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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 Recipe

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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34 Responses to Bread Pudding

  1. sanysidrofarms says:

    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!)

    • Heather says:

      Kaitlin – Any bread will work. Some may not be as moist (not sure about the sprouted bread) . . . in that case I’d just pour cream over the top. :)

  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. Joanna Moore says:

    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 says:

    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. Joanna Moore says:

    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 says:

    Sounds good! Love the pictures!

  11. Shantell says:

    Should it be covered when it goes into the oven?

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

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    I’ve never had bread pudding. lol

  20. Paul Hardiman via FB says:

    To die for

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

  22. Mandy Matsumoto via FB says:

    I wish I could pin this!

  23. Lena M. via FB says:

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

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

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    Think this would work with any gluten free breads?

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