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.
Bread pudding is tasty just with good bread and cinnamon sugar. But add-ins can create a fantastic taste. Try:
- Chocolate chips
- Toffee Chips
- Banana slices
- 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.
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.