This bread pudding recipe is a great choice for those looking for a hassle-free weekend breakfast.
This recipe takes the bare minimum of effort to prepare. You only have to mix all the wet ingredients together, add these to the bread, and bake.
But first, here are some interesting facts about this satisfying, sweet treat.
What Is Bread Pudding?
In many countries, bread pudding is served as a sweet dessert and has historically been a good way to use up old bread.
The recipe often contains a mixture of egg, milk, heavy cream, butter, and sugar. Soak stale bread in this mixture, let it absorb the liquid so that it becomes soft and flavorful.
Adding raisins, chopped nuts, and spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg can give your bread pudding a difference in textures and complex flavor profile.
You can also make savory bread pudding using only egg, milk, heavy cream, butter, and salt. Toppings such as ham, cheese, or caramelized onions are great additions to the pudding, making it delicious, satisfying, and wholesome.
Although bread pudding is most often served as a sweet dessert, we decide to turn it into a breakfast or brunch option here. This adaptation is perfect for the weekend, as it requires hardly any effort to make and can satisfy your sweet tooth as well.
Is This Bread Pudding Recipe Healthy?
As mentioned, bread pudding contains mainly bread, dairy products, and sweetener. This means that it is full of calories, carbohydrates, saturated fats, and added sugars.
That being said, there are ways to make it a bit healthier than it sounds:
- Limit the amount of added sugar: We cut down on sugar as much as we can. Our pudding has enough sugar to be sweet and delicious without exceeding your recommended added sugar intake.
- Pay attention to sodium: Although this recipe doesn’t have any salt, there is still sodium in the bread. It would be best to keep the sodium level to a minimum and leave out the salt.
- Add fresh fruits: We only use apples in this recipe, but you can use other types of fresh fruits. Try adding strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or peach to add flavor, fiber, and micronutrients to your bread pudding recipe.
- Add nuts: Nuts are a great source of fiber and protein. Both can slow down the otherwise sudden rise of blood sugar levels when having sweets for breakfast.
Calories in Bread Pudding
There are 456 calories in one serving of our bread pudding. This is just enough calories for breakfast and enough to sneak in a glass of juice as well.
According to our healthy eating guidelines, a female adult can eat up to 600 calories for breakfast. A male adult, on the other hand, can eat up to 700 calories.
With a slice of bread pudding and a glass of refreshing juice, you’ll have energy to function properly the whole day.
Best Types of Bread for Bread Pudding
We cannot name “the best type of bread” for a bread pudding because everyone has their own preference. However, we can suggest a few types of bread that are widely available and perfect for today’s recipe:
- French baguette: with its natural crispy crust and chewy, lightly dense texture, a leftover baguette is perfect for bread pudding.
- Whole wheat/sourdough/rye/multigrain bread: these types of bread are dense and packed with fiber and micronutrients. Using them in your bread pudding can be a great way to sneak more fiber into your diet.
You can use any type of bread you want. However, we wouldn’t recommend using regular white bread in a bread pudding recipe.
When soaked and baked, white bread will create a soft, spongy bread pudding and won’t have the lovely thick, crunchy crust that makes this recipe a winner.
Bread Pudding Ingredients
Here’s list of all the ingredients for today’s bread pudding recipe:
For the pudding mixture:
- Whole egg
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Whole milk
- Cinnamon powder
- White sugar
- Baguette bread
- Fresh apples
For the caramel sauce:
- Unsalted butter
- Heavy cream
- Brown sugar
If you want to customize the recipe to your preference, here are some things you can change:
1. Apple and Other Fruits
We suggest fresh gala apples, but you can use whatever fresh fruits you have on hand. This includes fresh berries, peach, or banana; whatever is in season give them a try!
2. Raisins and Other Dried Fruits
Other than raisins, there are many other types of dried fruits that go well with bread pudding. Dates, prunes, currants, or apricots can be great alternatives to try.
3. Milk and Dairy Products
For those who are lactose intolerant, you can try dairy-free milk, yogurt, and heavy cream. We recommend using nut milk, cashew cream, and a squeeze of lemon to mimic that tangy yogurt taste.
It will not taste the same, but it’s much lighter, extra nutty, and can relieve your stomach problem.
How to Make Bread Pudding
Here is a brief summary of our bread pudding recipe:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Mix bread, apples, raisins, and chopped walnuts.
Step 3: Combine egg, Greek yogurt, whole milk, white sugar, and cinnamon powder.
Step 4: Add the wet mixture into the bread mixture and fold all ingredients together until the liquids are evenly soaked into the dry ingredients .
Step 5: Put the soaked bread into the baking dish.
Step 6: Mix the remaining white sugar and cinnamon powder. Sprinkle on the top of the bread pudding.
Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 8: Make the caramel sauce. Allow the sauce to cool before use.
Step 9: Remove the bread pudding from the oven. Drizzle the sauce over the pudding and serve.
Detailed instructions and full measurements are available below.
How Long to Bake Bread Pudding
Our bread pudding takes 30 minutes to bake in a 350°F oven. However, cooking time may vary slightly depending on different ovens.
You may need to use an oven thermometer to read the temperature correctly. If you don’t have one, a good rule of thumb for baking bread pudding is to cook it slowly.
Set your oven to 350°F and bake until the pudding is golden brown and has a crunchy crust on top.. The baking process usually takes 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Sauce for Bread Pudding
Did you know that there’s more than one sauce that can pair perfectly with bread pudding? Here are a few honorable mentions:
1. Caramel Sauce
You can never go wrong with a classic homemade caramel sauce. It’s rich, sweet, decadent— simply perfect for a slice of warm bread pudding.
If you’ve never made caramel sauce at home, no worries. We will guide you through the making process.
2. Whiskey/Rum/Bourbon Sauce
Adding alcohol to the classic caramel sauce can change the bread pudding flavor and make it richer and a bit more decadent. You can choose either whiskey, dark rum, or bourbon, and it’ll enhance your caramel sauce nicely.
Keep in mind that 0.5 to 1 fl oz of alcohol is enough for a 4-serving caramel sauce recipe.
Cook your caramel sauce as instructed. Once finished, add the alcohol and stir vigorously to incorporate; you may need to use a whisk to emulsify the ingredients smoothly.
3. Vanilla Sauce
This sweet, off-white sauce is like a cousin to the classic caramel sauce. They both contain sugar, heavy cream, and unsalted butter.
The only differences between the two sauces are the addition of some high-quality vanilla and a bit of sugar.
For the caramel sauce, you may want to use brown sugar to get that dark, rich tawny color. However, we want to give the vanilla sauce a milky color, so granulated white sugar is the best option.
Cook your sugar in butter until just dissolved. Don’t cook it any further. Otherwise, you’ll caramelize the sugar and change the color of the sauce.
4. Lemon Sauce
Unlike the sauces mentioned above, the lemon sauce is not caramel-based. It has a fresh, tangy, sweet flavor and pairs nicely with bread pudding.
The ingredients for a lemon sauce are granulated sugar, cornstarch, water, unsalted butter, grated lemon zest, and its juice.
All these sauces contain lots of added sugar and saturated fat from heavy cream and butter. You should eat them in moderation to avoid over-consumption of added sugar and saturated fat and the calories associated with both.
What Else Goes Well with Bread Pudding?
If you’re looking for ideas to kick this bread pudding up a notch, we have a few suggestions:
This decadent cacao product goes well with almost any sweet treat, and bread pudding is no exception.
Dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips are the best fits. All you need to do is mix them in with the bread pudding and put it into the oven.
The chocolate will melt into knucks and crannies of the pudding— giving you an incredible gastronomical experience in every bite.
If you’re not a big fan of walnuts, try pecans instead. They’re rich like walnuts but are slightly more buttery and not crunchy.
Pecans also don’t have that slight bitterness that walnuts sometimes leave behind.
3. Ice Cream
Warm bread pudding and ice cream is an indulgent, satisfying food combination. When the ice cream melts and seeps into the pudding, it creates a whole new flavor profile and makes the perfect dessert.
You can pick your favorite ice cream flavor or go with the classic vanilla ice cream. But no matter what type of ice cream you choose, be sure to calculate and monitor your calorie intake.
Meal Plan with Bread Pudding Recipe
Bread pudding is a dessert, so it is usually served after the main course at dinner. You may not need to pair it with any side dish.
However, we figure bread pudding could make a perfect breakfast for times when you wake up with a sweet tooth.
That being said, the pudding wouldn’t make a nutritious meal on its own. And it isn’t enough to fill you.
You’ll need a drink to wash it down and provide you with more nutrients. Therefore, we suggest serving this bread pudding with a glass of icy pomegranate blueberry juice.
This refreshing, sweet, and sour beverage goes well with almost anything. It’s also packed with micronutrients, especially vitamin C.
Vitamin C plays an important role in boosting the immune system. This antioxidant may help prevent various health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Also, a refreshing juice is a great way to start your day on a strong and healthy note.
Our morning meal plan of bread pudding and pomegranate blueberry juice is both healthy and delicious. We’ve given you the details below:
|Bread Pudding||Breakfast||456||5.7 g||295 mg|
|Pomegranate Blueberry Juice||Beverage||145||0.2 g||5 mg|
|Total||601||5.9 g||300 mg|
How to Store Bread Pudding
There are two ways to store bread pudding.
You can just put the whole baking dish in the fridge. Cover the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
If your fridge doesn’t have enough space, divide the pudding into one-serving portions and put them into airtight containers. That way, you can easily stack the containers on top of each other in the fridge to save room.
The second method is convenient for those who want to grab a quick bite on the go. Also, this makes it easier for you to reheat the bread pudding later as well.
Can You Freeze Bread Pudding?
Yes, you can. Bread pudding freezes well and can last up to 1 month in the freezer.
Here’s how to freeze bread pudding:
Allow your bread pudding to cool completely before putting it in the freezer. Cut it into serving portions and put it in freezer-safe containers— either an airtight container or a Ziploc bag is fine.
Using an airtight container to store your food will prevent the food from getting freezer burned.
Freezing each portion in separate containers also allows the pudding to freeze faster. It will be easier for you to take out single portions and thaw for eating later.
We also recommend freezing the caramel sauce separately. Put it in a freezer-safe jar, and it’ll keep well in the freezer for two months.
Both frozen bread pudding and caramel sauce can defrost completely in the fridge overnight.
If you would like to see more healthy dessert options, see our collection of delicious dessert recipes.
Bread Pudding Recipe
- 1.55 oz egg 1 medium
- 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder divided
- 4 tsp white sugar divided
- 6 oz baguette bread cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 oz apples diced
- 3 oz yellow raisins
- 3.1 oz walnuts roughly chopped
- 3/4 tbsp unsalted butter softened, plus more to butter the baking dish
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Brush a baking dish with softened unsalted butter or spray it with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, toss together the bread, apples, raisins, and chopped walnuts. Set aside.
- In another bowl, add egg, Greek yogurt, whole milk, 3 tsp white sugar, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder. Whisk to combine. Pour this mixture into the bread and fold to distribute evenly.
- Put the soaked bread into the prepared baking dish. Pat it down gently with the back of a wooden spoon for a roughly even surface.
- In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 tsp white sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top of the bread pudding. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce: in a small saucepan, melt unsalted butter and brown sugar over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, add heavy cream, turn off the heat, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Allow the sauce to cool before use.
- Once the timer rings, remove the bread pudding from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes. Drizzle the sauce over the pudding and serve.