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Bread pudding in a dish.

Bread Pudding Recipe

This Bread Pudding is a simple dessert for the holidays or weekend brunch. Made with pantry staples and stale bread, this dish is delicious served with custard sauce, powdered sugar, or dessert syrup!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread pudding
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 396 kcal
Author Anna


  • 14 oz stale bread about 5 cups cubed
  • 3 cups whole milk or half and half see note
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • butter for greasing the dish


  1. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. A 13" x 9" casserold dish will work too.
  2. Place cubed bread in the dish. See note below on drying bread if yours is fresh.
  3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, half and half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and eggs are mix well.
  4. Pour over the bread. Press bread down with a spoon so every piece is soaked in the egg mixture.
  5. Let the dish sit while the oven preheats to 350° Fahrenhite.

  6. Bake pudding for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes or so.

  7. Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with dessert sauce, like custard sauce or caramel.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have a fresh loaf of bread, slice it thick, then cube it into about 1" pieces. Spread them on a large baking dish and let sit on the counter overnight or bake in 200 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until dry.
  • I highly recommend using half and half for this recipe. It adds richness since it's part cream. You can also use a combination of whole milk and half and half. I do not recommend skim milk.
  • I use brioche bread, French or Italian bread. I don’t trim the edges off, just simply cut slice it into thick cubes. I do not recommend sandwich bread or sourdough.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Bread Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 535mg23%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 358IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 249mg25%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.