Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a staple in the American lunchbox, but with this recipe you can enjoy the same flavors in a rich, satisfying bread pudding. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, just go ahead and eat this dessert as your lunch.

When I was first creating this recipe, I thought about doing a peanut butter and jelly cake, but it kept getting too complicated. This bread pudding is so simple and easy that it makes the cake idea look silly.

As a personal side note, I could eat the peanut butter sauce straight, so make sure to make a little extra to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter Sauce

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:8 servings
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup milk mixture from above
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream
Photo by Beth LeValley
Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 1

Save about 1/3 cup of the milk mixture from the bread pudding recipe.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 2

Add sugar, peanut butter and heavy cream. Whisk until thick and boiling, then cool.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread Pudding

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:8 servings
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jelly
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
  • 8 brioche buns
Photo by Beth LeValley
Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 1

Heat milk, sugar, peanut butter, salt and butter in a small saucepan. Whisk until peanut butter and butter are melted.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 2

In a separate bowl, mix diced strawberries and jelly.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 3

Cut brioche buns in 2-inch cubes. Fill half of the pan with the cubes. #spoontip: Brioche is pretty hard to find, so if you can’t find it, just use thick stale bread instead.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 4

Drizzle strawberry mixture on top of the bread cubes.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 5

Add another layer of bread cubes and the strawberry mixture.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 6

Pour most of the peanut butter milk mixture on top of the bread and strawberries. Save some of the milk mixture for the peanut butter sauce below.

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Photo by Beth LeValley

Step 7

Bake for 30 minutes. Drizzle the peanut butter sauce on top and add a cut strawberry for garnish.

Photo by Beth LeValley
Photo by Beth LeValley