Best Bread Pudding [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Bread Pudding is a classic recipe that uses simple ingredients, resulting in a moist and tender dessert. It’s deliciously creamy and puffy, topped with a vanilla cream cheese glaze.

What we love about this Bread Pudding is its moisture and simplicity to make. It can be served as dessert, or for a brunch party and its a great way to use some leftover bread. If you are in a hunt for perfect creamy dessert, we have a few to pick from. Like our Banana Pudding Poke Cake, Apple Pudding Cake or Brownie Trifle Pudding.

Bread Pudding Recipe

Easy Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding is a great way to use some bread in a dessert form, even leftover bread will work great in this recipe. You basically cut it in cubes, dry it in the oven for few minutes, and bake it into the custard mixture. Then top it with the most delicious vanilla cream cheese glaze, for the perfect finish!

This delicious homemade pudding is creamy and perfectly sweetened and spiced. We used some raisins and cinnamon to give it a richer and denser flavor. Another great thing about this recipe is that you can assemble it a day ahead of time, and when ready just put in the oven and bake it.

Ingredients for Bread Pudding

  • Loaf of bread
  • Eggs
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Raisins
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar

Easy Bread Pudding Recipe

How to make Bread Pudding:

For exact measurements, please follow the recipe card below. Also, watch the recipe video tutorial attached and see how easy it is. The general steps are as follows:

  1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the bread into about 1-inch cubes. Then, spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and spread the bread cubes evenly. Set aside.
  3. Next, in a mixer bowl, combine together the ingredients: eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon and heavy cream. Mix until well combined.
  4. Then, pour the mixture on top of the bread cubes. Add the raisins to the mixture if desired, and toss with a rubber spatula to evenly coat. Pour the melted butter evenly over the surface. Let rest for 60 minutes to 24 hours, for the bread to absorb the mixture.
  5. After, place the pudding in the oven and bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until set in the center.
  6. Let cool 10 minutes then top with vanilla cream cheese glaze.

Homemade Bread Pudding Recipe

How to best serve bread pudding?

This recipe is best to be served warm or room temperature. In addition, for extra flavor, add some whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on top.

How do you store bread pudding?

Wrap the baking dish with the bread pudding with plastic wrap, or transfer to an airtight container Tupperware container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Tips and Tricks:

  • The bread you use should be a little dry. If the bread is freshly baked, cut it in cubes, and spread it out on a baking pan, and put in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 250°F. This will dry it out and you will avoid a soggy bread pudding.
  • Also, you can use any bread for this dessert. For example, French bread, wheat, Challah, or brioche bread, will be perfect.
  • We used raisins in the mixture. Best to soak the raisin in boiling water for 25-20 minutes then drain, before tossing them into the mixture. However, they can be skipped if not a raisins fan.
  • The bread pudding can be assembled 24 hours in advance. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to bake.

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5 from 15 reviews
Best Bread Pudding
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 55 minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf  1-2 days old bread  (French baguette or Challah)
  • 5  eggs 
  • 1/2 cup  white sugar 
  • 1/2  brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  nutmeg 
  • 2 cups  whole milk 
  • 2 cups  heavy whipping cream 
  • 1/2 cup  raisins  (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (melted)

Glaze

  • 1/2 package  cream cheese  (softened to room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (softened to room temperature)
  • 3 cups  powdered sugar 
  • 5 tablespoons  milk  (or heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 tablespoon  vanilla extract 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and spread the bread cubes evenly. Set aside.

  3. Cut the bread into about 1 inch cubes.

  4. Next, in a mixer bowl, put together the following ingredients: eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and heavy cream. Mix until well combined.

  5. Then, pour the mixture on top of the bread cubes. Sprinkle the raisins (if using) evenly on top. Toss with a rubber spatula to evenly coat and gently press the bread cubes down under the mixture.

  6. Pour the melted butter on top, try to distribute evenly.

  7. Let rest for at least 30 minutes, best for 60 minutes or overnight, for the bread to absorb the mixture.

Bake:

  1. After, place bread pudding into the preheated oven and bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until set in center. The bread should slightly spring back when pressed.

  2. Remove from oven when done and let cool 10 minutes then glaze with vanilla sauce.

Cream Cheese Glaze - optional

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter for a few minutes until creamy and combined.

  2. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Beat until fully combined. Stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. The mixture should be smooth, with no lumps.

  3. Drizzle the glaze on top of the warm bread pudding OR the glaze can be refrigerated in a piping bag and piped on top of the bread pudding slices right before serving.

Calories: 465 Carbohydrates: 76 Protein: 11 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 105 Sodium: 487 Potassium: 322 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 46 Vitamin A: 595 Vitamin C: 0.4 Calcium: 211 Iron: 2.5
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Susan Dubose

I love food made from simple and easy-to-find ingredients, especially with bread. And this cream layer does look wonderfully.

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This is so simple, yet delicious!

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Heather

Oh my gosh this one looks heavenly. I can't wait to make it and eat it! Last time I made it with chocolate chips and it was so good.

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Chocolate chips are delicious in this recipe!

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Candy

Bread pudding is a classic and really is so good. Easy to make and you can make ahead and serve 

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Lian

I am not usually a bread pudding fan, but your recipe looks so yummy! I agree with you. When I do enjoy a bit of bread pudding, it has to be warm!

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thank you, its so good!

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Alli Smith

That looks so good! I didn't grow up eating bread pudding but as an adult, I love trying all the different varieties and I'm looking forward to making yours. Yum!

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Tomi C

OMG! This looks so good. I love bread pudding. I have a friend who bakes the best and has a homemade whiskey sauce that is so rich and creamy and OMG!

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Terri Steffes

I LOVE bread pudding! I'm loving the cream cheese glaze, for an extra added taste! I love the simplicity of it.

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Terri Beavers

My goodness, you just reminded me of how much I love bread pudding. I need to make some of this Friday when I'll have company after Thanksgiving.

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Tasheena

This recipe would be perfect for my Thanksgiving dessert table. I can't wait to give it a try.

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Amber Myers

You know, I've never had bread pudding before. I really should try it. This sounds so delicious.

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Pam

I really love bread pudding. I haven't made it in forever though, so I need to try this recipe.

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Brianne Manz

I have never been one to love bread pudding. But after seeing yours I just might give it a try again with your recipe.

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ricci

Oh my! Now this looks delicious!! I need to try this recipe for a holiday party I'm going to soon!!

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Ashley

I've never made my own bread pudding but I do like it a lot lol. I'll save this and try it out for myself

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Lisa Favre

I never made my own bread pudding and that has to change! It doesn't look too hard at all and the ingredients you used are very accessible.

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Your bread pudding looks like it came out amazing. I love the cream cheese glaze you topped it with. I think that's the perfect choice.

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Jolina

We love bread pudding. It transforms stale bread into something wonderful! And this looks deliciousssss.

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Gervin Khan

Pudding in one of our favorite afternoon snacks when I was a kid and until now we still tried to make but not only for us it is also for our kids. Delicious!

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swathi

Bread pudding looks delicious, great holiday breakfast ideas. I would like to try it .Best part is we can feed a crowd if we double or triple recipe

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Rosemary

You have me salivating!! I love bread pudding...it is one of my favorite childhood desserts. I always thought it was complicated to make, but looking at your recipe it looks fairly easy. Definitively pinning this to make this holiday season. yum!

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Karly

This looks so delicious and easy too!

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Marty

What is the glaze or sauce you pour over top of the dessert after you put the cream cheese glaze on? It looked like syrup but I doubt that it is.

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its just maple syrup

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