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Homemade bread pudding topped with powdered sugar on a white plate
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5 from 3 votes

Bread Pudding

This homemade comforting bread pudding recipe is so delicious. You can make it a sweet bread pudding or savory one with just a few adjustments. It is so easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Desserts
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: easy, moist, savory, sweet
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • 8x11 pan or dish
  • Knife

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk 3 if using more bread (500 to 750mL)
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter 30g
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5mL
  • 1/3 cup of white granulated sugar 70g
  • 1/8 tsp. or pinch of salt less then 1g
  • 1 lb or about 6 cups of cubed bread Challah, Brioche, etc. Any bread will work
  • 3 eggs 4 if using more bread

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F/176 C. Heat the milk in the microwave or on the stovetop until it is very warm, not super hot. Melt the butter as well and whisk those two together. You can just warm them both on the stovetop too.
  • Add in the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. If you are making it a savory dish, leave out the sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, grease an 8x11 or 9x13 inch pan with butter or shortening, or spray it with cooking spray.
    Cut up your bread into chunks that are 1 to 2 inches in size. If you like the chunks big make them big. 1 to 1.5 inches is perfect.
  • Add the bread chunks/cubes to the baking dish. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and then combine them with the other warm liquid after it has cooled a bit. If the liquid is too hot it will cook the eggs. This is the custard base.
  • Pour the custard all over the bread in the baking dish. Alternatively, add the bread to a large bowl and pour the liquid over it there, and stir it all together so it gets coated evenly. Either way works.
  • Bake the bread pudding for 30 to 45 minutes until the top is nice and golden brown. Check it after 25 minutes if the tips of the bread are getting too brown loosely cover the bread pudding with aluminum foil and continue baking.
  • Once out of the oven allow it to cool before serving. Top it with powdered sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit, ice cream, etc. Enjoy!

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Notes

  1. If you would like to make this savory you can also add browned sausage with the bread. 
  2. Some people like to top their sweet bread pudding with raisins as well when baking it. 
  3. Stale bread works really well for this because the dry bread soaks up the custard, like a sponge. But some people prefer using fresh bread. It is up to you!
List of nutritional facts for bread pudding