Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding


Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding

Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
50 Min

When you're craving the classic tastes of the good old days, this bread pudding recipe will do the trick. Our Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding is made the same way that Grandma used to make it and boy is it good!

What You'll Need

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups soft bread cubes (about 5 slices bread)
  • 1/2 cup raisins

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place butter in a small bowl. Scald milk (heat it to just below boiling), and pour it over the butter; stir to mix well.
  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Gradually stir in milk mixture then stir in sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Place bread cubes and raisins in a 1-1/2-quart baking dish; pour in milk mixture. Stir gently to evenly moisten bread. Set baking dish in a larger pan; add hot water to larger pan to come about halfway up sides of baking dish.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until knife inserted into pudding comes out clean. Serve warm or cold.


  • You know what would go great with this old-fashioned bread pudding? Real maple syrup, like the kind that many of us grew up on. There's nothing like it, and it's great for topping bread pudding recipes like this one. (It's also good on French toast, pancakes, and waffles!) 
  • Fancy up your bread pudding by adding chopped fruit, like apples, peaches, pears, or even cherries! 

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 294
  • Calories from Fat 105
  • Total Fat 12g 18 %
  • Saturated Fat 6.6g 33 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 7.3g 15 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 89mg 30 %
  • Sodium 338mg 14 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 42g 14 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5 %
  • Sugars 29g 0 %

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I love bread pudding. There was a concert and dinner that I'd attend around Christmas that always had bread pudding as the dessert. It was always good, and was served with a lemon sauce. I like the idea of using maple syrup on it, and I'll have to try it that way when I make some up this season. The recipe that I follow (which is the one from the dinner) uses plums instead of raisins and doesn't include the addition of nuts, though that's a great suggestion that I want to try.

Recipe I make but substitute cut up dates. Am allergic to raisins. Tastes awesome with a cooked whiskey sauce.

This is just like the bread pudding my mom made, with walnuts added. Instead of sauce she served it warm with butter and cream. It was so good. Bread pudding is one of my best memories of growing up and favorite dessert now. Try it you won't be disappointed, always good with ice cream.

I'd like to make this in individual small pans to give as gifts. What changes do you suggest?

Hi there! While the Test Kitchen has not made this recipe in individual sized servings, we do believe that this recipe can be done that way, though we cannot guarantee the outcome. Fill lined muffin tins about 3/4 full and bake at 325 degrees F for about 40 minutes. If you do make this recipe with those changes, let us know. We'd love to hear back from you. Enjoy!

Would like to know if anyone would like to share a recipe for vanilla sauce lemon sauce for bread pudding. I look forward to your responses. Thanks, Gee

You could make vanilla pudding but increase the milk a little.

Could I possibly add canned apple pie filling to this? Would it change the amount of liquid I use? Thank you.

Unfortunately, we have not tried making this recipe with a can of apple pie filling, and we don't want to make any guesses that would result in a waste of your ingredients. However, we do know that you can add a chopped, fresh apple to this recipe without changing any of the other ingredients, if you're looking to add apple flavor to this bread pudding. Enjoy!

This is a great recipe, very simple delicious comfort food. I serve it warm or cold with a bit of cream or ice cream.

Looking for Bread pudding recipe that when you bake it there is a custard sauce already on it...anyone know of one????

Here's a recipe that may be close to what you're looking for I have used this recipe for over years It's really easy Make sure you use all the brown sugar on the toast PJS DAD BETTY CROCKERS BREAD PUDDING slices of bread tblsp Margarine or butter softened cup packed brown sugar tsp ground cinnamon cup raisins eggs slightly beaten cup granulated sugar tsp vanilla Dash of salt cups milk scalded dont overcook Heat oven to Toast bread slices lightly Spread slices with margarine or butter sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon Cut each slice into pieces Arrange pieces sugared side up in buttered quart casserole sprinkle with raisins Mix eggs granulated sugar vanilla and salt slowly stir in milk Pour mixture over bread Place casserole in square pan x x inches on oven rack pour very hot water inch deep into pan Bake until knife inserted halfway between center andRead More edge comes out clean - minutes Remove casserole from hot water Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream or cool with whipped cream

I'm looking for a bread pudding like my Mum made, moist with lots of custard. I'm going to give this one a try as the picture looks like it's quite moist. I love bread pudding (my comfort food) because I like the custard. My Mum used biscuits but I will use homemade bread. Hopefully it will come out - I threw my last batch away it was so bad! :(

made this last night left out raisins and did not use pan of water bottom is still kind of runny so its back in oven flavor was great just like mine a little browner on bottom

my mom always did same thing rjduckworth it was best bread pudding ever

Try baking this without the pan of water you get a nice crisp crust with a moist center really nice ...

If you don't put it in a pan of water you get a nice crisp outer layer with a moist center really nice try it out

40-45 years ago I found a recipe called Hobo Bread Pudding that called for bread crumbs . You heated the milk, raisins, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Then added the eggs and crumbs. Best tasting ever. Lost the recipe and have been trying all I find to get the same taste with bread crumbs. Will try this one with my changes.

I have 2 recipes of my grandmothers', both calling for bread crumbs. I'll send them to you if you still want it.

My mom always used dry bread. The custard soaks into it without making the bread gummy. I made it with cinnamon raisin bread once but I lightly toasted the bread because it is a little too soft. Also, you can tear the bread into bite sized pieces instead of cubing it. Works just as well!

I made this last week, but my center turned out mushy cook all the way through I love even left it in the oven longer then called for. Flavor was good just not done completely. what can I do to fix this problem?

My granddaddy always used leftover biscuits to make bread pudding; he and I were the only ones who likes bread pudding so it was a treat when he made it. Try it with left over biscuits and see if it isn't the best kind of bread.

This is a good recipe, I have been making it for years. I found it in one of Mr. Food's cookbooks. It's a great way to use up the old bread and its such a comfort food.


A friend of mine use to make a lemon sauce to put over her bread pudding. She has passed and I never got a chance to get the recipe. Would anyone have a lemon sauce recipe that they are willing to pass on? Thanks.

3/4 cup Sugar 5 tsp Cornstarch dash Salt 1 1/2 cups Water, boiling 1 tbsp Lemon zest, finely grated 3 tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tbsp Butter In a saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add boiling water and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and clear. Stir in lemon zest, juice, and butter. Serve warm over a cake, dessert, or bread pudding. Makes 2 cups of lemon sauce.

I love using my homemade bread but no matter what, it never tastes like Mom's used to.

Nothing ever tastes like Mom's, does it.

The cook at work used to make his bread pudding with left over danishes and it was delicious. Mom also made the best bread pudding and other desserts.

May I ask what brand of bread you folk's use for bread pudding? Thank you.

Usually, you can use any kind of bread you have on hand--Even begals or day old doughnuts will do the trick. Set out the bread you'll be using, to let it dry out a bit. The liquid (custard) mixture is absorbed into the bread even more, if the bread is dry.

I have heard of people using left-over cinnamon rolls too.

Oh mercy! I bet the cinnamon roll recipe would be soooo good, but my teeth hurt just reading it, cuz I had just tho't "wonder how this would be with stale donuts." Course, then you'd actually have to have stale donuts.....haha

Simple and delicious. I added diced apple bits and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg for my own twist. Heavenly!

I don't know if you know this or not but, the original bread pudding recipe never, ever required cinnamon. Nutmeg was always used, not cinnamon. And yes, you are right. With the nutmeg in it, it is heavenly!

I made this chocolate bread pudding tonight put a little heavy cream on top it was delicious and my puppy thought so too Laura Miller

I hope you realize that CHOCOLATE is poisonous to dogs!

Hope the puppy survived the poisoning.

This sounds so good & really easy to make too!

I freeze my homemade, raisin cinnamon rolls when they're getting stale, and use them. Love bread pudding!!

I'll try it. Years ago I was the manager of a Harvest House Cafeteria in St Louis, MO. Bread Pudding was in the top five sellers every week along with sweet potato pie. The Harvest House was owned by F.W.Woolworth, The Harvest House closed along with Woolworth.

Woolworth' had a luncheon counter when I was young. Their cakes and pies were delicious. Actually, as a teenager, I worked for Woolworth's until I graduated high school. My first job, other than baby sitting.

Woolworth's also had delicious apple dumplings.

Try using cinnamon bread instead of plain bread. We love the extra cinnamon taste at our house. To top it off we like a sauce of lemon or rum.

I used eat as a kid, I can't wait...I will be making one.:) I'll let u guys know how it trun out.


Brings back memories for me too. My Mom put a vanilla sauce on her bread pudding.

Bread pudding is an old southern staple. My mom use to put in a well-drained can of fruit cocktail. It makes it really fun for kids.

Love Bread Pudding...my mother sometimes put in well drained pineapple chunks.

this is exactly my dad use to make his bread pudding. Thank u for the recipe

My loving sweet Daddy, too! I added a few drops of lemon extract half white wheat breads...delishyum

I made this today with chopped apples instead of raisens. I did not use enough bread and I had to bake it for an extra 10 minutes. Consistancy and flavor excellent. Another winner!

i love bread pudding, but my mom always put nutmeg and cinnamon

That is the way i make it and my mother before me. I am 76.

We lived in Mississippi for a while and there was a lovely little place called Martha's Tea Room that served Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce that was to die for!

I use left over day old carmel rolls with the same recipe but double it to fit a 9x13pan

I am from the south and you can always used left over biscuits for bread pudding.

my dad used to serve this with a lemon sauce. It was so good. Makes me really miss him <3

Bread pudding was my dad's favorite dessert. My mom would put it in a bowl warm and pour milk around it. Yummy, and no extra sugar.

We always served vanilla custard sauce with bread pudding. Try this shortcut: Make vanilla pudding (not instant) with the regular amount of milk and one-half the package of pudding.

great idea! different pudding flavors will make different dessert sauces! I love it!! :)

Made this yesterday - and did put icing on top and added vanilla! Delicious!

What kind of icing did you use or make?

This is really an old-fashioned recipe. I love it! I sometimes use cut up canned sliced peaches instead of raisins. I also have used canned fruit cocktail and canned pineapple. Love to experiment with what is available in my pantry. I will try the strawberries soon. Thanks for the tips. Love this site!

I'll just leave out the raisins that I don't like. Yum.

you might try some other dried fruits like blueberries, cranberries, cherries or something like that. Experimenting in the kitchen can lead to some great desserts.

Question: Is it necessary to place the baking dish in a larger pan containing hot water? I see other recipes do not say to do this.

I have never Put it in a larger pan with water, Mine always comes out great!!

This is for the moisture content. If you like yours to be a little more on the moist side. I highly suggest trying it this way.

I'm going to make the Bread Pudding this weekend and I'm going to include the vanilla and nutmeg. Do any of you put a little icing on the top? I remember growing up with bread pudding - and there was a little bit of icing. Let me know! Thanks.

Shala July 6, 2012 Another idea. Not long ago I had way too many strawberries. I washed the and halved or quartered the and added them to the recipe. My husband and I really enjoyed . I gave a bowl of it to a neighbor and his wife. He ate the whole bowl, by himself. Don't know why you couldn't use peaches either.

Love bread pudding! Sometimes, on holidays or a special day, I use half and half instead of plain milk. I know this is sinful, but it sure is scrumptious!

I think it is a great recipe I add a teaspoon of vanilla and 1/ 4 teaspoon of nutmeg.

Thank you for the tip about adding vanilla! Been a while since I made bread pudding, and I'm not sure I would have remembered. Looks like I'll be on track now--thanks!

I always add 1/2 tsp vanilla to egg/milk mixture...really adds to the old fashion flavor...sometimes I use day old home-made cinnimon rolls instead of bread...works great!

Thanks, djs--you're the second of two comments posted about adding vanilla to the bread pudding recipe. It's been over 25 years since I made the pudding last, and I might not have remembered the vanilla. Just made a bunch of bread crumbs; now I know what to do with them--thanks!


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