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Two ramekins of bread pudding with two spoons on a bamboo surface.
Basic Bread Pudding
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Bread pudding is the comfort foods of desserts. It uses up leftover bread and it's really easy to make. You can add other ingredients to the mix to vary it or take it to the next level. This is your basic bread pudding recipe - a blank slate for you to work with.
Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: Breakfast/Brunch, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 387 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated or brown sugar
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 12 cups cubed challah or brioche or other egg-based bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1-pound loaf)
  • ½ cup any flavoring ingredient chocolate, dried berries, apples, etc…
  1. Grease a 7-inch by 11-inch baking pan (ceramic or metal) with butter.
  2. Combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Beat well. Add the milk and whisk.
  3. Toss the bread cubes and flavoring ingredient together and place into the greased baking pan. Pour the egg custard over the top. Press down on the bread cubes to help the bread absorb the custard and let the pudding sit until most of the liquid has been absorbed. In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  4. Transfer the bread pudding to the oven and bake in the 350ºF oven for one hour, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the pudding comes out clean, the top is nicely browned and springs back when you touch it.
  5. Let the pudding cool to an edible temperature. Then serve with some maple syrup, whipped cream or a sauce.

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Nutrition Facts
Basic Bread Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 315mg13%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.