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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

Find out how to make a classic Old Fashioned Bread Pudding in this post.

Perhaps you consider bread pudding to be a recipe of generations past. It was certainly a regular dish on my grandmother’s table. Maybe you’ve never tried bread pudding at all.

Bread pudding is one of the classic ways to use up every scrap of bread you have lying around. It didn’t matter what type of stale bread or biscuits were used as long as they didn’t go to waste.

Bread pudding has been around for nearly a thousand years. Any recipe that survives centuries and still shows up on dessert menus of fine restaurants is certainly worth a try.

There’s only one problem at my house….we don’t usually have stale bread (insert my confession to being a carb-a-holic) so I have to make my own stale bread. A bit ironic, don’t you think?

It is all worth it however to make this delicious comfort food dessert of basic bread pudding.

Classic Bread pudding dessert - comfort food - in a casserole dish

Bread pudding also makes a great addition to holiday dessert menus.

Folks have different styles in which they enjoy making a bread pudding. Some are completely submerged in the custard. My recipe covers all of the bread with the custard sauce but the top pieces stay above and toast a bit when cooking so you have a mix with a few crunchy bits. It gives this dessert a wonderful texture.

Custard Bread Pudding

You likely have everything you need to make this dessert, here’s what you’ll need: A loaf of bread, butter, raisins, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.

Full Printable Recipe at the end of this post

First, if you’re like me you’ll need to “make” your stale bread. You can cut up the bread and put it into the oven on a low temperature to dry out a bit. I prefer the really easy way….I cut up the bread into cubes and leave it out on the counter all day, then I store it in a container on the counter overnight. Voila! We have stale bread. The bread is ready for your pudding recipe.

Brioche Bread cubes for a dessert

Brioche Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C)

Step 1: Add the raisins to a small bowl and cover with hot water to plump for twenty minutes. Place the prepared bread pieces into a casserole dish. Melt the butter and drizzle over the bread and lightly toss. This step also helps grease the casserole dish for baking.

Step 2: Combine the sugar, cinnamon, eggs, milk and vanilla extract by whisking together in a mixing bowl to make the bread pudding sauce (custard). Drain the raisins and sprinkle over the bread mixture then pour the custard sauce evenly over the bread. Lightly toss everything together then place into the oven and bake 30-40 minutes.

Bread pudding is out of this world delicious! Seriously, if you’ve never had it then you need to make this recipe and give it a try. I promise you’ll be making it time and time again.

Bread pudding can be served hot or cold.

Beautiful Southern Bread Pudding

Can you see all of the deliciousness in this perfect bite?

The Best Bread Pudding - a perfect bite
Vintage bowl with bread pudding dessert

You might also want to try these variations for bread pudding: Bread pudding with fruit cocktail , Pecan Pie Bread Pudding or Bread Pudding with a Brown Sugar Topping

More desserts you may be interested in: Hummingbird Cake, Classic Pecan Pie, or Old Fashioned Apple Sauce Cake

Old Fashioned Desserts

Yield: 1 dessert casserole

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

Basic Bread Pudding in a custard sauce

Delicious recipe for a classic old fashioned bread pudding dessert.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 Loaf of Sliced Brioche Bread (17.63 oz or similar. White bread is fine too)
  • 4 tbs Butter, melted
  • 3/4 c Raisins
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 2 c Whole Milk
  • 2 tbs Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon


  1. The day before, cut bread into cubes and leave out all day. Cover or store in a plastic storage bag overnight until ready to bake the bread pudding.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F
  3. Add the raisins to a small bowl and cover with hot water from the tap to allow to plump for 20 minutes.
  4. Place the cubed bread pieces in a 4 quart casserole dish.
  5. Drizzle the melted butter over the bread pieces, then lightly toss the bread with the butter.
  6. Next, make the custard sauce by adding the sugar and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  7. Next, add the eggs, milk and vanilla extract to the sugar mixture and whisk until everything is combined.
  8. Next, drain the raisins and sprinkle over the bread then pour the custard sauce mixture evenly over the bread.Lightly toss the bread with the custard sauce then place into the oven and bake 30-40 minutes.
  9. Serve bread pudding hot or cold. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 8.2g

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

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Amy (Savory Moments)

Sunday 28th of October 2018

Yum!! This is such a comfort food and favorite of mine!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 28th of October 2018

I love it too! So easy and so delicious.

Miz Helen

Saturday 27th of October 2018

There is nothing better than an old fashioned bread pudding and your recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon! Miz Helen


Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Nothing like a good old fashioned recipe! Delicious!

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Nikki, I'm especially fond of old fashioned recipes. They bring back so many wonderful memories. Julia

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