Old Fashion Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

I have made this old fashion bread pudding with vanilla sauce for decades. Ultimate comfort food. I mean, what’s not to like:  bread, egg custard, plump raisins, and vanilla sauce.

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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce

Old fashioned bread pudding recipe is a family favorite. This is a very old bread pudding recipe from the family archives that is wonderfully creamy and absolutely scrumptious!

A Recipe Perfect for Stale Bread

It happens to all of us. After a few days, the fresh baked bread is no longer fresh. It can become dry, crumbly, and stale.

That is the perfect bread to use in this mouth watering recipe.

cubed bread
Cubed bread

Bread for the Recipe

Day-old bread is perfect for this recipe.

Sturdy breads are a good choice. I like to use cottage bread or something even hardier like

  • Brioche
  • Italian
  • Ciabatta
  • Sourdough
  • French bread.

The bread should be a good tasting bread that you like. You could also mix breads. Maybe you have been saving some stale pieces in the freezer.

The bread needs to hold up to the egg and milk mixture as all of the custard goodness will be soaked up.

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Fruit and Nuts for Recipe
Fruit and Nuts for Recipe

Fruit and Nut Alternatives for This Dessert

This recipe uses raisins; however, there are so many other fruit and nut options that would be very satisfying as well.

  • Craisins
  • Dates
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
Dessert Served with Vanilla Sauce and Ice Cream
Dessert Served with Vanilla Sauce and Ice Cream

Serving This Bread Pudding Dessert

At our house, we all have our favorite ways to eat this dessert. I like it both warm and cold with the vanilla sauce. Sometimes, I will sprinkle walnuts or pecans on top for extra flavor.

My husband likes it warm with the vanilla sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Yet, our daughter likes a little of the vanilla sauce and whipping cream.

Old Recipe Book

This original recipe was from the Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book -- the old version. I tweaked it slightly and added the vanilla sauce. However, this cook book is still my go-to recipe book and has been for decades.

Old Fashion Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

I have made this old fashion bread pudding with vanilla sauce for decades. Ultimate comfort food. I mean, what’s not to like:  bread, egg custard, plump raisins, and vanilla sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, Comfort food, Dessert, easy, Make ahead
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Bread Pudding

  • 4 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Melted
  • 4 Eggs Slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 12 Cups Bread Cubed. About 12 slices
  • 1 Cup Raisins

Vanilla Sauce

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Tsp. Corn Starch

Instructions

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

  • In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, butter, cinnamon and salt.
    Sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt
  • Stir in milk
    Adding Milk to the mixture
  • Cube the bread.
  • Stir in bread cubes and raisins. Stir in milk mixture. I like to let the bread soak up the milk mixture a few minutes before pouring into greased 9 X 13 pan.
  • Bake uncovered 45 to 60 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean.
    Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

Vanilla Sauce

  • While the bread pudding is cooing, make the vanilla sauce.
  • Add the sugar, cold water, vanilla, and corn starch to a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, then remove from heat. 
    Vanilla Sauce

Video

Old Fashion Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
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4 thoughts on “Old Fashion Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce”

    1. Thank you for asking. I have it in the video and skipped over this little detail on the recipe card. It is 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I hope you get a chance to make this delicious dessert.

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