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Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding

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Photo of My Mom's Bread Pudding

Photo of My Mom's Bread Pudding

My mom used to make bread pudding in the morning, and that wonderful aroma would fill the house. It smelled so delicious; yet when she made it, we didn't want to eat it. That was because she would make her own "diet bread pudding" version. She would use Splenda instead of sugar, and she always added raisins to it.

Eating plain raisins is fine, but I don't like eating cooked raisins. Like most kids, I wanted real sugar used on everything. So we used to complain that it was cruel to make something that smelled so good that it actually made us hungry, yet it didn't taste very good.

So she started making a separate one for my sister and I. With that one, she used real sugar and didn't put any raisins in it. We were thrilled. We got to have an old-fashioned bread pudding that tasted every bit as good as it smelled.

When we got old enough to cook ourselves, we would make the diet bread pudding version that she liked for her breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. Even now that I have moved out, I cook up a batch for her and leave it with my Dad to give to her on Mother's Day morning.

If it's too hot to turn the over on, I will opt to make this in a slow cooker instead.


  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 slices of bread

For the Diet Version

  • Substitute sugar with Splenda or other sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup of raisins


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Put milk into a pot, and scald the milk.
  3. Beat together the egg, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add that to the milk and stir it in.
  5. Take an oven safe dish and grease it, or spray it with a nonstick spray.
  6. Break the bread into pieces, and put them into your oven safe dish.
  7. Cover the bread with the milk mixture.
  8. Put the dish into the oven.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for 20–25 minutes.

Ways to Enjoy This Dish

There are different ways that you can eat your bread pudding.

  • Fresh (Hot or Cold): You can eat it fresh from the oven, or you can put it in the fridge and eat it cold.
  • Breakfast: My grandmother likes to have it as a breakfast and as a dessert. So she makes it ahead of time and then puts it in the fridge. When she wants it for breakfast, she will take a couple of scoops of it, add a little milk, and then put in the microwave to warm it up a little.
  • Dessert: When she wants it as a dessert, she adds either caramel ice cream topping or whip cream to the top of it.

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Which Would You Prefer: Old Fashioned Bread Pudding or My Mom's Diet Bread Pudding?

Embeegee on May 25, 2014:

This is like bread and butter pudding, not real spicy fruity bread pudding.

julieannbrady on May 17, 2014:

Hmmm ... I am an old-fashioned kind of gal so I guess that would be my first pick.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on May 12, 2014:

Oh, definitely the old fashioned kind. I put cream in mine too. No diet going on here! But I love the story and that your mom would make a separate batch for her girls.

Johanna Eisler on May 12, 2014:

Of course, I would PREFER the old fashioned bread pudding... but I might use the Splenda version to keep my blood sugar on an even keel.

Thank you so much for posting this - I've been looking for a good bread pudding recipe recently, and I think this might just be what I was looking for! :)

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on May 11, 2014:

Yummy! I love bread pudding I haven't made it for some time, now I can smell it cooking even though I haven't started making it. Thanks for the reminder, must make one.

Ruthi on May 11, 2014:

I opt for the old-fashioned bread pudding with sugar, but I like the raisins too! Wonderful that your mom made this special for you and your sister and even more wonderful that you make mom's recipe for her--the way she likes it!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on May 11, 2014:

This makes me hungry for my own Mom's bread pudding! She always made hers with leftover biscuits, instead of sliced bread. Yummo! :) Happy Mother's Day!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on April 28, 2014:

This looks so yummmmmmmmmmmmmy!

WriterJanis2 on April 28, 2014:

This looks really good.

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