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Bread Pudding

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bread Pudding is one of those dishes that makes me sentimental. It’s a dessert that my dad would get whenever we’d go to a local buffet. I’d spy it at the dessert station, and I’d go back to the table and entice him with, “Dad, they have bread pudding.”  Every single time I make it I think of him. I’ve tested and tweaked various recipes, until I came close to perfection, and I’m sharing it with you today.

  • 3 to 3 1/2 c Italian bread, enough to fill the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 c milk
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg
For topping:
  • 5 Tblsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar, packed
  •  1 1/4 c pecan halves
For brandy sauce:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/3 c brandy

1. The day before, cube bread (good size cubes) and put in an uncovered bowl. Let sit on counter overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 340 degrees. (F)
3. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
4. Place bread in the baking dish.
5. In a bowl, beat 6 eggs. Mix in 1 3/4 c sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, and milk. Pour over bread, making sure all the bread is covered. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
6. Place the topping ingredients in another bowl and use a pastry cutter or wooden spoon to mix. Sprinkle over the top of the bread.
7. Bake uncovered for 50 minutes, or until the pudding is set.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you make the brandy sauce.
9. In a medium saucepan on low-medium heat, combine all sauce ingredients except the brandy. Once the butter and sugar are completely melted, turn the heat to low, stir in the brandy and mix continuously for 2 minutes. Pour over pudding.
10. Serve warm. (May be served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.)

*This is a sweet bread pudding. You can definitely reduce the sugar if you'd like.  

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12 Responses to “Bread Pudding”

  1. This looks fabulous! I love bread pudding and this is a terrific flavor combination. We are your newest followers. Thanks so much for linking to the Weekend Potluck! Have a terrific week!

    1. Thanks, Kim! I am loving the Weekend Potluck. Lots of yummy goodness to be found there. I'm a new follower of yours as well! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! My husband loves bread pudding, and I've never had a good recipe for it. I'm pinning it and I'm going to feature you at the next Grace at Home. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Yay!!!! You made my night :) Can't wait 'til tomorrow's link up. Thanks for hosting, and for featuring me! Have a great week!

  3. This sounds amazing! Haven't had Bread Pudding in a gazillion years, but this just might make it on the menu for an upcoming family gathering. I would have to make it for a crowd, so I wouldn't eat more than I!

    1. Hi Carol! Thanks for dropping in :) It's definitely a crowd pleaser, and that makes for built-in portion control. Great idea!

  4. Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts. This recipe sounds divine. I also love my mom's, made with a lemon sauce that's to die for.

    1. Ooooh!!! I've never had a bread pudding with lemon sauce. Sounds sooo delicious! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day :)

  5. I love bread pudding, but I've never made it! This makes me want to whip up a batch, it looks so good :) Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sundays! :)

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lorraine, and for hosting! Bread pudding is sooooo easy to make! Good comfort food on a cold day like today :)

  6. Just made this last. FABULOUS!!!!!!

    1. SO so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know. I love feedback :) Have a fantastic week!


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