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Around 1:00 am every Tuesday is the highlight of my week.  A delivery truck pulls up in front of my house, and a nice young man walks a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, and a French baguette to my doorstep.

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The S.O. and I signed up for Boise Milk home delivery service last summer, and love receiving our weekly order.  For the first few weeks of our service, we waited up for the milkman like children waiting for Santa Claus.  Although we’re usually asleep by the time the milkman arrives these days, the novelty still has not worn off.

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Milk, eggs, and bread are my standing order.  But some weeks, we just can’t make our way through all of it.  So in an effort to minimize our food waste, I’ve taken to turning our leftover Boise Milk order into bread pudding.

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I love using French bread or baguette for bread pudding — the crumb is light and airy, resulting in a truly pudding-like consistency.  Add some lavender, and this bread pudding turns in to a delight fit for an afternoon spent romping through the endless Provençal lavender fields.  And I love buttermilk and honey in this pudding, as they bring a fullness of flavor, combining creamy, tart, and a demure sweetness.

As I was enjoying this bread pudding, its charm and delightfulness just made me smile.  I sat back and relished spring, as I hope you will when you try this recipe!

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Lavender, Honey, and Buttermilk Bread Pudding

Makes 6-8 servings | Cook time 3 hours (2 hr 45 min inactive)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp culinary lavender buds, crushed
  • 8-10 slices day-old French bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 3/4 C honey
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • butter for dish

Directions

  1. Combine melted butter with lavender, and let steep for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Cut bread into 1″ cubes.  Set aside.
  3. Combine eggs, buttermilk, milk, honey, sugar, and butter-lavender mixture.  Stir to combine, then pour over cubed bread.  Toss to coat bread in mixture.  Set aside to let flavors come together for 60 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a baking dish.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, then bake for 40-45 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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