Audrey is a cook who loves creating new flavors by tweaking recipes to include healthier ingredients.
How Hard Is It to Make Bread Pudding?
Making bread pudding from scratch is one of the easiest recipes I have ever encountered and one of the best desserts. It is definitely a comfort food and is a great winter or fall dessert that you can keep simple or really make elegant. You can make people fall in love with you if you make it!
The first time I made bread pudding, I had never even tasted it and made it for my brother-in-law. The recipe was a Betty Crocker recipe from the 1970s and involved toasting the bread, spreading butter on it, basically sandwiching it together, and layering it in a casserole dish. Then it called for pouring milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and raisins over that and baking. I had to admit the first time I smelled it baking I thought "wow—where have you been all my life?" It smelled wonderfully delicious and Irv was more than pleased with the result. It became my signature dish for years that I always made for him. He would just pour a little milk over the basic recipe that I made and call it certifiably delicious.
As the years have gone by, I have discovered more and more bread pudding recipes that are scrumptious and sinful in their many flavors and levels of expertise. This is a basic one and a simple one which I have lightened up with the ingredients. You can always add calories—but at this point in my life, I'm trying to lower them but still retain the flavor. One of my favorites is apple bread pudding or peach bread pudding and my husband's favorite bread pudding with caramel sauce! And then there is blueberry bread pudding! For a truly "out there" variation, try my recipe for breakfast bread pudding.
Bread Pudding Recipe
- 3-1/2 cups skim milk
- 3/4 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
- 3/4 cup egg substitute (or 3 eggs, beaten)
- 1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit such as apples, blueberries, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon butter melted (or use butter flavoring)
- About 5-1/2 to 6 cups of French bread or other dense bread cut into 3/4-inch cubes (or substitute bread cubes non-seasoned)
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
- Cooking spray
- After 1 hour, you will be baking at 350 degrees.
- Coat a 13 x 9 pan or baking dish with cooking spray.
- In bowl or large measuring cup, combine milk, sugar, eggs or egg substitute, raisins (or other dried fruit), vanilla, cinnamon, butter or butter flavoring. Whisk all thoroughly.
- Add bread cubes and toss gently.
- Let stand for 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add margarine or butter and toss gently.
- Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until pudding is set. (Bread pudding will look a little undone when you remove it from the oven because it needs time to "set up"—about 15-20 minutes but you can tell when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Just remove and let it do its setting up!
- Serve warm or at room temperature. Cut into 12 squares—place on individual dessert plates. Top with whiskey sauce.
- Investigate other variations—bread pudding is such a great dessert and you really can rarely "kill it."
- For elegance, you can serve in fancy dessert cups or add things like whipped cream in a dollop or shaved or drizzled chocolate, nuts, etc. It all depends on the meal preceding the dessert and the "flavor" you are setting for the meal.
Whiskey Sauce Recipe
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey or flavoring to match
- 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup water
- 2-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Combine sugar, apple juice, bourbon and margarine (or butter).
- Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
- Combine water and cornstarch. Stir well and add to apple juice mixture.
- Bring to a boil and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute.
Serve warm. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
peggy on November 19, 2017:
I made this pumpkin bread pudding with cinnamon raisin bread 1 full loaf and 3 cups of heavy cream 6 eggs and 1
tbsp pumpkin spice an 1/3 cup maple syrup TOO DIE FOR bake 375 for 40-50 minutes
whiskey sauce made 1/3 cup whiskey 2 cups heavy cream 3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar
jiro from India on February 26, 2012:
Thanks for the great recipe
kimberly Crocker from Southern New Hampshire on October 20, 2011:
this sounds very yummy, defiantly going to give it a try ! thank for sharing your recipe !
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 21, 2011:
Jacqui2011 - I used to make this for my brother-in-law all the time but without the whiskey - now I think I should have made it for him that way~ Go Scotland!! Love your country and wish sometimes I was Scottish instead of Danish~
jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on July 21, 2011:
Brings back a lot of childhood memories of my gran making us bread and butter pudding on a sunday. Great hub. Being from Scotland, I quite like the idea of adding whiskey to the recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on June 07, 2011:
LLW - Glad you like - bourbon sauce is great too~!
L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on June 07, 2011:
Bread pudding is a childhood favorite. Glad to have found this recipe with the unique whiskey sauce.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 28, 2010:
RM - Enjoy! I also have a breakfast bread pudding one on here somewhere that I absolutely love. People are funny about bread puddings though - they love 'em or they hate 'em - nothing in between....and hope you like the one you copied! Thanks so much for stopping by.
raisingme from Fraser Valley, British Columbia on July 28, 2010:
I am sending the link to this hub to my husband's email. One of his great delights is making and eating bread pudding. He just made one last weekend when my son and his girlfriend were visiting. I'll probably put on pounds after he is done working his way through this hub. That's okay because I weigh next to nothing!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 31, 2010:
Thanks sweetie1 for commenting - it is a great recipe but then most bread puddings I find are tasty!
sweetie1 from India on March 31, 2010:
it looks tasty, i m going to copy your hub in a ms word file and print it so i can try it out. thanks
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on January 19, 2010:
YES - peach bread pudding is my absolute favorite of all but then I'm pretty hooked on bread pudding! I just made Bob chunked chocolate bread pudding the other night and that is one of my 'upcoming' hubs though I'm going to try to revamp it for me - I can't eat chocolate - how far is that? Anyhow - thanks for tagging me on this. I love the whiskey sauce though have made bourbon sauce, too....
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on January 19, 2010:
Love that whiskey sauce idea - thanks so much - I'll try this. A friend did peach bread pudding which was outstanding. Mmmmm! What a satisfying dessert!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 14, 2009:
I think with the 'lighter versions' sometimes they compensate with more vanilla - same with some of my cookie recipes - and yes - delicious - my favorite is peach bread pudding but I could go on and on - there are too many! Thanks so much for stopping by - love your profile! Audrey
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 14, 2009:
I love bread pudding and I like it warm. This is the best comfort food ever. You use 2 Tablespoons of vanilla? That sounds like a lot. But I bet it's delicious. The whiskey sauce sounds great.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 14, 2009:
Thanks guys for stopping by - and the leftover biscuits sounds like a GREAT idea, too! Thanks for putting that in my head for future reference - will give it a try. Audrey
Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on December 13, 2009:
Sounds good, I'll have to try if but I make mines bread pudding with left over biscuits. thanks for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59
rkhyclak from Ohio on December 13, 2009:
I've never been a fan of bread pudding, probably because they haven't been good bread puddings, but this sounds amazing! If it tastes like I imagine it to taste it will taste NOTHING like yucky french toast! Thanks for this, I'm definitely going to try it!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 13, 2009:
While I was typing this up, I was reminded of the smell of it baking...yikes - think this will have to be on the list this week or next in my house, too. Thanks for stopping by - Audrey
suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on December 13, 2009:
Ooooh - Let me be the first to comment on how great this sounds. I'm going to make it soon - thanks.