Traditional Birthday Bread Pudding

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Traditional Bread Pudding dusted with sugar.

PSA: I’m on summer holidays! Well by holidays I mean no school…so I’m back!


I made this bread pudding for my brother back in April for his birthday. His approach to the bread pudding reminds me of how much I’ve been sucked into the world of glitz and glamour pastries.

A square of traditional bread pudding.

Me: So, what kind of bread pudding do you want? There’s a really great caramel toppi…

Brother: Uh, just bread pudding.

Me: I..Oh..well what kind of toppings/fillings? You can get nuts, white chocolate chips, raisins, there’s really an endle…

Brother: No really, bread pudding. Traditional bread pudding. JUST that.

Me: I..Oh..okay. Not even a crumble topping?

Brother: …

Me: OK OK.


So I went as traditional as possible – all the way to a Williams-Sonoma book recipe. Yes, I love him that much that I resisted putting a SINGLE sprinkle on it. I had to glam the picture up a bit though. Oops. I’m hopeless.

Side shot of bread pudding slice on a white plate.

Anyhow, I LOVED the taste of this bread pudding. I used french bread for mine and sort of eye-balled just high I should be pouring these ingredients. Of course it’s a recipe for a reason Jessica…no idea why I thought it would pour over.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had traditional bread pudding; it was such a genuine taste that I swear the Romans were making it for me.

Okay, maybe not because I’m sure stale bread back then wasn’t our “day-old” bread. And they probably didn’t use full cream or raisins or powdered sugar…

Of course I added powdered sugar in typical modern day sense and added a wee-bit of rum.

Sprinkling sugar on slice of pudding.

Okay, a bit more than a wee-bit. My slice had a lot more than a wee-bit. Don’t tell anyone please.


I’m so happy to be blogging again! I hope you enjoy this recipe and all the others I have coming up soon!

A slice of bread pudding on a white plate.

Traditional Bread Pudding

I LOVE the taste of this bread pudding. I used french bread for mine and sort of eye-balled just high I should be pouring these ingredients.
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, british
  • 12 slices day-old baguette cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  • Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Spread the bread cubes in it.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well blended. Pour in the milk and whisk until combined. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes. Let stand, pressing down on the bread occasionally, until it is evenly soaked, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 350°F.
  • Scatter the cranberries evenly over the surface of the soaked bread and press to submerge the fruit. Set the baking dish in a large, shallow roasting pan. Add very hot tap water to the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
  • Bake the pudding until a knife inserted near the center comes out almost clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Generously dust the top of each slice with confectioners' sugar. Serves 8.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 583IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 3mg
by Jessica

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  1. Looks yummy. I haven’t tasted bread like that. We only have ordinary breads here.

  2. Tianna says:

    this looks delicious!!

  3. Sana Sadiq says:

    OMG!! Mouth watering <3 GIG xoxo

  4. Becky Ann says:

    Yum! Ny Nan used to make something similar so this post reminds me of my childhhod 🙂
    <3 Becky #GIG

  5. Sam Lanuza says:

    I’ve eaten a bad pudding and since then I don’t eat at all. haha weird me but that looks delish. 🙂

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  7. Autumn says:

    I love bread pudding! It’s my Dad’s favorite dessert so I’ve eaten a lot of it in my life. 😉

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  9. Miriam says:

    yes, this is the recipe i aawyls make, it doesn’t taste healthy at all. just give the white whole wheat a chance and you won’t know the difference (kroger brand my fav). Oh and on Sunday I busted out the bread machine and made some home-made bread. What????? Our house smelled like a bakery. Did you get one of those for your wedding? You should consider unboxing it again!

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