best bread pudding


BEST BREAD PUDDING

This classic bread pudding is rich, comforting, and perfect for dessert or even breakfast. It’s a delicious way to use up leftover bread and can be served with a variety of sauces, such as caramel, vanilla, or bourbon sauce.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed day-old bread (French bread, brioche, or challah works best)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or a similarly sized dish.
  2. Prepare the Bread:
    Place the cubed bread in the greased baking dish. If using raisins or chocolate chips, sprinkle them evenly over the bread cubes.
  3. Make the Custard:
    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, whole milk, heavy cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
  4. Combine Bread and Custard:
    Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread cubes, making sure all the bread is soaked. Gently press down on the bread with a spoon or your hands to ensure it absorbs the custard.
  5. Let it Sit:
    Let the mixture sit for about 15-20 minutes to allow the bread to soak up the custard. This step ensures a creamy and custardy texture.
  6. Add Butter:
    Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the soaked bread mixture.
  7. Bake:
    Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. The pudding should be set but still slightly jiggly in the middle.
  8. Cool and Serve:
    Allow the bread pudding to cool slightly before serving. It can be served warm, at room temperature, or cold.
  9. Optional Sauce:
    Serve with your favorite sauce, such as caramel, vanilla, or bourbon sauce.

Enjoy your delicious bread pudding!

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