Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Rate this recipe 
Average: 3.8 (4 votes)
Serves 6-8

One of the most comforting desserts is bread pudding. This version is simple yet stunningly flavourful. A moist creamy pudding that holds its shape when served and is accompanied by a luxurious vanilla sauce to pour over each serving. You can as well skip the vanilla sauce and serve the pudding warm with vanilla ice-cream.

5 cups
day old bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
(approximately 6-8 slices)
medium eggs
4 tbsp
melted butter
(60 gm)
1/2 cup
(100 gm)
2 1/2 cups
whole milk
(500 ml)
2 tsp
vanilla essence
zest of half a lemon
1/4 tsp
cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp
1/3 cup
pecans, chopped finely or raisins or a bit of both
(alternatively you can use cashews or hazelnuts in place of the pecans)
Ingredients for Vanilla Sauce
1/2 cup
light brown sugar
1 tbsp
plain/all purpose flour
2 tbsp
1 1/4 cups
whole milk
(250 ml)
2 tsp
vanilla essence
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon

Warm the milk on low heat with the sugar while stirring until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool completely. In a bowl, whip the eggs until frothy. Add the cooled milk, melted butter, vanilla essence, lemon zest, cinnamon powder and salt into the egg mixture and whisk together to combine. In a 7x11 baking dish, lay out the cubes of bread, keeping the crust facing up and scatter the nuts/raisins all over the bread. Pour the liquid mixture onto the bread. Then cover the dish and let the bread soak for at least an hour or two (in the fridge).

When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 170 C. 

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 mins. Then remove the foil and let it bake for another 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on it so that it does not burn. Once the crust looks golden brown over the top, remove the dish from the oven and let the pudding stand for about 20 mins before serving.

While the bread pudding is baking, make the Vanilla Sauce:

Whisk the sugar, flour, egg, butter, milk, salt and cinnamon together in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Heat over medium to low heat, whisking constantly until thickened and the sauce coats the back of a spoon. This should take about 10 to 12 minutes. Finally stir in the vanilla essence. Done!

You can let the sauce cool slightly before serving over the warm pudding.

Enjoy! :)


Assalam Aleykum. For the vanilla sauce, can I use white sugar? Jazakallah

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can.

Assalamu alaikum
I didn't understand the part where you said,
".....keep the crust facing up..."
Can you please clarify?
Secondly, should it be only 2 layers(bread underneath and pudding layer on top) or if we have some remaining bread, can we arrange it on the top ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, the brown parts of the bread can be placed facing up. And all the bread needs to be soaked in the milk mixture, so do not have dry bread layered on top.