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Bread Pudding Recipe: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe (With Video!)

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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 and an optional 3-ingredient brown-buttered sauce to drizzle on top!

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Bread Pudding Recipe

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Bread Pudding Recipe

I’m so embarrassed… 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:

I had just made the french toast bake for breakfast a few days before, so I wanted something for dessert this time!

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.

What is bread pudding?

Well it’s not the “pudding” you’re probably thinking of. Rather it’s a recipe that uses old, stale bread, combined with a creamy “batter” or custard that consists of things like sugar, butter, milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and then bake it all. The outside edges may have a slight crisp, while the middle is a soft, custard-like texture. SO.GOOD.

While I found a few good recipes for bread pudding in my old cookbooks, they all had something that didn’t tickle my fancy. (Such as raisins – although you can add these if you like.)

So… I gathered all of the recipes up and came up with my own plan and I have to admit, keeping it simple and easy made this the BEST bread pudding!

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Bread Pudding Ingredients

Bread Pudding Ingredients (Full recipe instructions below!)

Look at these easy ingredients… I mean, you probably already have all, if not almost all, of the ingredients on hand!

  • 6 slices stale bread buns, rolls, donuts, challah, toast or another type of 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

How to Make Stale Bread

If you’re craving bread pudding, but you don’t have the stale bread to use for it, no worries!

Grab some fresh bread and either pop it in the toaster for a bit, or cut bread in to chunks and bake it in the oven on 350 for about 5-10 minutes. (Don’t burn it or turn it brown. You’re just removing as much moisture from it as you can.)

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Bread pudding recipe

I love this recipe, and I really do think it’s the best 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.

Recipe for Bread Pudding Below:

You can find the full recipe below, but I love sharing step-by-step images to help walk you through in case you like photos like I do!

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Break up bread into baking dish

Stale Bread, Buns, Rolls…

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Then 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 )

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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 350ยบ.

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Common Questions About Bread Pudding:

How do you know when bread pudding is done?

Just like almost any dessert, or bread that you’re baking, insert a clean knife into the center and see if it comes out clean!

What is day-old bread?

Well, it’s stale bread. Not super hard, and crispy… but bread that just wouldn’t be your favorite to use to make your favorite egg-salad sandwich.
The reason you want day-old or stale bread is because you’ll want the bread to soak up the batter/custard of the bread pudding mixture.

Can you freeze bread pudding?

Yep! It’s actually a great idea to make some of this ahead of time in case you need a last-minute dessert idea or to take a care package to a friend in need!
Just bake it as normal, and once cooled, place in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to thaw it, place it in the refrigerator to thaw it out.

Do you eat bread pudding warm or cold?

You can enjoy bread pudding cold or warm, but if you prefer it warm after freezing/thawing, gently warm it to reheat.

Can bread pudding be made in advance?

Absolutely! I love make-ahead meals about as much as anyone, especially when entertaining! So if you want to make this ahead of time, feel free to!
You can either mix it all together and refrigerate it overnight before baking, or bake it, let it cool and then refrigerate.

What to do with Left-Over Bread Pudding

Make sure to refrigerate any leftovers of your bread pudding. (We’ve never had leftovers, but I thought I should mention it in case someone out there doesn’t stand over the pan and eat it all in one sitting like we do — kind of kidding.)

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!

Bread Pudding Recipe

Jessica Burgess
Bread Pudding Recipe: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe โ€“ This is the BEST bread pudding, and resembles the old-fashioned recipe we all love! Itโ€™s basic, and uses everyday ingredients!
4.34 from 103 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 316 kcal


  • 6 slices stale bread buns, rolls, donuts, challah, toast or another type of 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.ย 


Serving: 1serving (1/6 recipe)Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 272mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 465IUCalcium: 152mgIron: 1.5mg
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What to Serve with Bread Pudding?

If you’re looking for a little something extra to serve with your new, easy bread pudding recipe, you might consider:

  • chocolate sauce
  • caramel ice cream topping
  • ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • candied nuts
  • raisins
  • powdered sugar
  • or this crazy-easy and delicious bread pudding sauce I whipped up for you…

Bread Pudding Sauce

For years I shared this recipe without a sauce or a drizzle. But here have been tons of you who have made this and left so many amazing reviews and comments below with your ideas, making 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 this 3-Ingredient Bread Pudding Sauce:

You’ll need the following, everyday ingredients:

  • butter (I used salted)
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla

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 cooked 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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I can seriously almost taste this photo of the bread pudding sauce.

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

This Donut Bread Pudding Recipe takes your grandma’s bread pudding to a whole new level, right? It’s as good as it sounds!

Donut bread pudding recipe

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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183 thoughts on “Bread Pudding Recipe: An Easy Old Fashioned Recipe (With Video!)

  1. Elle Carter says:

    I followed the recipe exactly and the result was amazing. My mother asked for seconds and my husband said, “I usually don’t like bread pudding but this is so good!” I could go on and on reciting the many compliments but suffice it to say that the dish was gone in under an hour. Next time I will have to double the recipe!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aww! This is SO good to hear Elle! Thank you so much for sharing how much you liked it! Makes my heart happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Roberta says:

    I love bread pudding and was always apprehensive about trying it on my own. I came across your recipe and tried it for the first time and was amazed about how good it turned out that I doubled the recipe and made it again not even a week later. Only variation I did was add pecans and topped with whipped cream! Scrumptious, will definitely keep this recipe on hand.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good Roberta! I’m so glad that you like it!! Thank you for letting me know!

  3. Fazeena Hamid says:

    Im 18 I’ve made this for my family and it was yummy.. Thank you very much

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you for letting me know!

  4. Karen says:

    I made this and it was delicious. I am making a 2nd batch right now. I made the last one with cinnamon swirl bread and this time with cinnamon raisin bread. I can’t wait to eat it!!!๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Jessica says:

      Mmmm! That sounds amazing Karen! Thank you so much for dropping a note to let me know too!

  5. Rosie says:

    You just made me a rock star in my house! Fam loved it!

    1. Jessica says:

      Woo Hoo!!! And it’s so easy too!! Thank you for letting me know!

  6. sVesna says:

    I made this with some tweaks and it is delicious! I had lots of stale bread, so I almost tripled the recipe, mixed milk and heavy cream (had some that was approaching it’s best before date) and used not as many eggs (I used 6 eggs altogether for 14 cups of bread) as I didn’t have more at home. Also, I used less sugar (about 1and 1/4 cup) as I wanted to serve it with vanilla and chocolate sauce. It is amazing, just had a nice big slice for breakfast, packed two slices for my hubby to take to work and will serve some to my friend who’ s coming to see me later. Now the biggest test – my toddler is about to wake up and we’ll see how it goes with her. Thanks, truly fantabulos recipe!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aww! Haha! I love your take on this recipe, and so glad that you liked it! I hope your toddler does too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to let me know! XO

  7. Debi says:

    Made this very simple to make Bread Pudding. So yummy. Breakfast at our house was extra special.
    I made with the leftover honey wheat โ€œcrustsโ€ from tea sandwiches I had made for a get together.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you for coming back and sharing!

  8. Nicole Jones says:

    How much does this serve? Do you think I would have enough to serve 4 people if I cut the recipe in half?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Nicole! I think it would be enough to serve 4! That would possibly serve a nice square for each person! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope that helps!

  9. Heather says:

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe mine turned out great I used 2% milk 8 slices of sandwhich bread 1 extra egg and cranberries and a touch of real maple syrup drizzled over top .

    Great recipes so simple to make.

    Thank you this is a keeper

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so happy that you liked it, and your extras sound delish! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the rating and for dropping a note!

  10. Dennis Amador says:

    5 stars
    I’m making this tonight. Using Challa bread and a couple of bread ends. I LOVE THE COMMENTS. I’m a big fan of using what I have on hand and love the different ingredients everyone has added. And your recipe looks amazing. I’m sure my nephews will love it.

  11. Shimilia says:

    5 stars
    I am currently making this. So simple and easy. I was going to make a grilled cheese sandwhich and saw the end of my bread getting mole. So I cut it off and decided to try. So exited for this.
    It was so easy to follow.
    Canโ€™t wait to tell u how it comes out.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I hope you love it as much as we do! Thank you for coming by, dropping a note, and leaving a review!

  12. TQE says:

    5 stars
    This is AMAZING!!! I used the whipping cream, since I had it on hand. But, we had left over stale Cuban bread…OMGOSH!!! I could eat it ALL!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaay! I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you so much for reviewing it and letting me know!

  13. Colleen Cade says:

    I never liked bred pudding as a child growing up.
    Thought I’d give it a try as an adult .
    I used day old cinnamon rolls and added alil shredded coconut and lots of raisins. Not bad at all . My daughter loved it .

    1. Jessica says:

      Yum! That sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Elsa says:

    5 stars
    I ‘ve made this using leftover stale danish. I cut back a little on the sugar. Have also made with using stale donuts.

    1. Jessica says:

      MMMM!!! That sounds fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing and for the 5-star rating! XO

  15. Abby says:

    5 stars
    Hello! I made this today and it tastes great but it’s pretty gooey. Is it supposed to be gooey in the middle? I’ve never made bread pudding before. Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Abby! Well, it’s supposed to have a soggy bread type of texture… so I’m not sure if that’s what yours is or not. If it’s pretty gooey it may need to be cooked a little longer! I hope that helps!

  16. 5 stars
    I honestly have never tried bread pudding before but it looks like major comfort food! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh my good-NAS girl… you have to try it! It totally is a comfort food!!

  17. 5 stars
    Bread pudding is my Achilles heel! This recipe looks so amazing!

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!! It’s soooo good!

  18. Krissy Allori says:

    5 stars
    This looks like a great and delicious way to keep unused bread from going to waste! I’m definitely going to have to try it!

    1. Jessica says:

      Mmm! It totally is! Do try, you won’t be disappointed!

  19. 5 stars
    I need to try this version immediately, it looks so good! This bread looks heavenly!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh yes do! It’s a favorite in our house for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Beth K says:

    5 stars
    What a delicious treat to make for any occasion!

    1. Jessica says:

      You’re so right Beth! It’s good for any reason!

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