Southern Bread Pudding Recipe
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Southern Bread Pudding Recipe

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I used to teach in a cooking school, and this was one of the most popular recipes. We often made bread pudding to serve as the final touch to a meal. I've added a few variations over the years, and my family loves it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 469 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 171mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein .


  1. Place raisins in a small bowl; pour water over. Let stand for about 10 minutes to soften; drain. In a bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla and raisins. Pour half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Butter both sides of bread; arrange in a single layer over egg mixture. Cover with remaining egg mixture. Combine cinnamon with remaining sugar; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar; cook and stir over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in cream. Return to the heat; cook and stir 8-10 minutes longer or until thickened and golden-colored. Serve warm over a slice of bread pudding. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southern Bread Pudding in Country Extra September 1993, p49

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becky66 16385
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"This was a new way to make bread pudding for me - it was very easy and had a good flavor, and so did the butter sauce. I prefer bread pudding to be a little thicker, so next time I might double the recipe and layer it."

LynGriff 14553
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"this is by far my husband's favorite bread pudding recipe! Very rich and wonderful. The sauce is amazing!"

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