Blueberry-Challah Pandowdy

July 18, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

Blueberry pandowdy ditches pie pastry and takes a cue from bread pudding. To tear the challah, first cut into thick slices, then tear those into pieces with your hands.

Emma Laperruque

Food52 Review: This is one of our Big Little Recipes. Read more here: 5-Ingredient Blueberry Pandowdy Is (a Lot!) Easier Than Pie.The Editors

Makes: 9-inch pandowdy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min


For the blueberry filling

  • 4 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the challah topping

  • 3 cups torn challah pieces (see headnote)
  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
In This Recipe


  1. Position a rack in the top third of the oven. Preheat to 375° F.
  2. Combine the blueberry filling ingredients in a bowl. Toss with a spoon or by hand, smushing some of the berries to release their juices. Pour into a 9-inch pie pan.
  3. Combine the challah and cream in another bowl. Toss until all the bread pieces are coated. Distribute evenly on top of the blueberries. Sprinkle with sugar and salt.
  4. Bake for about about 35 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbly and jammy, and the top is deeply browned. Cool for a little while before serving. This helps the fruit set up a bit. To serve: Scoop into a shallow bowl and drizzle with cream.

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Reviews (6) Questions (0)

6 Reviews

SPark0101 September 23, 2018
I love the simplicity of this recipe, but it feels incomplete when made as is. While the end result was delicious, I plan to embellish the next time I try it and turn it into something more akin to bread pudding by adding egg and vanilla to the challah topping and dotting the top with knobs of butter to amp it up.
Author Comment
Emma L. September 30, 2018
Hi, those sound like great additions! Our Big Little Recipes column is all about as few ingredients as possible, which leaves a lot of room for people to add their own spin :)
Mary-Marshall July 25, 2018
This looks amazing! Do you have any suggestions for making it dairy free? Would cashew milk work here as a substitute for the cream?
Author Comment
Emma L. July 26, 2018
Hi! I'd try: 1) full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk or 2) homemade cashew milk so you can control the thickness (say, 1 cup cashews to 3 cups water for a super creamy consistency). If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!
Christine C. July 24, 2018
How do I print the recipe I don’t see a print symbol
Eric K. July 25, 2018
It's right next to the save button?