Bread Pudding Recipe with Lemon Sauce

Old fashioned dessert with a sweet custard texture, my Dad’s Easy 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?

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 Instant Pot 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.
  • Prep Pan. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish (or 2 qt casserole dish).
  • Assemble. 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.

Recipe FAQs

Can Bread Pudding be made in advance?

To make bread pudding in advance, assemble as directed and cover with foil. Refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.

How long with bread pudding keep?

If properly stored in the refrigerator, after baking, bread pudding will keep for 3-4 days. Reheat each slice in the microwave for about 45 seconds.

Can you freeze bread pudding?

Freeze bread pudding in airtight container. To thaw, refrigerator overnight.

Sauces for Bread Pudding

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

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Dad’s Bread Pudding

4.82 from 53 votes
By: Aimee
Old fashioned dessert with a sweet custard texture, my Dad's Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce is irresistible!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

FOR THE BREAD:

  • 12 slices stale white bread cubed
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 6 large eggs beaten
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups milk hot
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large egg well beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter 2 qt baking dish or 8-inch square baking pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To serve, drizzle lemon glaze over warm bread pudding. Enjoy!
  • Store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Bread- 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. Dad always used white bread, but challah, brioche, and french bread work too!
  • Milk- whole milk or buttermilk works best.
  • Make it in Advance- To make bread pudding in advance, assemble as directed and cover with foil. Refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.
  • Storage- If properly stored in the refrigerator, after baking, bread pudding will keep for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat- Reheat each slice in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
  • Freeze- Freeze bread pudding in airtight container. To thaw, refrigerator overnight.

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Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 312mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 28g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
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The Best Bread Pudding Recipe with a creamy lemon sauce. Whether you serve this for dessert or breakfast, it’s always a hit!



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Posted on January 5, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. I love everything you do!
    My question is, Can I use a can of custard instead of the lemon sauce or caramel sauce?

  2. I can’t wait to try this it looks so DELICIOUS 😋 I don’t really care for raisins, I think fresh blueberries or cherries would be so good in this so I might try that or maybe just plain bread pudding🤔 either way I know it’s going to be good 😋 I’m out also try a homemade caramel sauce😋😋😋

  3. Oh my!! I have not thought of bread pudding for years. I used to make it with biscuits. My mother use to make it with left over yeast rolls. She had a restaurant and would use the rolls left from the day before.
    My sister used to make a vanilla sauce. My fav is lemon. So good!!

  4. Hi There
    The bread pudding looks delicious. I was wondering, if I left out the raisins would I need to replace it with anything?
    Thanks 😊

  5. 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.

    1. I would if ya dont like them and replace it chocolate chips cuz there might be people that dont like raisins. And it looks good

  6. 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?

  7. 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??

  8. 5 stars
    What a keeper. I use extra large eggs here so next time I’ll use only 5 eggs and cut back 1/2 cup on the milk as it was a little ‘eggy’. I used my leftover home made bread and the crunchy top against the soft middle was just delicious. The lemon sauce came together quickly and is to die for! This is a keeper for sure. Thanks so much for your recipe.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    1. Hi. The bread pudding looks delicious. Can you recommend a brand of bread that works best for this recipe please? Thank you. Karlie

  12. 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. 

    1. Are we supposed to pour the entirety of the glaze over the bread pudding while it’s in the baking dish or is it just meant to be drizzled over each individual serving as it’s being dished out?

      1. I’ve done it both ways! I have a couple NON glaze lovers, so we usually serve separately, but either way is fine.

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