Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is a simple, easy dessert made with fluffy white bread and simple, everyday ingredients. It’s an old-fashioned recipe that your whole family will love.

Ooey, gooey warm bread pudding is a classic dessert recipe! Just like our famous peach cobbler, this recipe is served warm and is especially delicious with ice cream and caramel syrup

Bread pudding with caramel sauce on plate

Easy Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is such a comforting, cozy dessert. It has a delicious hint of cinnamon and creamy flavor. You can add in raisins or chopped pecans – but I like it best served with a drizzle of caramel sauce and ice cream.

It’s similar to French toast casserole, only it’s creamier, sweeter, and a little gooier – which makes it perfect for dessert.

What is bread pudding? Bread pudding is an old-fashioned dessert made from cubes of day-old bread. The bread gets soaked in a simple custard mixture made from eggs, milk, sugar, and a little cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s then baked in a big roasting pan until the top is golden and the middle is still slightly gooey.

It tastes warm, cozy, and completely addicting. And it’s definitely proof that you don’t need fancy ingredients or equipment to make a super tasty dessert.

Step by step photos of how to make bread pudding.

How to Make Bread Pudding

This recipe seriously couldn’t be easier to make.

  • I like to start with slightly stale, white fluffy bread. When the bread is a little stale I find it holds up to an extra soaking of the custard mixture. Any kind of thick cut, white bread works well – I typically opt for brioche or challah bread. Slice the bread into cubes, then place in a greased 9×13 inch casserole pan.
  • To make the custard-like sauce, whisk 6 large eggs. Then whisk in 1 cup sugar, 4 cups whole milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. I like to use whole milk because it makes it extra creamy & delicious.
  • Then pour the egg mixture over top of the bread, giving it a stir as necessary so that all bread is coated. At this point, you can also toss in 1/2 cup raisins or 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  • Let the pudding sit for 20 minutes before baking. This allows the bread to soak up all the milk.
  • Then bake the mixture in your preheated oven at 350F for 40-45 minutes. I like to bake it for the first 20 minutes with the pan covered with aluminum foil, then uncovered for the last 20 minutes so that the top doesn’t get too brown.

Can you make bread pudding ahead of time? You can prepare the pudding in advance (up to 12 hours before enjoying). Cover the pan with aluminum foil, and place in the fridge. Then when you’re ready to enjoy – pop it in the preheated oven.

How to make THE sauce:

To make things easier, we typically serve bread pudding with caramel syrup and ice cream, but you can also make a homemade bread pudding sauce.

Our favorite is a vanilla sauce that is made by whisking together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 1/4 cups milk, and 1 tablespoon vanilla in a pot. You will cook this for about 10 minutes, whisking the whole time.

The sauce will thicken up and be delicious poured over this bread pudding.

Bread pudding recipe with caramel sauce and ice cream

STORING, REHEATING + FREEZING

How to store/reheat bread pudding? Place in an air-tight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. Be sure to cover well since it’s typically already dry and you don’t want it to dry out even more.

You can reheat in the oven or microwave, but be sure it reaches an internal temp of 165. If you want the top crisp, we recommend broiling for the last minute.

How to freeze bread pudding? Cover tightly and place in fridge for 3-4 months. Be sure to let it thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating. If it’s lost too much moisture we recommend adding a bit of caramel sauce or heavy cream before reheating.

Easy bread pudding recipe on plate

This bread pudding is so delicious as a simple dessert recipe, or an extra decadent breakfast. It proves that you only need a few everyday ingredients to make a delicious treat, and everyone always wants a second helping!

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Bread Pudding Recipe

5 from 14 votes
Bread pudding is a simple, easy dessert made with fluffy white bread and simple, everyday ingredients. It's an old-fashioned recipe that your whole family will love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 308 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf white bread I typically use an 18 oz loaf
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • butter for greasing the pan

Instructions

  1. Grease a 3-quart (9x13 inch) casserole pan.

  2. Cut the bread into cubes and place in the greased pan.

  3. In a very large bowl, whisk the eggs.

  4. Then whisk in the sugar, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, & nutmeg. 

  5. Pour the egg mixture over top of the bread, tossing the bread as necessary so that it's all covered in the egg mixture.

  6. Allow the pudding to sit for 20 minutes so that the bread soaks up the egg mixture. As you wait, preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil and continue baking for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

  8. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into pieces and serving. 

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Recipe Notes

*Store leftovers covered in the fridge. Bread pudding is best served warm. You can either warm it up in the microwave or preheat the oven to 350F and bake covered for 10 minutes to warm it up. 

Author

Fiona Dowling

My name’s Fiona and I love to bake and blog. I share homemade, from scratch, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Nothing better than homemade bread pudding. So taSty and not hard to put together. Its one of my husbands favorite desserts.

  2. 5 stars
    I did not know how much I would like this, but I’ve got to say..it was so good!! I loved the flavor & it wasn’t hard to make!

  3. 5 stars
    I have to admit the name “bread pudding” never appealed to me, but once i actually gave your recipe a try (the Photos looked delicious) i was glad i did!

  4. 5 stars
    This is delicious. i think in days long past, women invented this recipe to use up stale bread that they had no matter what kind. i’ve made bread pudding with every kind of bread thrown in you can think of and it has always come out great. i’ve eve thrown in dried out donuts and cinnamon rolls. they only enhance the flavor. bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts. marie

  5. 5 stars
    This is my mother in law’s favorite dessert. I can’t wait to impress her with this the next time she comes over for dinner. Thank you!!