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Vanilla Bread Pudding
A delicious way to use stale bread

Vanilla Bread Pudding

Vanilla Bread Pudding is a simple dessert recipe and a tasty way to use stale bread. Soft baked bread soaked with creamy vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Bread Pudding
If you love french toast, I am 100% sure you will love this simple baked bread pudding. The interior is soft and moist, while the exterior remains crunchy and golden-brown. For this recipe, feel free to use your favorite bread, but make sure to use one with a soft(er) crumb. This recipe is excellent for a family of four for a quick and affordable weeknight or weekend dessert. In summer, we love serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and some fresh berries, while on colder days, we simply dust it with powdered sugar right before serving.

Fantastic recipe to soften stale bread

There's nothing sadder than stale bread going to waste. We can relieve it with a few simple tricks and recipes. One of them is this quick and easy recipe for the best Vanilla Baked Bread Pudding. We believe you will like it:

  • the exterior of the pudding is golden brown and perfectly crunchy
  • the vanilla mixture hugs every piece of bread, making it soft, moist, and incredibly flavorful
  • this recipe is tested with a gluten-free Schar bread so you can easily make it gluten-free
  • perfect for bread lovers and those who adore comforting desserts
  • 7-ingredient recipe containing very accessible ingredients

Vanilla Bread Pudding

Vanilla Bread Pudding

How to make bread pudding at home

The active preparation of this recipe will take about 5 minutes. It's so easy to make it, and the ingredients are probably already in your pantry. You will find the complete list of ingredients and the method below. Here we're going to walk through the steps, so you can see better how to make it step by step.

  1. Preheat the oven and grease a baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, whisk to combine all the ingredients, except for bread.
  3. Cut the bread into slices and soak in the vanilla mixture. If possible, let the bread soak in the mixture for a couple of seconds.
  4. Arrange the bread in the baking dish and pour the rest of the vanilla liquid all over.
  5. Bake in the oven until golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Optionally serve this beautiful Bread Pudding with a luscious homemade vanilla sauce

What type of bread to use for this Vanilla Baked Bread Pudding

Choosing the proper bread for baked Vanilla Bread Pudding is essential. These are great:

  • Brioche Bread
  • Challah 
  • White Sandwich bread
  • White Toast
  • Hokkaido Bread (our favorite)
  • Milk Bread (with or without raisins)
  • other gluten-free bread. For this recipe, we used this Schar bread.

Soaking the bread for Vanilla Bread Pudding

Soaking the bread for Vanilla Bread Pudding

Vanilla Bread Pudding before baking


Store the bread pudding in an airtight container, refrigerate for up to two days. Before serving, reheat in the microwave or an oven. 

Vanilla Bread Pudding

Vanilla Bread Pudding

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Lets get cooking!

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  • preparation

    Grease a deep 10 cm x 20 cm or 4-inch x 8-inch baking dish with butter. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 180 °C or 350 °F.

  • soak the bread

    All ingredients should be at room temperature. In a bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, milk, melted (and cooled) butter, sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla paste, and cinnamon powder. Cut the bread into 1 cm (1/2 inch) slices. Soak each bread slice in the mixture separately. Ideally, leave it to soak for a couple of seconds and up to a minute. This is essential to ensure a moist texture.

  • bake

    Drain the bread and arrange it in the prepared baking dish. Pour the vanilla mixture over the bread. Place the baking dish over a baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven in the middle rack. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes at 180 °C or 350 °F or until golden brown.

  • serve

    When the bread pudding bakes, remove it from the oven and set aside for a few minutes. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar then cut into slices and serve with fresh berries, if available.


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