The Best Bread Pudding

Total Time:
25 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
24 hr 10 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large beaten eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cubed Italian bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brandy
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.

Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, butter, and pecans.

Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.

For the sauce:

Mix together the granulated sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar is melted. Add the brandy, stirring well. Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.


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I made this tonight. Very good, with the sauce or without the sauce!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just finished making this bread pudding and it's very simple.Although there's alot of bad comments,I still think it's a easy little recipe.Just use less sugar.Overall great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I guess I'm southern so much I licked the spoon and wanted more. I used rum (only because that is what I had and did not want to go to the store. This is the next thing to having my Grandmother. Hmmm good. Thank you Paula for sharing this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The bread pudding was great! I made it without the sauce and I still found it too sweet. Next time I'll use 1 1/2 cups of sugar instead of 2 item not reviewed by moderator and published
there may be people on here that do not understand how to bake or cook, or they just don't cook or bake often enough to understand what means what... or how to cut recipes without them becoming icky or not coming out correctly. there should be people WHOM DO KNOW how to do these things, they should be helping others with their talents and knowledge. not pulling people down. everyone has different taste buds, and like different foods. no need to be nasty. this is a friendly review area to help each other understand the dish better. i personally have not tried this yet, that is why i give it a one star. will review again if it will let me once i actually try the recipe. : ) having eating!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so delicious! But, there is NO need to put the sauce (Extra butter & sugar) on top. It is great without it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to use this recipe do fix the bad pumpkin bread recipe that I made. The pumpkin bread turned out dry, bland and not sweet. So I cubed the pumpkin bread and substituted it for the bread in this recipe (yes, I let it dry out over night but it didn't have far to go LOL). I added cinnamon to the egg mixture that the bread soaked in but then followed the recipe explicitly. It turned out really, really well. I think I would reduce the sugar as well. But with the current amount of sugar, it does cause me to eat less at one time!! LOL Try it with dried pumpkin bread...it's good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sickly sweet. I wish I'd read the reviews before I made it. It was so sweet as to be inedible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't have brandy! I'm only 20. haha. Can I use rum extract? item not reviewed by moderator and published
best I have ever eaten.. ;YUMMY!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why would you rate this recipe at all, let alone give it one star if you haven't even made it???? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This review does not make any sense...why one star?? if you have not tried it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
idk, Kate - the sauce is really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will give that a try..something new and different...thanks for the idea. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YES, a SMALL bit of extract goes a long way!! maybe a TEAspoon or so would be plenty : ) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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