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Old Fashion Bread Pudding Recipe

This delicious, sweet, and savory bread pudding topped with a creamy vanilla sauce is sure to be on the top of your comfort food list this Fall. Take this bread pudding up a notch, and add some bourbon to the vanilla sauce!

As the summer closes and the sun sets a little earlier each night, cravings for comfort food start creeping in. This bread pudding is sure to please with its rich and creamy vanilla sauce.

Bread pudding uses stale bread, eggs, milk, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. Always use hearty bread for bread pudding. Italian bread, French bread, Challah Bread, and even Raisin Bread work wonderfully. Check out my simple homemade Challah bread recipe linked below.

Challah Bread Recipe


What is bread pudding? Bread pudding is an old-fashioned dessert made with stale, cubed bread that is baked with a mixture of milk, sugar, and eggs (custard). What makes bread pudding so special and delicious is the warm, creamy, vanilla sauce poured over the top of the bread pudding when it's done baking. Bread pudding is not a traditional creamy pudding, it's more like french toast. Back in the day people were frugal and food didn't go to waste. In England, during the 11th and 12th centuries, bread pudding was known as poor man's pudding.

Why do I need stale bread for bread pudding?

Bread pudding was originally intended as a way to use up stale bread. By soaking the stale dry bread in a custard (milk and egg) the bread becomes moist by absorbing the liquid. The bread also absorbs the flavors of milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.

How to make bread stale for bread pudding?

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

Cube the bread into 1-2 inch cubes

Place the bread on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until the bread is dry.

You can also slice or cube the bread and leave it on the counter for a few hours.

Ingredients For Bread Pudding

6-7 slices of stale, hearty bread cubed

1 ½ cup of milk

½ cup of sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

½ cup of raisins

Ingredients For Vanilla Sauce

½ can of sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons of water or (bourbon) If you want a bourbon vanilla sauce, replace the water with bourbon.

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter

Instructions For Bread Pudding

1. Cube 6-7 slices of hearty bread.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan over low heat warm the milk, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Simmer until the butter is melted, and the sugar is dissolved. Set the mixture aside to cool.

3. Butter a small baking dish (9x9, 9x6, 8x8) and add the cubed bread. Add the eggs to the milk mixture and whisk well to combine. Add the raisins (optional) to the milk mixture and pour the mixture over the bread. Allow the bread to soak in the milk for 20 minutes.

4. Bake for 35-45 minutes. The custard should be set but not dry, and the edges of the pudding should be a nice golden brown.

Instructions For Vanilla Sauce

Add the sweetened condensed milk, butter, and water (or bourbon) to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the butter melts and is combined. About 4-5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the vanilla.

Pour this delicious vanilla sauce over the bread pudding and enjoy!

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