Bread Pudding is dense and flavorful comfort food that is loaded with pieces of brioche and plump raisins, baked, and topped with a sweet homemade vanilla glaze. For another delicious bread recipe, try my 5 Ingredient Monkey Bread!

White Plate with Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Piece on it with One Bite Removed

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

Centuries ago, people would look for ways to not waste any leftover food, including bread, which led to bread pudding. It was referred to as ‘poor man’s pudding’, but has evolved to be included in many upscale restaurants as a dessert. With all the variations of bread pudding recipes, it’s fun to play around with the recipe and try other kinds of bread and added ingredients.

Pouring Glaze over Bread to Make Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding Ingredients

There are two main parts to the recipe–the bread pudding and vanilla glaze.

Brioche bread: I chose to use brioche, a French bread, in this recipe. It is somewhat of a pastry and bread combo that tasted amazing in this recipe!

Raisins: Raisins are optional.

Overhead Image Showing Baking Bread Pudding with Raisins

How to Make Vanilla Glaze

This glaze was just the right amount of sweetness to add to the bread pudding. It wasn’t too overpowering, and it made this recipe more of a dessert. To make the glaze, add the butter, sugar, and heavy whipping cream in a saucepan. Heat up the ingredients over medium heat, stirring until it begins to thicken. Stir in the vanilla and pour the glaze over the baked bread pudding. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

Spatula Picking up Piece of Bread Pudding from Pan

How to Store Bread Pudding

To store leftovers, keep the pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you are planning to freeze the pudding, freeze it WITHOUT the vanilla glaze.

Let it come to room temperature before cutting it into individual pieces. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, or store the pieces in airtight, freezer-safe containers. Label and date the containers; the pudding will last up to three months.

Very Close Piece of Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Raisins on White Plate

Variations to Bread Pudding

As I mentioned, there are lots and lots of bread pudding recipes because of the versatility of the recipe. Here are a few things you could try:

  • Use different kinds of bread (like cinnamon rolls, baguettes, artisan, or white bread).
  • Toast the stale bread pieces in the oven for a few minutes before adding the custard ingredients.
  • Make individual bread puddings by dividing the bread and custard evenly between ramekins before baking. Just be sure to check them after 20 minutes or so since the bake time may be a bit different.
  • Add granola, dried fruit, cereal, or even marshmallows!
  • Top with ice cream, caramel, or a whiskey sauce.
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Bread Pudding

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting Time 12 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 13 hrs 10 mins
Bread Pudding is dense and flavorful comfort food that is loaded with pieces of brioche and plump raisins, baked, and topped with a sweet homemade vanilla glaze.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf brioche bread, cut or torn into 1" pieces
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups (490g) whole milk
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Vanilla Glaze

  • ½ cup  (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (119g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Place bread in an even layer in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Let bread sit out, uncovered, overnight to harden slightly.
  • Pour raisins over bread and fold in slightly.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla. Once mixed, pour over bread. Press down to coat all bread. Let soak for 20 minutes.
  • After soaking, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean (or internal temperature is 160°F).
  • After the bread pudding has baked for about 10 minutes, start making the vanilla glaze. The glaze takes about 20 minutes to thicken.

Vanilla Glaze

  • In a saucepan, add butter, sugar, and heavy whipping cream. Set over medium heat and stir frequently until the mixture begins to thicken (about 20 minutes).
  • Stir in vanilla and remove the mixture from heat.
  • Pour glaze over the top of the bread pudding.

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Reader Comments

  1. Hi. Love your recipes. I’m an expat from UK and bread pudding is a staple , we make a tart lemon sauce or hot custard to pour over it

  2. I have been making one just like this for years. The first time I made it, my to be husband looked at it and said “I don’t like the way it looks” My reply was “Good. All the more for me” He tried and loved it. I use either a vanilla sauce or hard sauce and he begs me for every so often – 26 years late.

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