Grandma's Bread Pudding Recipe

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Delicious old fashioned grandma's bread pudding. Easy to make and the most comforting way to serve a dessert when you feel nostalgic! I love it with bourbon sauce but it there are little ones eating this make the  vanilla version.

Old Fashioned bread pudding baked in the oven with a rich pudding sauce made with vanilla or bourbon

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Old Fashioned bread pudding baked in the oven with a rich pudding sauce made with vanilla or bourbon

One of the fondest memories growing up as a child is the smell of cinnamon and pure vanilla. Grandma always made bread pudding to get rid of old bread.  Whenever I smell them I think of grandma making this special treat. We usually had this on a cold day in Utica, New York area. I could eat that whole bowl of pudding topping which is the best part to me!

Here's her recipe:

4 cups bread cut into small cubed pieces day old preferred

1/2 cup raisins soaked in bourbon or rum overnight and drained (you can use vanilla instead if you wish)

2 cups milk

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 beaten eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Pudding Sauce for the top

1 /2 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or bourbon

Grease a deep casserole dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add cubed bread.

Melt the butter with milk in a small saucepan.

Place all remaining ingredients into the milk then pour over bread cubes that have been placed into the greased casserole dish.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes on 350 degree hot oven.

In the meantime, place the pudding sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and cook until mixture is boiling and thickens.

Serve this dessert warm. Spoon the pudding sauce over the top of baked warm bread that has been added into individual serving bowls. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


  1. I'm going to make this the next time I want bread pudding! I love the raisins are soaked in rum. :)

  2. Boy does this bread pudding sound amazing!! And that pudding sauce??? Wow!

  3. I love retro recipes like this! It's just like my mom's bread pudding from when I was a kid ... thanks for sharing, Claudia.

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious and a very clever way to deal with old bread! Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors and I also love cinnamon. And I definitely put more than a dash of it when I bake cannolis, a recipe that I got from my Italian mother.

    I'm also collecting classic recipes from the old country. And this would make a great addition to my collection. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. If you have more classic Italian recipes, especially from the Sicily and Lombardy regions, I'd really appreciate it.


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