The Best Bread Pudding Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 60 MINUTES

6 ratings
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  • 3 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 cups cubed Italian bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, plus 1/4 cup softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 egg, beaten, for the sauce
  • 1/4 cup brandy


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


Mix together 2 cups granulated sugar, 5 eggs and milk in a bowl; add 2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.


In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, 1/4 cup softened 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 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg, and 2 teaspoons 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.

The Best Bread Pudding


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6 Reviews

Shannon 4/1/2017
This recipe woul

This recipe would be perfect except it calls for WAY WAY too much sugar. 4 cups total? INSANE! Unfortunately all it tastes like is eating spoonfuls of white sugar.

Ms 12/26/2016
This recipe call

This recipe calls for WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR! The texture of the bread pudding was great. However, the excessive amount of sugar was a huge setback and distorted the flavor of the bread pudding. I will probably use this recipe again in the future. However, I will definitely decrease the amount of white and light brown sugar.

Amelia 11/24/2016
I've made this B

I've made this Bread Pudding recipe for several years now. It's become a tradition at Thanksgiving and Christmas every year! Every year my kids and grandkids ask me for it!
It is scrumptious! They practically eat it out of the pan. I can't get it to the dessert table fast enough!
Thank you Paula!
Amelia M., New York

Andrea 11/12/2016
So many options

So many options - this is a good base to get creative with too! We took it to church a everyone wanted the recipe! We used left over hot dog buns, added blueberries and some blueberry jam then crumbled muffins on top. It was out of this world! It is fun to experiment with for sure!!!

Tinna 8/30/2015
This recipe is d

This recipe is delicious!!! I used rum instead of brandy! Um,um good!

Sharon 12/13/2014
Can't wait to ma

Can't wait to make this. No brandy but this is a great looking recipe. I love the sauce.

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