Saturday, February 23, 2013

Grandma's Bread Pudding and Caramel Sauce

I was trying to think of something for dessert last night and homemade bread pudding was my choice. Our Dad was not a dessert lover but bread pudding was one of his favorites. Our grandma made the best bread pudding, hope you like it!

5 cups slightly dried out bread, any kind. I used Italian bread. 
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 T vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Caramel Sauce Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
  • Cut the bread in cubes. I cut some of the crust off (on about half of the bread). Place bread into a greased casserole dish or an 11x9 inch pan. Add raisins. 
  • Microwave milk and butter about 4 minutes on 60% power or heat in a saucepan over medium heat on the stove.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Slowly add the mixture to the egg and milk and butter mixture. Whisk together. Pour over the bread and raisins. Let it soak into the bread for about 30 minutes. 
  • Heat oven to 340F. Bake for about an hour. Your pudding should be set in the middle. You may have to adjust your time depending on your oven. 
  • Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. 
Sauce Directions:
This is my basic caramel sauce recipe I use for caramel rolls, ice cream topping, lattes, etc. You can store it in a glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator.
  • Place all ingredients (except the vanilla) in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat on the stove. Stir only until the sauce comes to a full boil, it only takes about 5 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. 
  • Spoon over warm bread pudding and serve.
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi


  1. Anonymous1/16/2014

    I have been looking for a recipe for bread pudding that uses Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and have not been able to find it again, so thought I would try your recipe using those rolls. Your recipe sounds absolutely fabulous so hope I don't mess it up. My question is, what would be the best way to reheat this to serve it warm? Thank you for your recipe!

    1. I always prefer to reheat mine in the oven. I usually use glass or corning cookware. Mine takes about 20 minutes at 300F in the oven for an entire recipe. Otherwise, you could reheat it in the microwave if you are heating individual servings. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Anonymous12/25/2014

    Wonderful Caramel sauce! It turned out perfectly!

    1. So happy to hear that! It's my favorite!

  3. Anonymous2/09/2015

    I love this recipe! I use day old biscuits for the bread. It comes out very dense yet soft and buttery on the bottom. The caramel sauce is so easy. I don't use all of the sauce on the bread pudding because it's so sweet but it keeps awhile in the refrigerator and is yummy on pancakes, waffles, pies and even popcorn! My husband doesn't like raisins so I leave them out. I think I'll try it with mini dark chocolate chips next time.

    1. I love your ideas for the caramel sauce! I'm going to try it on my waffles and popcorn. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us!

  4. This looks yummy! Can you use sourdough?

    1. I would try any of your favorite breads for this recipe.

  5. I made this with homemade mincemeat. They raved and beg for me to make it all the time. I stirred in a whole cup of the mince.