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Aunt Dora's Bread Pudding With Raisins Recipe

I learned so much from my Aunt Dora, who was an excellent cook and baker. She cooked Southern style.

My Aunt Dora made a delightful bread pudding

My Aunt Dora made a delightful bread pudding

My Aunt Dora

Aunt Dora was my mother's sister. She worked two jobs but she still loved to bake and prepare healthy meals for her family. Because she didn't have much time in the kitchen, she liked easy and fast desserts, like this bread pudding.

Aunt Dora let her daughter, Martha, and me watch her cook and bake—but we were not allowed to touch. That is until we became teenagers. Then she taught us to be excellent little chefs in the kitchen, though I'd already learned a lot from my Angel Grandmother Knight.

Grandmother stood me on a stool at her worktable a put a little apron she made me on over my play clothes; I was ready to learn and help.

My Aunt Dora lived to be 92 years old. I learned so much from her over the years.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

30 min

50 min

6 servings


  • 8 slices buttered bread, cut into cubes (I used raisin bread)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or add more if you like)
  • 2 eggs
  • Cinnamon, to taste


  1. Place the bread cubes in an oblong pan or baking dish.
  2. In another bowl combine the milk, vanilla, sugar, raisins, and eggs.
  3. Mix well then and then pour this mixture over the bread.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.
  6. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Aunt Dora

Aunt Dora

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