Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

by Merissa on November 11, 2015

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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

Guest Post from Hilary Bernstein.

No other dessert makes me feel as homey as bread pudding does.

When I moved eight hours from my parents and was just starting to create my first home, I made bread pudding when I felt homesick.

I spent quite a few weekend evenings cubing loaves of cheap white bread and learning how to bake the cinnamon goodness in a water bath.

Much has changed since those nights in my apartment, but I still love bread pudding. I don’t make it as often as I did, but when I do, I use better ingredients – and create a better tasting bread pudding for chilly days.


Choosing bread for your pudding

The key to a good bread pudding is a good bread. I like to use a loaf of homemade bread, but specialty breads like cinnamon swirl are good. Be sure to use a yeast bread – not a quick bread.

Once you’ve chosen your bread, it helps if it’s stale. If your bread still is fresh, simply toast it a little in the oven. After it’s toasted (or stale), cube the bread and set aside.

To turn your bread cubes into pudding, you’re ready for the next step: Combine milk and butter, then heat until the butter melts.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and salt.

Now comes the moment you’ve been waiting for – combine all three elements. I like to stir the eggs with the bread first, then add the warm milk mixture. Pour it all in a greased casserole dish, then bake in a water bath.

What’s a water bath?

Creating a water bath is an easy baking process. Simply nestle a baking dish in a larger baking dish, then carefully pour water in the outside baking dish. Being careful not to spill, put the two dishes in your oven and bake. Be especially careful when taking the hot dishes out of the oven when the baking is finished – the water may splash and burn you.

Choosing add-ins

Bread pudding is tasty just with good bread and cinnamon sugar. But add-ins can create a fantastic taste. Try:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Toffee Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Banana slices
  • Berries
  • Chopped Apples

Old-Fashioned Homemade Bread Pudding

What You Need:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2¼ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Sprinkle of cloves
  • 6 cups of cubed bread


Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease a casserole dish.

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Ingredients

Heat 2¼ cups milk and ¼ cup butter over medium heat.

In a separate bowl, mix 2 eggs, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a sprinkle of nutmeg and cloves.


Cube bread and arrange in casserole dish. Stir in the egg mixture, then pour the warm milk mixture over the bread cubes.

Place casserole dish in a larger dish and pour water into the larger dish to create a water bath.

Bake for 40 minutes.


Hilary Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama and writer who believes homemaking should be simple ... not stressful. She writes about creating a happy, healthy home at HilaryBernstein.com.. Hilary is the author of several healthy living eBooks.

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1 Barb Wright November 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I have always loved bread pudding..hubby not so much. We ate it often growing up. I am sure it was economical to feed 8 kids,and we had the ingredients on the farm plus mom’s homemade bread. I guess hubby’s family didn’t eat it. Maybe I will make some and try it out on him again!


2 Brenda Ross November 13, 2015 at 9:18 pm

In Australia I callings bread and butter pudding also a childhood favorite, we butter the bread and spread it with Jam (I think you call it jelly) then cut it up, usually only sprinkle the top with nutmeg. Yum I’m going to make it now for tonight. Thanks,


3 Hilary November 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm

That sounds delicious, Brenda! I need to try your recipe soon!


4 Lori Sullivan March 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Looks tasty. Baked red velvet cake. Very moist, & living up to it’s namesake, very velvety! We really enjoy the idea of getting a dose of manganese while satisfying our sweet tooth; did I mention the color?It’s breathtaking! You’ve really nailed this cake! Scientifically & satisfying. Well done lady! Can’t wait to try the Bread Pudding!


5 Janet Vinyard May 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

Hi Hilary, Your bread pudding sounds wonderfully delicious! I love chocolate chips in bread pudding! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Blessings, Janet


6 SaarBlogs May 8, 2016 at 3:18 am

Breadpudding is definitely one of my all time favourite deserts, but I’ve always made it the way my grandma does, which seems to be quite different from how you do it – definitely going to have to try this recipe the next time I make some!


7 Jess May 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

Oh man…I need to make this like yesterday! 🙂

I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group.

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


8 Christine May 9, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Your pudding is making me hungry! Loving this and definitely pinning and stumbling it too!
Thanks for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party. Have a great week!


9 Sarah May 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Oh YUM. It’s been way too long since I’ve made bread pudding!! I’ll need to try this recipe! ??


10 Emmi May 11, 2016 at 4:23 am

I’m coming over from Wonderful Wednesday Link up and I found this delicious recipe! I have to try this one! Thank you so much for this inspiration! I love traditional old-fashioned recipes and I think, they have to be carried on!
Have a nice day!
Greets from Northern Germany!
– Emmi


11 Lisa May 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

Imma gonna have to do this soon!!!!


12 Sue August 15, 2016 at 11:59 am

Forever ago, when I was growing up, my mother made custard bread pudding.This was back during the war years of 1940’s and later. As kids, my brothers and sisters (and me), loved this. I have never been able to find a recipe for it. Does anyone know how to make this, perhaps the generation from the war years? I would really love to be able to make this. It was delicious. Thank you.


13 Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom September 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

10k pins! Woww, that’s amazing. 🙂 Just added my own pin to that number!


14 Camille September 22, 2016 at 8:59 pm

You are right. Bread pudding reminds me of home. and apple pies too.
Your pudding looks sinfully delicious.


15 Emmi September 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Oh my!! This looks so delicious and I love old traditional recipes! I’ll try this 😉
Have a wonderful week!
– Emmi


16 Maria Parenti-Baldey September 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Wow! Have not seen good old fashioned bread and butter pudding for a long time. Thank you so much.


17 Megan September 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

I don’t believe I have ever had bread pudding, come to think of it! It looks delicious!


18 Dagne Goodwin January 25, 2017 at 11:52 am

We absolutely love this dessert. I save the heals of my bread and put them in a baggie in the freezer and when I have enough, I make this dish!!


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