deliciousness! 

before and after baked bread pudding in pan

You don’t want to overbake this bread pudding – you want to bake it up until the top is golden and the middle has just set. 

This will ensure that the middle still has a delicious moistness that melts in your mouth.

drizzling syrup over top of sliced piece of bread pudding

Once it’s baked, feel free to top it with either powdered sugar like I did or if you want a little extra cozy sweetness, a splash of maple syrup is always the move! 

However you eat it, enjoy each bite! 

Storing Leftovers: 

To store leftovers, wrap the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and keep in the fridge for 2 days. You can also put it in a tightly sealed tupperware dish in the fridge. 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Bacon Egg and Cheese Strata

Ricotta French Toast 

French Toast Breakfast Board 

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Cranberry Orange Croissant Bread Pudding

This Cranberry Orange Croissant Bread Pudding is the ultimate holiday brunch meal! Loaded with flaky, buttery pieces of croissant bread, fresh tart cranberries and orange zest, it’s rich, fresh and the perfect pairing with a cup of coffee! 

Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword bread pudding, cranberry orange bread pudding, croissant bread pudding
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


  • 15 oz loaf Sprouts croissant bread, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream  
  • 2 cups whole milk 
  • 5 eggs 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1-2 tsp orange zest 
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • Powdered sugar to top 
  • Maple syrup to serve with (optional) 


  1. Carefully tear croissant bread into 1 inch cubes.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sugar, freshly squeezed orange juice, and 1 tsp orange zest together. 

  3. Whisk until fully combined. Add bread pieces to the bowl and make sure they are soaking up the custard mixture.

  4. Add in the fresh cranberries and fold those in carefully as well. Let this sit for about 25-30 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  6. Add 2 tbsp softened butter to the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish and spread out to grease the pan. Add in bread pudding mixture. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the bread has just set in the middle. 

  7. Top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or maple syrup. Garnish with the remaining 1 tsp orange zest as well. Enjoy!

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