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Bread Pudding

Whether you're in the UK, Mexico, or here in America, you can't go wrong with this holiday favorite.

Bread Pudding


For the Pudding:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large beaten eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of orange zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 cups cubed Italian bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup liqueur, brandy or whiskey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.
  3. Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla, zest, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, butter and pecans.
  6. Pour bread mixture into prepared pan.
  7. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. For the sauce: Mix together the granulated sugar and butter. Turn heat low and/or remove from heat for five minutes.
  10. Temper in the egg and vanilla in a saucepan. Keep heat low otherwise you will scramble the egg.
  11. Stir together until the sugar is melted.
  12. Add the liquor, stirring well.
  13. Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.

Quick Notes

To “temper in the egg” means to bring the temperature of the egg mixture up closer to the temperature of the hotter ingredients you will be mixing it with to prevent the egg from “scrambling”. You need to add a small amount of the hot ingredients to the egg mixture, a little at a time, to bring the temperature up, until it is safe to add to the hot ingredients.

Healthy It Up

Any liquor can be used to make the sauce. I have tried it with Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Frangelico and more. My family and I all agree the Frangelico is not as strong and nicely complements the bread pudding.

Tags: bread, Dessert, fig, holiday, pudding

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