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A slice of bread pudding with maple praline sauce on a white plate with a pan of bread pudding in the background.

BEST EVER Bread Pudding

Ashley
An insanely delicious bread pudding recipe made with French bread soaked in rich and creamy egg custard, lots of warm spices, and topped off with an irresistible maple praline sauce. This is the best bread pudding you've ever had!
4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Soaking Time 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 761 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Maple Praline Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Tear the French bread into about 1-inch pieces and place it in the buttered baking dish and set it aside.
  • Add the half and half, eggs, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Pour the custard over the bread, making sure all the bread gets covered.
  • Gently press the bread into the custard with a wooden spoon so that there are no dry spots, wrap the baking dish in plastic wrap, and refrigerate the bread pudding for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Take the bread pudding out of the refrigerator and sit it on the counter while the oven preheats.
  • Once the oven is hot, remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish, pour the melted butter over the bread pudding, and transfer it to the preheated oven. Bake the bread pudding for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown on top and set in the center.
  • While the bread pudding is baking, make the maple praline sauce by combining butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Once the sauce reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 7-9 minutes, or until the sauce is smooth and coats the back of the spoon, stirring regularly.
  • Stir in the pecans, vanilla extract, and salt and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove the sauce from heat.
  • Serve bread pudding warm with maple praline sauce spooned over top.

Notes

  • If using fresh bread, toast it in the oven for about 10 minutes to dry it out.
  • This bread pudding makes the perfect make-ahead or overnight dessert recipe. Assemble the bread pudding as directed and allow it to soak in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours until ready to bake.
  • The maple praline sauce can also be made a day or two in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Leftover bread pudding can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 761kcalCarbohydrates: 97.8gProtein: 14.8gFat: 35.8gSaturated Fat: 19.8gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 730mgPotassium: 381mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 55.1gCalcium: 221mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bread pudding, bread pudding with sauce, christmas desserts, make-ahead bread pudding, overnight bread pudding, praline sauce, southern bread pudding, thanksgiving desserts
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