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Elegant Bread Pudding

At holiday potlucks, our whole family looks forward to my sister-in-law bringing this best-of-the-season dessert. The scrumptious caramel sauce is a unique touch.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 10 cups cubed croissants or French bread
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • Arrange bread cubes evenly in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with raisins. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, half-and-half cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest; pour over bread. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • For sauce, in a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and whipping cream; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Serve bread pudding in bowls with caramel sauce and whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 377 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • clarkson
    Dec 4, 2016

    Made this for a Christmas Potluck one year and have been getting requests to bring it ever since! Very elegant indeed.

  • calicocatz
    Jan 1, 2012

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  • baknfool
    Feb 4, 2009

    I recently made this and substituted half & half with vanilla creamer and used dried cranberries and chopped walnuts. It was a hit! Next time I may try another dried fruit!Baknfool-Ohio

  • LindaInAZ
    Jan 20, 2009

    I don't normally keep whipping cream in my 'pantry'. Is there anything that I can use instead of the whipping cream?

  • diana_60_tn
    Jan 5, 2008

    Copied, will be making this tomorrow. Thanks...Diana