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A piece of classic bread pudding on a white plate with raisins on top.
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4.34 from 6 votes

Bread pudding

Traditional bread pudding recipe is a homey, old school comfort food that can be served in breakfast, brunch or as a dessert. A delectable classic that will make your home smells like cinnamon-vanilla heaven.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 291.3kcal
Author: Amira


  • 1 cup of raisins.
  • 1/4 cup apple juice.
  • 1 loaf of bread.
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter divided.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • 1 cup white sugar divided.
  • 4 cups heavy cream or milk.
  • 4 eggs large.

The sauce:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter.
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar.
  • 1/4 cup apple juice.
  • 1/2 Table spoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup of apple juice.


  • Soak raisins in apple juice for about an hour or two.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 13x9 baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of butter.
  • Cut the bread in cubes, remove the crust if you want to. Spread the bread in the baking dish. Add soaked raisins and mix.*
  • Melt the remaining butter.
  • In a deep bowl, add 3/4 cup sugar sugar, cream or milk, butter, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix well until sugar almost dissolves.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the bread and press lightly to soak all bread, set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • In another bowl, mix eggs, remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and remaining vanilla extract.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the pan and carefully mix.
  • Bake uncovered in oven for 50-60 minutes or until a metal knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cut, serve drizzled with the sauce, ice cream scoop or as is.

To make the sauce: **

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, then add sugar and stir.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in the apple juice then add to the sauce pan.
  • Stir everything together for a couple of minutes until it thickens.


* I liked leaving the crust on as it crisps and give the pudding that top crunchy texture.
** Making the sauce is completely optional but highly recommended.
Nutrition Facts
Bread pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291.3 Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.7g20%
Sodium 179.9mg8%
Potassium 218.8mg6%
Carbohydrates 38.5g13%
Fiber 0.8g3%
Sugar 26.8g30%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Calcium 147mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 291.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.5g | Fat: 12.7g | Sodium: 179.9mg | Potassium: 218.8mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 26.8g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 147mg