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Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding

Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 8
Bread pudding is a delicious treat and an even better way to reduce food waste! For this bread pudding recipe, collect the heels and any extra slices of bread you have and freeze them. When you have enough to measure six cups (this is about six slices of bread), thaw the slices and start baking this warm and comforting bread pudding.
Updated March 15, 2021

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups soft bread cubes (about 6 slices bread)
  • 1/2 cup raisins, if desired
  • Whipping (heavy) cream, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat until butter is melted and milk is hot.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in bread cubes and raisins. Stir in milk mixture. Pour into ungreased deep round pan.
  • 3
    Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Serve warm with whipping cream.

  • Bread pudding is indeed an old-fashioned dessert, a comforting way to use up stale bread. Any type of bread makes a neutral base for a flavorful custard; use day-old sliced whole-wheat, raisin or sourdough.
  • Wondering how to make bread pudding pop? Try adding chewy dried fruit for a contrasting texture to the tender softness of the pudding. Dark or golden raisins, cherries, chopped figs or apricots add color and sweet-tart flavor.
  • Play with how you season the custard in this bread pudding recipe. Sweet spices are traditional, but you could take a savory turn with a few dashes of ground coriander, crushed fennel or anise seed. In combination with some cinnamon, they make for an intriguing dessert.
  • For a variation on bread pudding, skip the dried fruit and go straight to full-on indulgence by stirring in chunks of dark chocolate or white chips with the bread cubes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
200
Calories from Fat
80
Total Fat
9g
Saturated Fat
3g
Cholesterol
60mg
Sodium
280mg
Total Carbohydrate
25g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • Back in 13th century England, bread pudding was called “poor man’s pudding,” since it was made from stale or leftover pieces of bread. How times have changed! Now, smart home cooks who want to reduce food waste rely on this bread pudding recipe to help them create a delicious dish from scraps and just a few other simple ingredients. If you’ve ever made French toast (and even if you haven’t), you can make this recipe. This dessert is made with the most basic of ingredients: milk, bread, sugar. Feel free to mix-and-match the types of bread you use, including sandwich bread, French bread, croissants or even stale panettone. Check out the comments sections for more tips and suggestions from fellow home cooks who love this recipe for bread pudding and have found some clever adaptations. Find a few more ways to satisfy your sweet tooth among Betty's best dessert recipes.
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