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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Indulging in a warm, comforting dessert like bread pudding is like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket on a chilly evening. This classic recipe is a delightful combination of simple ingredients that come together to create a decadent treat. The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through the kitchen as it bakes is simply irresistible!


  • 250 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) butter or ghee
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) salt
  • 6 cups (1.5 liters) soft bread cubes (about 6 slices of bread)
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) raisins, to taste
  • Whipped cream (heavy), as desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F). In a 2-quart (1.9 L) saucepan, heat the milk and butter over medium heat until the butter melts and the milk is hot.
  2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add bread cubes and raisins, stirring gently. Then, pour in the milk mixture, ensuring all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a deep, ungreased baking dish.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge of the pan comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use whole milk or alternative milk substitutes?
    • Yes, you can use whole milk or any milk substitute like almond milk or coconut milk, depending on your dietary preferences or restrictions.
  2. What can I use instead of raisins?
    • You can substitute raisins with dried cranberries, chopped nuts, or even chocolate chips for a different flavor profile.
  3. Is it necessary to use soft bread cubes, or can I use stale bread?
    • While soft bread cubes work well and can absorb the custard mixture evenly, you can also use slightly stale bread. Just ensure it’s not too hard, as it may affect the texture of the pudding.
  4. Can I prepare this recipe in advance and reheat it later?
    • Yes, you can prepare the bread pudding ahead of time and reheat it in the oven or microwave before serving. However, freshly baked bread pudding is always best.
  5. Can I adjust the sweetness level of the pudding?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste preferences. You can also use brown sugar or a sugar substitute if desired.
  6. What can I do if the top of the bread pudding starts to brown too quickly?
    • If the top begins to brown before the center is fully cooked, you can loosely cover the baking dish with aluminum foil to prevent further browning while allowing the center to cook through.
  7. Can I add other spices or flavorings to the custard mixture?
    • Yes, you can customize the flavor by adding spices like vanilla extract, cardamom, or even a splash of rum for a boozy twist.
  8. How should I store any leftovers?
    • Store any leftover bread pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave or oven before serving.


  1. For added richness, consider using brioche or challah bread for the pudding.
  2. Soaking the bread cubes in the milk mixture for about 10-15 minutes before baking can help ensure a moist and tender texture.
  3. Serve the bread pudding with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.
  4. Experiment with different toppings such as fresh berries, sliced bananas, or a dusting of cocoa powder to enhance the presentation and flavor profile of the dessert.

With its comforting warmth and irresistible taste, this Classic Bread Pudding is sure to become a favorite dessert for any occasion. Enjoy the simple pleasures of homemade goodness with each delightful bite!

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