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Bread Pudding Recipe: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe

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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: Easy and the BEST old fashioned recipe!

Bread Pudding Recipe photos updated November 2018!

Bread Pudding Recipe - Easy and the Best!

Bread Pudding Recipe

Bread Pudding Recipe

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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.

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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!

How to make bread pudding recipe

Bread Pudding Ingredients

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.

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Bread pudding recipe

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!

Bread Pudding Recipe - Easy old fashioned

Break up bread into baking dish

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.

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Bread pudding batter

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 )

How to make bread pudding

Recipe for bread pudding

Pour bread pudding batter over stale bread

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.

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How Long do You Bake Bread Pudding?

Toss that baby in the oven and let it bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes at 350º.

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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…

Bread Pudding Recipe

How to Make Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding Recipe - Easy and the Best!
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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!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best, bread pudding, bread pudding recipe, dessert, easy, left over, old fashioned, recipe, simple, stale
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 316 kcal


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and use 1 Tablespoon of butter to coat the inside of your 8 in. square baking dish.
  2. Break your bread (I made larger pieces, rather than crumbling it up) in to the buttered baking dish.
  3. Melt your remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and drizzle over bread pieces.
  4. In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients (don't forget to beat your eggs first) until mixed well.
  5. Pour this mixture over the bread, making sure to evenly coat each piece.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top of the bread pudding springs back after lightly touching it with a fork.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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. 

Nutrition Facts
Bread Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/6 recipe))
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 272mg 11%
Potassium 198mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 9.3%
Calcium 15.2%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

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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

WHOA! This sounds amazing! Sweet Potato Casserole Bread Pudding Recipe

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!

Banana Bread Pudding Recipe with chocolate chips

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150 thoughts on “Bread Pudding Recipe: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe

  1. I’ve never tried bread pudding! Can’t wait until I can try this out!

  2. Jo Faulk says:

    Delicious! This is just like my Grandma used to make it. I’m so glad I tried this recipe first. I doubled the recipe, omitted the cinnamon and I’m sure I ate most of it 😀

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, I’m so glad that you tried it and that it turned out like Grandma’s! Thank you for taking the time to come here, rate it, and let us know! 🙂

  3. Carolyn says:

    Bread pudding is so brilliant because it makes something delicious out of stale old stuff. I love repurposing leftovers!

    1. Jessica says:

      Right? I mean, how does something like stale old bread, taste so so good!? 🙂

  4. Rachael Yerkes says:

    This takes me back to my childhood! My grandma made bread pudding all the time! Love it!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw!!! Yes! It’s definitely something that reminds me of my childhood too!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I still have never made bread pudding but that needs to change because this looks so good!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh yes!!!! It’s a MUST for sure!!

  6. Allyson Zea says:

    Wow this turned out so good!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you Allyson!! XO

  7. Jocelyn says:

    What a great way to use up leftover bread or rolls!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you Jocelyn! YES! One of my favorite ways for sure!

  8. Erika says:

    Hi there this is my favorite way to make bread pudding I have tried a couple different recipes and after making this one I’m never going back my family of 6 loved it!! Thank you for sharing this🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww! This makes me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! 🙂

  9. Linda L Snyder says:

    Hello Jessica, this is the first time I’ve ever made bread pudding and I’m glad I found your delectable recipe to try. It was absolutely delicious! I had a loaf of sourdough bread and a couple of chocolate chip buns that were old but still good. I added chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, and dried Bing cherries, a little nutmeg and a teaspoon of cardamom to your recipe and it came out great. I also made the sauce and poured it on top. Thank you. Now I know that bread pudding isn’t difficult to make and I can indulge in something I love to eat.

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!! I’m so so glad that you liked it! Those additions you made sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Shawn says:

    Great, easy recipe. Loved it!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! Thank you Shawn for taking the time to let us know! 🙂

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