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Beautiful brown toasty bread with a sweet custard soaked bottom layered to perfection in this all time favorite dessert is to die for. Bread pudding is sure to be a winner. Serve it up ala mode to complete the ultimate dessert.

Got left over bread? Use this simple recipe to turn leftovers into dessert. I’m always trying to find ways to reduce food waste and repurpose leftovers. What is your favorite leftover recipe? Leave a comment down below.

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What is bread pudding?

bread pudding

Bread pudding is a popular bread dessert with cubed pieces of bread baked in a simple custard until it is a toasty golden brown. There are many variations to making bread pudding, but the original is my favorite.

What is in bread pudding?

bread pudding ingredients

Bread (preferably a day or two old), evaporated milk, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Since bread is the shining ingredient, be sure to find one you like. I often find myself using the leftover loaf bread that is laying on the kitchen counter and it comes out perfectly every time. You can also opt to use challah bread or brioche. These are both hardy breads that hold up to all the liquid. As much as I love sweet bread, I find that using sweet bread makes this recipe a little too sweet.

bread pudding close up

What else can I add in?

You can make it on the sweet side with 

  • Sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Honey
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate

Or make it on the savory side with

  • Sausage
  • Mushroom
  • Cheese
  • Fennel
  • Corriander

You can also top this with a caramel drizzle or a sweet icing. I prefer it plain with a side of vanilla ice cream.

bread pudding square cut out of the pan

I got this yummy recipe from my husband’s dear Aunty Lovey. Her bread pudding can be found at family gatherings each time we would travel to visit the ‘ohana off island. Although her recipe called for raisins, I opted to leave them out since my husband is not a huge raisin fan. This would have to be one of my most requested desserts I make.

How to make bread pudding?

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Cube up the bread of your choice and layer into a greased 9X13 pan. The custard base is made with evaporated milk, milk, and butter heated on the stove until the butter is melted. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Slowly add the warm custard mixture into the eggs. Be sure not to add the custard too quickly or your eggs will curdle. Pour the mixture over the bread. I like to place the 9×13 pan on a cookie sheet to catch any overflow that may occur as the bread pudding rises. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.

bread pudding

Bread Pudding

Relle Lum
Beautiful brown toasty bread with a sweet custard soaked bottom layered to perfection in this all time favorite dessert is to die for. Bread pudding is sure to be a winner. Serve it up ala mode to complete the ultimate dessert.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 305 kcal


  • 1 loaf white bread cubed
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 12 ounce can of evaporated
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon separated


  • Pre heat oven to 350F.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Layer cubed bread evenly in baking dish and set aside.
  • In a pot heat butter, evaporated milk, and milk on medium high heat until butter is melted and mixture is heated through.
  • Remove from heat and place aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Slowly temper milk mixture into egg mixture.
  • Pour over bread.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon over the top of bread pudding.
  • Bake at 350F for 1 hour.


You can add in raisins before baking or top with ice cream over the warm bread pudding for the perfect ala mode dessert.


Serving: 1gCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 271mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27g
Keyword baked goods, bread pudding, desserts
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By on July 30th, 2019

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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7 thoughts on “Bread Pudding”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is one of my husband’s favorites. The crisp top and the soft create a pleasing texture and the simple cinnamon sugar flavor is reminiscent of childhood cinnamon toast breakfasts. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!


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