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How to Make Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

old fashioned bread pudding

Make Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a delicious dessert, breakfast, or snack that is super easy to make. It’s filling but not too sweet and can even be dressed up with a drizzle of maple syrup or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My Mom made this simple custard dish often when I was a kid and it never lasted long! I made a batch recently and jotted down my recipe to share. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🍞

A Simple & Versatile Dish…

The following recipe is super simple to make and requires very few ingredients, yay! It’s a great way to use extra eggs and milk, plus you can turn stale bread into a scrumptious treat. 😋

It’s also really easy to change things up with this recipe. You can replace the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, sugar, and raisins with savory ingredients like shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, and Italian seasoning for a quick dinner or hot breakfast.

I love the raisins for their natural sweetness but If you don’t like raisins, replace them with dried apples, nuts, or just leave them out. Increase the sugar or add a sweet topping if you want a more decadent dessert. For holiday treats, replace the milk with eggnog or whole milk and increase the nutmeg to 2 teaspoons. 🥚

Not sure you want to make a whole batch of bread pudding right now? Try my Eggnog French Toast recipe!

If you are trying to reduce your sugar or fat intake, you may leave the dried fruit out and reduce the sugar or replace it with the equivalent of your favorite sugar replacement, such as stevia. You can also use skim milk to reduce the saturated fat content if you like.

These are just a few ways that you may customize this yummy recipe! Leave a comment if you have suggestions for making this recipe your own. ❤️

old fashioned bread pudding

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

This delicious custard dish makes a filling breakfast, dessert, or snack and is a great way to use stale bread and extra eggs or milk. Leave the raisins out if you're not a fan, or replace them with nuts or other dried fruits.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 12


  • 8 eggs beaten
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, optional
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 8 cups stale bread, torn into 1" pieces about 10 slices
  • 1 cup raisins, optional or other dried fruits or nuts


  • Grease a 9 x 13" pan with butter, margarine or oil. Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit.
  • Place bread pieces and raisins or other dried fruits and nuts in the pan and set aside.
  • Add eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to a large bowl and whisk together. Pour mixture over bread pieces.
  • Place pan in a preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Bread pudding is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean but moist. Cool pudding for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftovers and use within 3 or 4 days for best flavor.


This recipe is very versatile and can be changed to suit your tastes.
Use skim milk to reduce fat and reduce the amount of sugar, or replace it with stevia or another sweetener.
For holidays, try replacing the milk with eggnog and increase the nutmeg to 2 teaspoons for a special treat.
Add walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds for an extra boost of protein.
If you don’t like raisins, try replacing them with dried apple, pineapple, or mango pieces… or leave the fruit out entirely.
For a savory dish, omit the sugar, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Add 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or adobo seasoning, 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, and 1 cup chopped green onion to the bread pieces and toss together before pouring the egg mixture over the bread. Sprinkle the top with 1 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese.
Bread pudding – ready to go in the oven!

Make Bread Pudding and Other Treats from Scratch!

Just like most people, I’ve occasionally picked up some pre-made packaged treats from the store when I was short on time. It’s nice to have the convenience but it sure gets expensive to buy prepared foods. That’s one of the reasons that I try to make many of my own foods from basic ingredients. Cooking from scratch also helps reduce our household waste.

However, the #1 reason that I make most things from scratch is… FLAVOR! Homemade just tastes better. Plus, it’s how I grew up. We made almost everything from scratch… I’m so glad my parents taught me how!

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So why not try your hand at this simple, easy-to-make bread pudding recipe as another way to live a simple life?!

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