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.

If you’re a big fan of classic desserts, be sure to try our homemade Angel Food Cake recipe! Top it with fresh berries and easy whipped cream for a light and flavorful treat.

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

What is Bread Pudding?

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?

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!

Give it a twist and try our Apple Bread Pudding instead. Seasoned with our sweet chai apple bread and chai spice mix, it’s the perfect dessert!

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.

Lemon Sauce

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!

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.

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
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cup milk (hot)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ 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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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. Lovely old fashioned dessert! Just had an inspiration…I have some leftover cinnamon rolls, I’m thinking those might work out well in this dessert as well as regular bread.

  2. My family isn’t big on lemon glaze, or really anything with lemon. Is there a recipe for some type of a vanilla sauce or something?

  3. I agree with Premzie’s comment! I make homemade bread, so size is different than store bought bread. How many cups or grams of bread do you use??

  4. Hi..would love to try your bread pudding…when you say 12 slices of bread …I am confused. Could you give me the grams of it as bread varies in every country… appreciate it and thank you

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