Looking for an easy dessert dish that will also use your leftover bread? Look no further. This simple bread pudding recipe is an old southern comfort food dish that is easy to make as well as filling.
Best Type of Bread to Use for Bread Pudding
Traditionally, bread pudding is made with bread that would otherwise be thrown away. You can use left-over brioche or Challah bread. If you’re unsure what kind of bread to use, you can check out this Challah recipe. Any kind of bread you would use for french-toast will work. We are basically making a very sweet french toast in this recipe!
Truthfully, any kind of bread that has some kind of substance to it will do just fine. As long as the bread isn’t crumbling as your slice it, it will work.
Best Way to Bake Bread Pudding
One of the best parts of a bread pudding is the crust that forms on top after baking and the warm gooey inside that is created. You can let the bread and custard mixture sit for a bit so that the custard soaks into the bread thoroughly before baking.
Another way to make sure it’s crusty on the outside when it comes out of the oven is to use a deep baking dish. This will keep the center soft and keep the middle from getting dried out.
What to Serve with Simple Bread Pudding
There are many different ways to serve this simple bread pudding recipe.
When it’s fresh out of the oven, it’s best served with vanilla ice cream or earl grey frozen custard and a side of cold fresh berries. If you want a simpler dessert, this bread pudding can be served alone dressed with a little bit of powdered sugar.
Serving with freshly grated nutmeg is always a crowd-pleaser as well.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium saucepan, over medium low heat melt your butter and warm your milk and add your vanilla, sugar, salt and spices. Cook over heat until the butter melts and mixture is warmed through. While your milk mixture is warming, butter your casserole dish and add your bread.
- Take your milk mixture off heat and add your whisked eggs.
- Add egg and milk mixture to your bread. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top has browned and the custard in the middle is set.
- Serve warm with ice cream or let cool and serve at room temperature.
Did you make this simple bread pudding recipe? Tell me how it turned out in the comments below.