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Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce


Today is my dad’s birthday and we are celebrating with his favorite dessert-Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce. I love celebrating birthdays, especially when dessert is involved:) And we love celebrating my dad because he is the BEST dad on the planet.

My dad came to visit us for Christmas and we made this bread pudding on Christmas Day. We’ve both made bread pudding before, but not together, and we wanted to perfect our recipes. Well, we did it because we both loved this bread pudding and so did everyone else at the dinner table.

My dad keeps asking me for the recipe, I wrote it down in my secret blog notebook, and told him I would share it soon. Well, soon ended up being February, but hey, it makes a great birthday present:)


So what makes a perfect bread pudding? We started with stale French bread. You want to use stale bread so the bread will absorb all of the custard. If you don’t have stale bread, you can toast it in the oven to dry it out. You don’t want a soggy bread pudding, or at least I don’t:)

We also made sure we added plenty of cinnamon and raisins. If you don’t like raisins, you can leave them out, but if you know my dad, you know raisins are his favorite food. I think that is why bread pudding is my dad’s favorite dessert. It’s just another excuse to eat raisins:)

We made a simple vanilla custard sauce to pour over the bread pudding. Don’t skip the sauce. You will want to lick it off your plate.

Dad-we are sticking a candle in your piece of bread pudding and singing happy birthday! We hope you enjoy your special dessert and special day. We love you!

And if you don’t have a birthday to celebrate, you can still enjoy Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce. It is the perfect dessert for winter. You can’t beat a warm piece of bread pudding with a drizzle of vanilla custard sauce. Comfort food at it’s finest!


Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Bread pudding with cinnamon, raisins, and a vanilla custard sauce.


For the Bread Pudding:

1 loaf stale French bread,cut into 1-inch squares (about 7 cups)
3 cups 2% milk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup raisins
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Vanilla Custard Sauce:

1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon rum extract, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put the bread and milk in a large bowl and mix until all of the milk is absorbed.

2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice together. Pour the mixture over the bread and stir to combine. Gently stir in the raisins.

3. Pour butter into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan with the butter. Pour in the bread mix and bake for 40 minutes, or until the bread pudding is set and the corners are slightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack while you make the custard sauce.

4. To make the vanilla custard sauce, heat the milk and cream in a medium saucepan until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks until combined and a light yellow color. Temper the egg yolks by whisking in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture, until you've added about half of the cream mixture. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the pan with the remaining cream mixture and stir over medium heat with a wooden spoon until the custard thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum extract, if using.

5. Cut the bread pudding into squares and drizzle vanilla custard sauce over each piece.

Note-the bread pudding is best served warm.

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71 Responses to “Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 1, 2013 @ 3:45 am

    Happy Bday to your dad. It’s my daughter’s bday tomorrow! I love love love bread pudding and would happily make this as a cake for her but a strawberry cake is in order per her request. But this is a perfect dessert for me..the vanilla custard sauce is the icing on the cake. Literally!

  2. marla — February 1, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    Yay! Happy B’day Dad!! Such a sweet way to celebrate :)

  3. Ashley — February 1, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    Happy birthday to your dad! And I would love a big bowl for breakfast, please!

  4. Emmanuelle — February 1, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    A happy birthday to your dad! Today is my son’s birthday too, and we celebrated it with a chocolate and caramel, hazelnut and choc chips brownie! One if his favorites!

  5. Happy Birthday to your Dad! Love bread pudding! Haven’t had it in ages. Yours looks so good!! I may have to make some this weekend!

  6. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — February 1, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    Happy Birthday to your Dad! What a fun post to honor his day–and finally share the recipe!

  7. The Hungry Housewife — February 1, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Ahhh. Happy Birthday to your Dad!!!!!
    Dads are the best.
    Love the bread pudding Maria.

  8. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — February 1, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Yum! This bread pudding looks amazing and I totally agree, I’d lick the bowl, my plate, and anyone else’s for that sauce! Can’t wait to try this one myself :).

  9. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — February 1, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    This looks soooo good, especially with the custard sauce! I could eat this for breakfast right now. :)

  10. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 1, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    loving this recipe!

  11. Jan & my wooden spoon — February 1, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Special birthday wishes to your father!! Your bread pudding with the vanilla custard sauce sounds & looks like perfection. This will definately be a “must make” here in my kitchen this winter ~ thank you for sharing!!!

  12. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 1, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Happy day to your dad!! I love bread pudding also..maybe its a dad thing :)

  13. najwa kronfel — February 1, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I’m sure he will love it, it looks delicious! Happy bday to him!

  14. Happy Birthday to your dad, sounds like a great guy! This bread pudding looks heavenly with the custard sauce over the top!

  15. Jenna — February 1, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Vanilla custard sauce? Awesome. This sounds over the top good

  16. HeatherChristo — February 1, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I love bread pudding! but haven’t thought about it in ages! Thanks for posting this lovely recipe!

  17. Cookbook Queen — February 1, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    This looks SO GOOD. Bread pudding is one of my favorites!! Happy Birthday to your dad!!

  18. Julie @ Table for Two — February 1, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I LOVE bread pudding, i would drink that vanilla custard sauce in a heartbeat! happy birthday to your daddy :)

  19. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 1, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Oh, how I looooove bread pudding! It looks luscious!

  20. Heidi @foodiecrush — February 1, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Bread pudding is my favorite, and very appropriate for this weekend with the Super Bowl being held in New Orleans, ‘Nawlins baby! Your dad is a good man to wait this long for your recipe 😉

  21. Jamie — February 1, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Maria, this is a lovely breadpudding recipe and the flavors do make it pefect with this beautiful custard sauce.

  22. Gaby — February 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    LOVE me some bread pudding!!!

  23. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 1, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I love, love, love bread pudding and yours looks fantastic. Love that sauce!

  24. Deborah — February 1, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    My husband is the ultimate bread pudding fan. I need to make this for him!

  25. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 1, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Wishing I had this for dessert! Nice themed pinterest button!

  26. Amanda — February 1, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Happy Birthday to Dad!! Sounds like he is an amazing guy!

  27. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — February 1, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    This looks absolutely yummy!

  28. Rena — February 1, 2013 @ 11:19 am


  29. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper — February 1, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Yum! This looks like a great bread pudding – not too soggy! I’ve honestly never made bread pudding myself, but perhaps I’ll give this one a go!

  30. Carrian-Sweet Basil — February 1, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I am always pulled in by a sauce, and this one is a vanilla custard sauce! YUM!!!

  31. The Kitchen Edition — February 1, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    Yum – brings back sweet memories of the bread pudding my mom used to make at her restaurant. One of the great winter comfort foods.

  32. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 1, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I had bread pudding for the first time a few weeks ago (I’m embarrassed to say that) but it was so good!! I always thought I’d hate it. This sounds delicious…

  33. naomi — February 1, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Happy birthday to your dad! He sounds like an awesome guy. Have a great day celebrating- by the looks of the bread pudding you’re off to a great start.

  34. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 1, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    That sauce on top is what gets me, yum!

  35. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — February 1, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I absolutely *love* bread pudding! And I’m sure the custard sauce takes this one right over the top. Delicious!

  36. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 1, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    This sounds absolutely lovely! Awesome recipe!!

  37. Deb Burris — February 1, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    If I see your dad at the office today – I’ll wish him a very happy birthday, and of course, tell him how much I enjoy your blog!

  38. Kara — February 1, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    This looks yummy! My dad is just like yours, he loves raisins. I bet he would love this too!

  39. Happy birthday to your Dad! What a delicious recipe to celebrate with.

  40. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — February 1, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    I’ve been loving bread pudding the last few years. This looks scrumptious!

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