Dad’s Bread Pudding Recipe with Lemon Sauce

Old fashioned dessert with a sweet custard texture, my Dad’s Bread Pudding Recipe with Lemon Sauce is irresistible! You’ll love this classic dessert recipe.

Thick slice of bread pudding topped with lemon sauce and powdered sugar on a dessert plate.

When it comes to baking and desserts, my family usually puts me in charge! But many years ago my dad surprised us with this Bread Pudding recipe!

You may be wondering to yourself, what is bread pudding and how can you tell if it’s a great recipe?

What is Bread Pudding?

Dad’s Bread Pudding is an old fashioned dessert usually made with leftover bread. It’s cubed in a bowl with a sweet custard topping.

Most traditional bread pudding recipes have raisins, vanilla, and a sweet sauce to top it all off. (very different from rice pudding, in case you’re wondering, LOL)

After baking bread pudding, whip up the delicious Lemon Sauce recipe below!

Glass 13x9 baking dish with bread pudding topped with lemon glaze.

How to Make Bread Pudding

It’s best to use “day old bread.” Meaning, bread that has sat out for a day, becoming slightly stale.

If your bread is crazy soft, this dish can get pretty mushy (it’s already a soft custard texture).

To firm up fresh bread, bake for about 5 minutes in a 375 degree F oven. Set aside.

Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish (or 2 qt casserole dish).

In a large bowl, mix melted butter, cinnamon, and raisins. Toss the cubed bread in the bowl, mix gently, then spoon bread into baking dish, layering evenly.

In the same mixing bowl, beat eggs with granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and kosher salt. Add milk and whisk together.

Pour over bread cubes. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg.

Bake in 375 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned.

Lemon sauce being poured over baked warm bread pudding.

While baking, make the lemon sauce.

In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, butter, water, egg, and lemon juice over medium high heat.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil one full minute. Remove from heat.

To serve, drizzle lemon glaze over the warm bread pudding. ENJOY.

Slice of bread pudding on a silver plate topped with lemon sauce and powdered sugar.

Can I Make Bread Pudding in Advance?

Yes!

Assemble the easy bread pudding as directed. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight (or up to 24 hours).

When ready to bake, allow dish to sit on counter at least 30 minutes to take the chill off the dish.

Remove foil and bake. You may need to add 5-10 minutes to your baking time if your refrigerator runs extra cold!

Glass 9x13 dish with one slice of bread pudding missing.

What Sauce can I use for Bread Pudding?

If you don’t like lemon sauce, try this Bourbon Caramel Sauce. It’s so delicious and perfect on today’s bread pudding!

You can also try this Caramel Bread Pudding recipe for a different twist on a classic!

How Long Will Bread Pudding Keep?

If stored properly in the refrigerator you can enjoy your dessert for 3-4 days.

Just reheat each slice in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Close up of bread pudding dripping with lemon sauce on a silver plate.

Shopping List

  • 12 slices white bread, cubed (you can also use Cinnamon Swirl Bread if desired)
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins
  • Eggs
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Kosher Salt
  • Milk
  • Nutmeg
  • Lemon Juice

More Old Fashioned Classic Recipes

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you’ll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

Flaky pie crust filled with a creamy, sweet filling. This classic Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie recipe is a must try! Tastes like Creme Brulee in a pie shell.

Watergate Cake: pistachio, coconut, and pudding in a delicious layer cake!

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Yield: 16 servings

Dad's Bread Pudding

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Old fashioned dessert with a sweet custard texture, my Dad's Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce is irresistible!

Ingredients

FOR THE BREAD:

  • 12 slices white bread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cup milk (hot)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter 2 qt baking dish or 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Combine bread cubes with melted butter, cinnamon and raisins. Place in bottom of baking dish. Beat eggs with sugar, vanilla and salt. Add hot milk and pour over bread cubes. Sprinkle with pinch of nutmeg. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until browned.
  3. While baking, make the lemon glaze. Combine sugar, butter, water, egg, and lemon juice in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil one minute. Remove from heat.
  4. To serve, drizzle lemon glaze over warm bread pudding. Enjoy!
  5. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 7g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Recipe originally published April 25, 2011

The Best Bread Pudding Recipe with a creamy lemon sauce. Whether you serve this for dessert or breakfast, it’s always a hit!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 16, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. Dear Aimee,
    Your recipe looks delicious and I will be attempting your recipe this week.>>As a French Canadian, my mother always made bread pudding the traditional way……and your recipe caught my attention, and as I like to try new recipes versus tradition, I can’t wait to try your Dad’s recipe.
    Thank you for caring and sharing…..I am sure I will delight and enjoy this bread pudding.

  2. I make bread often but sometimes my husband and I can’t finish it in time. This seems like a great way to use it up! My bread doesn’t always fit the sliced white bread mold though. Can you give an idea of how many cups. The bread will end up being?
    P.s., I don’t like raisins but I’ve got an excess of frozen cherries and I think they’ll be great in this

  3. It’s cute that you mention it’ll last 3-4 days in the fridge because this is going to disappear so quickly around my kids, haha! I may have to get my portion first just to ensure I get some too. 

  4. I love anything with lemon, so this sounds so yummy! I’ll have to leave out the raisins for my family though, or I’d be forced to eat the entire pan. 😉

  5. Hi Aimee,
    Your Dad is a great cook and makes a really good Bread Pudding. Tell him thank you for a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!

  6. I love a bread pudding. It is so warm and inviting just like being home for the holidays. My mom makes a great white chocolate bread pudding, but I am a traditionalist and like mine with raisins and a warm rum sauce. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  7. So fun to cook with your family!! I love bread pudding!! Thanks for linking it up to 2 Maids a Baking!!

  8. I love Bread Pudding as a child and now seeing your Dad’s pudding..I remember the good old days.You are very lucky to have your Dad.

  9. oh, how i love it when someone else cooks for me!

    the bread pudding looks beautiful!

    thanks for linking up to mangia mondays!

    -kristin

    http://delightfullydowling.blogspot.com

    1. We were raised on bread pudding. Never used a recipe this looks just like my bread pudding looks like and we always made a lemon sauce. If I eat it at a restaurant & they don’t have a sauce I just squeese some lemon juice on it

  10. Bread pudding is a wonderful comfort food. The lemon glaze sounds delicious. Glad you were able to enjoy this with your family over Easter.

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