Bread and Butter Pudding: Quick Recipe to Use Up Stale Bread

Updated on March 24, 2020
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I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food and have cooked family meals for over 50 years.

Bread and butter pudding
Bread and butter pudding | Source

Bread and Butter Pudding: A Traditional English Dessert

It's hard to believe that you can turn a couple of slices of stale bread and a handful of raisins into such a delicious pudding, isn't it? But you can—just read the instructions below, and you'll see what I mean.

If you hate wasting food, then being able to use up stale bread in a tasty pudding will give you the added pleasure of being environmentally friendly as well as creating something your tastebuds will love.

It is very inexpensive to make bread and butter pudding, and this easy recipe is very suitable for a beginner to try out. Even a child could make it successfully.

Takes Only 5 Minutes!

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Cooking Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 3/4 pint milk (you can use 1/4 pint of water and 1/2 pint of milk instead if you wish)
  • 3 slices of bread, preferably thick
  • 1 handful raisins, currants or sultanas
  • Butter, to spread on the bread
  • 1 dessert spoon sugar, white or brown
  • 1/3 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon (optional)


  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan.
  2. Whilst the milk is warming, butter the bread.
  3. Cut the bread into pieces about 1.5 inches square.
  4. Lay about half the bread in a baking dish, so that the pieces are slightly resting on each other, and not flat along the bottom of the dish.
  5. Scatter half the raisins, currants or sultanas over the bread and down the crevices.
  6. Add the rest of the bread in a layer and scatter the rest of the raisins, currants or sultanas over the bread.
  7. Pour the warm milk (or milk and water mixture) over the bread.
  8. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top and add the spice.
  9. Put the dish in an oven on medium heat for 20 minutes until the top of the pudding is lightly browned.
  10. Serve the bread and butter pudding hot, with custard.
It's traditional to eat bread and butter pudding with custard poured over the top
It's traditional to eat bread and butter pudding with custard poured over the top | Source
To save time, double the recipe and make two batches of this delightful pudding!
To save time, double the recipe and make two batches of this delightful pudding! | Source

If you cook two dishes of bread and butter pudding together, you can store one to use later and save yourself some time.

Serving Suggestion: Custard

So whilst your bread and butter pudding is cooking in the oven, you can quickly make some custard, or otherwise you can buy ready-made custard in a carton or tin, where all you have to do is heat it up just before you serve up your pudding.

The brand I like is Bird's Custard Powder. I have been using it myself for 60 years, ever since I learned to cook. It has a smooth texture, is easy to use and tastes good.

You can also make your own custard at home
You can also make your own custard at home | Source

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      • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        2 months ago from London

        Yes, RoadMonkey, I noticed that most of the videos I checked out use eggs and melted butter, but when I was working in a restaurant I was taught to butter the bread, rather than melt the butter, and then just pour milk over the mixture, and eggs were just not part of the ingredients.

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        2 months ago

        I used to love bread and butter pudding as a child. I still do but my husband isn't fond of it. I made it with an egg. Never tried just milk without the egg. I always thought using up the fruit loaf after Christmas made an extra special luxurious version. Mouth watering now!

      • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        5 years ago from London

        Silly me - I've now corrected that, thank you Dressage Husband - 1/3 teaspoon of mixed spice or cinnamon (optional)

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        Stephen J Parkin 

        5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

        It looks good, but you mention adding spice in the instructions and nowhere in the ingredients do you say what or how much!

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        Kathryn Grace 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        Want! If only we had some bread in the house. We were away over the weekend and I haven't stopped since we got home to shop or to bake a new loaf. That looks SO good. Thank you for sharing your recipe, and thank you too for caring about food waste.

      • Elsie Hagley profile image

        Elsie Hagley 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        I have been making this pudding for years, great for feeding a large family. Just came across your recipe, on my list for tea tonight. Thanks for the memories.

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        Linda Crampton 

        6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love bread and butter pudding! I haven't eaten it for a while, though. Thanks for the recipe. I'll make some soon - and I'll definitely add custard!

      • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        7 years ago from London

        That's good news, 2patricias, and thank you.

      • 2patricias profile image


        7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

        Nice photos. I don't think I've made this without eggs. This would make a great 'last minute' dessert.

        I am including this in my Recipe Index for HubPages.

      • jennzie profile image


        7 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Great recipe idea! I've never heard of bread and butter pudding before reading this. Would definitely like to try this.

      • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        7 years ago from London

        Yes, it's really fast to make, apart from the cooking time.

      • moonlake profile image


        7 years ago from America

        This sounds good. My husband loves bread pudding. I will have to try it. It's an easy way of doing a fast dessert in the oven. I think I always make my bread pudding to complicated. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned.

      • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        8 years ago from London

        Cook it this weekend, whilst it's hot off the press, fresh in your mind, and pervading your senses!

      • frogyfish profile image


        8 years ago from Central United States of America

        A different recipe for bread pudding, but sounds easy and simple to fix. I do want the custard on it - yum. Thank you for sharing your quick recipe.

      • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

        Diana Grant 

        8 years ago from London

        I hope you enjoy it - it's lekker (see, I was in South Africa too!)

      • Tony Flanigan profile image

        Tony Flanigan 

        8 years ago from East London, South Africa

        After Teresa and my daughter, YOU are my favourite woman. I have been looking for a bread and butter pudding recipe the way my Mother used to make it - and THIS IS IT! Thank you so much for this recipe!


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