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 User ID: 1915904 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 User ID: 2653460 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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