Bread and Pudding – Yes, this is a pudding that is made out of stale bread and various flavorings.
A bread-based delicacy called bread pudding is a global favorite. It is typically made using milk or cream, stale bread, and a type of fat like oil, butter, or suet. Depending on whether the pudding is sweet or savory, additional ingredients may also be included.
Sweet bread puddings can be made with sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit, nuts, and spices like vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, or mace. The bread is combined with the other ingredients, soaked in the liquids, and then baked.
It’s a dish that combines stale, old bread with a creamy custard made of ingredients like sugar, butter, milk, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla, then bakes everything together. While the center has a smooth, custard-like texture, the borders may be slightly crunchy.
When paired with a fresh fruit compote, it creates a fantastic breakfast dish. For a significantly more indulgent result, add a few chocolate chips before baking.
For Christmas, Mardi Gras, or any special meal, this New Orleans dessert is a staple.
Ingredient for the bread pudding recipe
- 6 slices stale bread french bread, buns
- 3 Tablespoons of butter
- ½ cup raisins (Optional)
- 4 Beaten Eggs
- 2 cups Milk
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup sugar
- Pinch salt
Instructions for bread pudding
- Heat oven to 350 degrees, and use 1 Tablespoon of butter to coat the inside of your 8 in. square baking dish.
- Trim the edges of the bread slices, butter the slices on both sides, and cut them into two triangular pieces.
- Place bread pieces into an 8-inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter over the bread and sprinkle raisins over top.
- In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, salt, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.
- Pour the mixture over the buttered slices or you can lightly push down with a fork until all bread is covered and soaking up the liquid.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top of the bread pudding springs back after lightly touching it with a fork.
Serve hot or cold as desired.
What to Serve with Bread Pudding?
- Sweetened Banana
- Air Fryer Apple Chips
- Vanilla Ice cream
- Mixed Berry Salad
- Homemade Whipped Cream
- Candied Walnut
Bread pudding is best served right away after it’s finished baking. However, leftovers can be kept for up to 5 days refrigerated and can be reheated in the microwave.
To reheat, warm individual portions in 1-minute bursts in the microwave until warmed through. The sauce can be drizzled over top and reheated along with the individual slice.
We do not recommend freezing bread pudding.
Tips and variations
- For checking if the bread pudding is baled properly or not insert a clean knife into the center and see if it comes out clean!
- You can enjoy bread pudding cold or warm, but if you prefer it warm after freezing/thawing, gently warm it to reheat.
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