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Instant Pot Bread Pudding

Learn to make Bread Pudding in the instant pot! Sweet bites of bread spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and flecked with raisins, this dessert is simple, comforting and oh-so-delicious.

If you love custard style desserts, be sure to give our homemade cream puffs and our cream puff cake a try this year. So easy and delicious!

Slice of bread pudding on white plate with pressure cooker in background.

Are you a bread pudding fan?

For me it’s one of those old-fashioned desserts that’s either AMAZING or blah, depending on the recipe and the method. I’ve had some jaw-droppingly good bread puddings and some that left me wishing I’d chosen pie for dessert instead.

Today’s recipe is firmly in the “jaw dropping” category.

Actually, you won’t be able to drop your jaw because your mouth will be too full of dessert.

Whether you’re looking for a way to use up some leftover bread, or just in the mood for old fashioned comfort food, this is the bread pudding you need!

I like mine made with lots of eggs, a little spice and just the right amount of raisins for a burst of juicy flavor.

With a little experimentation, I was able to create this Custard Bread Pudding recipe in the Instant Pot that is, if I do say so myself, absolutely perfect.

Ingredients needed for bread pudding including day old bread and eggs.

Custard Bread Pudding

What’s the different between Custard Bread Pudding and others? It’s, you guessed it, the eggs.

Regular bread pudding will have more cream or milk than eggs. As a result, it doesn’t hold together as much.

Custard bread pudding combines the bread cubes with a sweet egg custard mixture. It bakes up into a thick pudding that you can slice and eat with a fork.

Garnished with a little powdered sugar or drizzled with caramel sauce, custard bread pudding is anything but boring!

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make bread pudding in the Instant Pot.

In case you missed the abundance of Instant Pot Recipes on the blog, I’m a little obsessed with making my favorite desserts in the pressure cooker.

From instant pot brownies, to delicious Cheesecake in the pressure cooker, there’s something for everyone.

Particularly in the summer, I like that my Instant Pot lets me bake my family’s favorite desserts without heating up the entire kitchen.

Here’s how I make bread pudding in my 6 quart Instant Pot:

Before making the custard, get a 6 cup bundt pan ready. You can spray it with baking spray or use this nifty Homemade Cake Release.

STEP 1. Prepare the bread

Toss white bread cubes in a mixing bowl with with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon and raisins. Pour the bread mixture into the bundt pan.

STEP 2. Prepare the custard

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs with sugar, vanilla extract, salt and milk. Pour it into the bundt pan over the bread cubes and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg. Cover your bundt pan with foil.

STEP 3. Pressure cook

Add water to the bottom of your Instant Pot, cover the bundt pan and lower it into the pot with a sling trivet. Secure the lid and set the valve on top to “sealing.”

Select high pressure and a cook time of 35 minutes. When the baking time ends, let the pot release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release of remaining pressure.

STEP 4. Let set

Open the lid and lift the trivet carefully out of the pot. Remove foil from the pan pan and invert bread pudding onto a flat plate. Allow to cool completely so the pudding firms up.

Garnish with powdered sugar before serving!

Bread pudding made in a bundt pan in the Instant Pot.

Substitutions and Variations

You could definitely swap out some of the ingredients here to put a different twist on the custard bread pudding.

Bread. I like plain white bread for the bread cubes–it’s a great way to use up day-old Homemade Bread! If you want more of a cinnamon flavor, cinnamon swirl bread would also be delicious.

Raisins. If you’re not a fan of raisins, try swapping them out for currants, dried cranberries or another dried fruit you love! You can also just leave them out if dried fruit in desserts isn’t your thing.

Topping. Want a little extra somethin’ somethin’ on your bread pudding? Try drizzling it with caramel sauce! (Spoiler: it’s good. Really, really good.) A drizzle of homemade buttermilk syrup is also quite good!

More tips & tricks

  • Serve at room temperature – I prefer it this way as opposed to warm because the texture is firmer and more custard-like than gooey.
  • What bread to use – Traditionally, bread pudding is made with stale or day-old bread, but there’s no need to wait until your bread is stale for this recipe. Store bought sliced sandwich bread will do just fine!
  • Storing – Bread pudding leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. Enjoy cold or let the pudding warm to room temperature again before eating.
  • Instant pot size – I tested this in a 6 quart instant pot. The recipe would need some significant adjustments for different size pots, so check what size instant pot you’re using before you make bread pudding.
Slice of bread pudding with powdered sugar on top.

Recipe FAQs

What is the texture of bread pudding?

A good bread pudding should have a soft texture with a custard like flavor. It will be similar to a moist bread.

Should bread pudding be refrigerated?

After your bread pudding has cooled, if you aren’t eating immediately, refrigerate (covered) for up to three days.

Can you freeze bread pudding?

Bread pudding can be frozen if wrapped correctly after cooling COMPLETELY. Wrap in plastic wrap, then a layer of foil. Finally, slide bread pudding into a ziploc freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Store for up to two months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, heat in microwave.

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Yield: 10 servings

Instant Pot Bread Pudding

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Learn to make Bread Pudding in the instant pot! Sweet bites of bread spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and flecked with raisins, this dessert is simple, comforting and oh-so-delicious.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup water
  • powdered sugar, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Grease a 6 cup bundt pan with baking spray (or homemade cake release). Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, melted butter, cinnamon, and raisins. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. In same bowl, whisk together, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and milk. Pour over bread. Sprinkle with pinch of nutmeg.
  4. Cover baking dish with foil.
  5. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of a 6qt Instant Pot. Place covered bundt pan on a sling trivet and lower into the pot.
  6. Secure the lid and set the valve on top to "SEALING"
  7. Select HIGH PRESSURE (or manual) for a cook time of 35 minutes.
  8. When cook time ends, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then move the valve to venting for a quick release.
  9. Open lid and lift sling/trivet out of the pot. Remove foil from pan and invert bread pudding onto a flat plate. Allow to cool completely then garnish with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

  • Recipe tested in a 6qt instant pot
  • I prefer this bread pudding served at room temperature, not warm. It firms up after sitting.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

*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 December 7, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made bread pudding according to your recipe this morning (a paleo version without and sweetening, but nonetheless, your quantities) and I love it! You’re right, it ís better once it’s cooled. Of course I had to try it while it was warm as well 😉 , but after a few hours it was even better.

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