This is the Best Bread Pudding Recipe, inspired by my Mom. Thanks Mom.
My Mom didn’t have much time for baking cakes when I was a kid; I don’t think she liked making cakes much anyway. That’s really how I got my start in cooking. I wanted a cake one day and I asked my Mom to make one, she said “you can read, get a recipe and make one yourself.” So I did and here we are. It was a win/win really. I learned how to bake and she didn’t have to bother with it anymore. While she didn’t bake many cakes she would make a delicious bread pudding for dessert. I loved it then and it’s still one of my favorites desserts. This is the best bread pudding recipe I’ve ever made, hands down.
The Best Bread Pudding Recipe
10 cups of bread torn into pieces (about I and a half loaves)
1 quart of half and half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 large eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar plus some to sprinkle on top
4 ounces melted butter plus some to butter the pan
½ teaspoon salt
MIX-INS you can use about 2 cups total of these mix ins in any combination you like: apples, pears, chocolate chips, bananas, raisins
9 by 13 baking pan or ten 12 ounce individual oven proof cups
Large, high sided pan to use for a water bath.
Heat oven to 325°
Lightly toast the bread pieces on a sheet pan for about 10 minutes, just to dry them out a bit.
In a large bowl beat half and half, vanilla, eggs, sugar, butter and salt.
To make in a 9*13 pan:
Put the bread into the baking pan or individual cups and add the mix ins you like and pour the cream mixture over. Let the bread absorb the cream for 10 minutes push the bread down into the cream to make sure it’s totally covered.
Place the pan of bread pudding into the larger, high sided pan and place into the oven. For the water bath pour water into the larger pan (Don’t fill the water to the top of the pan, it will be too difficult to remove from the oven) and bake for about 1 hour. When finished, carefully remove the pan from the oven as not to spill hot water on yourself. . When finished, carefully remove the pan from the oven and let cool. Place the pan of bread pudding on a kitchen towel to dry and serve with sauce, whipped cream or ice cream.
To make in individual cups:
Mix the toasted bread into the cream and let soak in for about 10 minutes. Divide the bread pudding mixture between the individual baking cups. Add mix ins of your choice into the cups, put a little on top so you can identify what’s inside each cup.
For the water bath place the baking cups into the larger pan (you may need to use 2 pans) place the pan in the oven and pour water into the larger pan for a water bath. (Don’t fill the water to the top of the pan, it will be too difficult to remove from the oven)
Bake for about 45 minutes. When finished, carefully remove the pan from the oven and let cool. Dry the individual cups off and serve with sauce, whipped cream or ice cream.
BOURBON SAUCE or PEANUT BUTTER BOURBON SAUCE
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (optional)
In a 1 quart sauce pan, melt butter, add brown sugar and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat, add the cream and stir slowly (it will bubble up furiously so be careful). Return to the heat and cook on low for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in bourbon. For peanut butter bourbon sauce stir 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter into warm sauce)
Best Bread Pudding Recipe
Ashley MApril 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm (9 years ago)
I’ve heard of bread pudding but never made it or even tried it! It looks so yummy though.Reply
AimeeApril 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm (9 years ago)
Bread pudding is one of my all time favorites! Thanks for the recipe, that sauce looks outstanding!Reply
Virginia HigginsApril 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm (9 years ago)
Would you believe I have never made bread pudding? That looks delish.Reply
Amanda H.April 28, 2014 at 4:33 am (9 years ago)
I have not had bread pudding in forever! I’ve never made it myself either. Hope I don’t screw it up!Reply
Dawn Lopez (@dawnchats)April 28, 2014 at 1:43 am (9 years ago)
Wow, that looks insanely good! I’ve never attempted to make bread pudding.. this looks like an excellent recipe to start with. Yum!Reply
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby MamaApril 28, 2014 at 12:46 am (9 years ago)
Holy cow that looks good! I love the chocolate chunks added in. More for me!Reply
sweetsavantApril 28, 2014 at 3:19 am (9 years ago)
I love chocolate in my bread pudding, too. White chocolate chips and cranberries is another good combination. I’m not a huge white chocolate fan but that combo is SO good
ShellApril 28, 2014 at 12:14 am (9 years ago)
Bread pudding is my husband’s favorite! I pinned this.Reply
sweetsavantApril 28, 2014 at 3:20 am (9 years ago)
AWESOME! Thanks for pinning.
FeliciaApril 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm (9 years ago)
this looks delicious! Now I’m hungry 🙂Reply
Marvelous MommyApril 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm (9 years ago)
Yum this sounds amazing! I love your pictures and the individual cups! Pinning!Reply
sweetsavantApril 28, 2014 at 3:21 am (9 years ago)
Thanks so much for pinning! I do a smaller version on a muffin tin too, but I love it in the wide shallow mug.
Debbie L.April 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm (9 years ago)
Pinned…this looks delicious! Especially since it is cold and rainy today!Reply
sweetsavantApril 28, 2014 at 3:22 am (9 years ago)
Yes, it’s perfect for a cold and rainy day. Thanks for pinning.
susannabarbeeApril 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm (9 years ago)
I have never made bread pudding, but his looks sinfully delicious! I may have to try it.Reply
kimApril 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm (9 years ago)
You had me at your first photo – now that’s how to take a great photo…I just want to eat it up!!Reply
Debra Fazio-RuttApril 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm (9 years ago)
My Hubs would love this! Anything with Burbon and bread.Reply
sweetsavantApril 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm (9 years ago)
you really can’t go wrong with bourbon! And THAT’s the truth.
gaynycdadApril 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm (9 years ago)
Ow, that looks delicious. I love a good rich sauce! And the pictures are making me hungry!Reply
Robin (Masshole Mommy)April 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm (9 years ago)
I have never had bread pudding and that Bourbon Sauce sounds absolutely amazing!Reply
Terin GarrettApril 27, 2014 at 10:31 am (9 years ago)
Oh my gosh, this looks delicious!! I’m going to attempt it! 🙂Reply
sweetsavantApril 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm (9 years ago)
Great! Please let me know when you make it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
mickey coutts (@ahelicoptermom)April 27, 2014 at 3:15 am (9 years ago)
Oooh, that looks amazing! I’ve never made bread pudding before, but definitely want to try this!Reply
Carly BApril 27, 2014 at 2:41 am (9 years ago)
Oh that looks sinful! I mean that in the best way possible. My mom has always been a bread pudding fan- I might have to make this for her!Reply
NadineApril 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm (9 years ago)
Wow. I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted bread pudding and have never had the urge to, until now. This. Looks. So. Delicious!!! Thank you for opening my eyes. 🙂 xReply
sweetsavantApril 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm (9 years ago)
It’s delicious, I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. Well, yes I do. If I make it more often ilk eat it more often.