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Bread Pudding

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Bread Pudding Recipe

When I Was Growing Up . . .

A family friend, Paul, nonchalantly mentioned that leaving a film of Ivory soap under ones arms would result in a fever by morning.

For YEARS my sister and I tried in vain to get it to work. We hoped and prayed and (most of all) scrubbed in hopes of a sick day at home with mom, but all we got for our efforts were very clean armpits. Thank you, Paul, for understanding the magic of home in the heart of a child and using it to get us clean. I’m sure my mom loved you for that.

If You’re Reading, Paul . . .

I’d like you to know home is still just as magical to me. There is more laundry than I remember but it is sweeter, too. When all Katie wants to do is play in the snow . . .

. .  and sweet Micah scooches himself up to watch her . . .

I make myself a bowl of old-fashioned bread pudding and rub dirt on my armpits. Because seriously, every day is a day at home with mom now . . . only I am the mom and you’re a liar. So there.

If you’re not Paul, I’d like to share this rustic dessert recipe with you. I hope it fills you with warmth and reminds you of the comforts of home.


Bread Pudding



  • Casserole dish (I double the recipe and use this one)
  • saucepan
  • spoon
  • stovetop/oven


1. Melt butter in a saucepan, then add milk/coconut milk/half & half.

2. In a separate bowl combine sucanat, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Whisk until well mixed, then slowly add milk mixture.

3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

4. Sprinkle with raisins, then pour batter on top of bread.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set in center. Serve warm.

Bread Pudding Sauce (Optional)


  • 1 cup half & half or cream
  • 1/8 cup sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt


Place ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes, then pour on warm bread pudding.

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33 Responses to Bread Pudding

  1. Haha! This is hilarious. I remember trying similar things to stay home when I was younger! Most of those little “tricks” were useless. This recipe sounds good. I was wondering if it might be good with sprouted grain bread…or perhaps too dense. Sourdough sounds better, but I haven’t perfected the art of making my own yet.
    -Kaitlin (P.S. just realized why my gravatar was never working….bc I put my real name instead of the farms…duh…hopefully it will work now!)

  2. Meredith says:

    Can I use raw organic sugar in place of sucanat, since I don’t have it on hand?

  3. Daniel says:

    For the record, a story I’ve never heard before.

  4. i MUST try this! i used to work at the Opus restaurant at the Meyerson symphony in Dallas and it was the first place I’d ever had bread pudding. I ate it almost every night after we closed. I’ve never had any better. Maybe this will come close =)

    • Heather says:

      I worked at Pappadeaux through college and they made a fabulous bread pudding as well . . . from stale bread, of course! It’s one of the most delicious ways I know to prevent waste. :)

  5. Colleen Smith


    I’m on a cooking spree with my just finished vanilla, so must try this — especially since I forgot about the two loaves of bread I meant to temporarily put out of reach of my little one who smashes bread. The top of a deep freeze was not the place to hide bread & forget about about until 2 days later. I try telling my family it’s only hard on the bottom, but they won’t eat it. Maybe as bread pudding they will. Thanks for sharing. Looks so yummy!

  6. Heather says:

    ” . . . my little one who smashes bread” – That phrase made me laugh out loud! Bread pudding is the perfect way to salvage your freezer bread, in fact you might not even mind it getting frozen/smashed or otherwise harmed so much from now on :)

  7. latisha says:

    oh my i’ve missed you. i’m officially trying to dive back in to blogging. we’ll see how it goes. i think i need to bake some bread just for this. it sounds perfectly scrumptious. goodness.

  8. ok so i made this for breakfast today! i missed the part about letting the milk/butter cool before mixing it into the rest, but then figured i wouldn’t have wanted to wait anyway. it turned out delicious! will definitely be keeping this one around =) i might even try adding apples…

  9. Tana says:

    I am always on the prowl for the perfect bread pudding recipe. Going to try this one tonight! Have you tried putting any fruit into this recipe?

  10. Kristine


    Sounds good! Love the pictures!

  11. Shantell


    Should it be covered when it goes into the oven?

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  16. Patricia A Dixon via FB


    Next I come to visit Bread Pudding is my request. I love it.

  17. Dee Freel via FB


    I’ve never had bread pudding. lol

  18. I just made a savory bread pudding for dinner tonight: Bacon Cheddar and caramelized onions.

  19. Mandy Matsumoto via FB


    I wish I could pin this!

  20. Lena M. via FB


    I looked for a pin link & didn’t see one :(

  21. My Son loves Bread Pudding,his grandmother would make it for him..I’m glad you shared this recipe..

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    Popa Teodora mmmm

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  24. Dawn


    Think this would work with any gluten free breads?

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