BREAD PUDDING RECIPE: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe – This is the BEST bread pudding, and resembles the old-fashioned recipe we all love! It’s basic, and uses everyday ingredients!
Bread Pudding Recipe
When I walked into my kitchen this morning, I grabbed my loaf of bread to make an egg sandwich for breakfast.
But to my dismay, the bread was a little stale. Yuck! So, I thought about throwing it in the trash, but I hated to waste it. Then I thought about throwing it outside for the birds, but I remembered the last time I did that…
The bread sat out there for DAYS, because nothing ate it, and it just got embarrassing when people would come over. I’d have to explain why there were 50 pieces of bread serving as yard ornaments.
Easy Bread Pudding Recipe:
So, I began searching for an easy bread pudding recipe, that didn’t require a lot of funky ingredients, because I was NOT putting my toddler in the car and going to the grocery store. Heck no!
I found a few good recipes for bread pudding, but they all had something that didn’t tickle my fancy. So… I gathered all of the recipes up and came up with my own plan.
Easy, Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
I love this recipe, because it only includes items I usually have on hand, resembles the old-fashioned recipe that we’ve all known to love, and I had it all put together and in the oven in a matter of minutes. It turned out to be the best bread pudding recipe I’ve ever had.
Recipe for Bread Pudding Below:
You can find the full recipe below with ingredients, measurements, and directions, but I love sharing step by step images to help walk you through in case you like photos like I do!
Break the Bread
You’ll start by buttering your 8×8 baking dish, and breaking up the bread into large chunks. (Or if you have stale donuts, you may want to make this donut bread pudding recipe!)
Toss the bread into the buttered dish and set aside.
Bread Pudding Batter Mixture
Next, in a bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
I use my flat whisk for this and it makes things super easy!
(My flat whisk could quite possibly be my favorite kitchen tool in the whole wide world. I use it to whisk eggs together in this recipe, or for scrambled eggs, or even if I have a powdered mixture that needs mixed. It mixes it so well! You can see this must-have kitchen tool, along with every other “Must-Have,” kitchen tool in my post: My Favorite Kitchen Tools )
Next, simply pour the egg mixture over the bread pieces and make sure each piece has been covered or submerged!
Oh my… doesn’t that photo of the egg mixture just make you drool!? It does me, every stinking time I look at it.
How Long do You Bake Bread Pudding?
Toss that baby in the oven and let it bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes at 350º.
Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
That golden brown bread pudding will remind you of grandma’s old-fashioned recipe as soon as you pull it out of the oven.
Serve it warm alone, with ice cream, or top it with the super easy bread pudding sauce that I tell you about below…
How to Make Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding Recipe
Bread Pudding Recipe: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe – This is the BEST bread pudding, and resembles the old-fashioned recipe we all love! It’s basic, and uses everyday ingredients!
- 6 slices stale bread
- 3 Tablespoons of butter 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
- 4 Beaten Eggs
- 2 cups Milk
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and use 1 Tablespoon of butter to coat the inside of your 8 in. square baking dish.
- Break your bread (I made larger pieces, rather than crumbling it up) in to the buttered baking dish.
- Melt your remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and drizzle over bread pieces.
- In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients (don't forget to beat your eggs first) until mixed well.
- Pour this mixture over the bread, making sure to evenly coat each piece.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top of the bread pudding springs back after lightly touching it with a fork.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.
Bread Pudding Sauce
For years I shared this recipe without a sauce or a drizzle. There have been tons of you who have made this and made your own sauce to go with it, and I must say… you’ve inspired me.
So when I remade this recipe to take new photos for the blog, I decided to whip up a quick sauce to see how it would taste.
Um… it was heavenly.
The bread pudding is great as a stand-alone, but I’m a fan of this addition now, in a BIG way!
How to Make Bread Pudding Sauce
It’s super easy. Grab a small saucepan, and melt (on high) 3 Tablespoons of salted butter.
Once melted, turned it down to medium heat and wait a bit to let the butter brown. (Browned butter is my JAM!)
Then, I add in a tablespoon or so of brown sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Stir to combine and remove from heat. Let rest about 1-2 minutes, use the whisk to mix up the brown sugar and butter mixture and pour on top of the bread pudding.
The little chunks of brown sugar candied and let a bit of a crunch, which was the PERFECT addition to this soft texture that the bread pudding has.
Is it your favorite old-fashioned bread pudding recipe too?
So tell me… did you make this bread pudding? Did you like it? Let me know below in the comments with the others, and give this a rating to let other’s know how much you love it!
I may or may not have eaten this whole plate of bread pudding above before my husband even came home.
More Bread Pudding Recipes:
Donut Bread Pudding
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
Do you love sweet potato casserole around the holidays? Uh huh, me too. So when I thought to combine two of my favorites, sweet potato casserole + bread pudding… the heavens parted and we had THIS recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole Bread Pudding
Banana Bread Pudding with Chocolate Chips
Do you have a love for chocolate? Well if you’re anything like me, you’ll find just about anything to put chocolate in. Combine chocolate and bananas? Well then… that’s a whole other level of goodness. So making a chocolate chip banana bread pudding recipe just makes sense. Get that recipe HERE!
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