For a family that LOVES bread pudding, double this recipe and bake it in a 9x13-inch pan. Enjoy this healthier version - which features whole wheat bread, reduced sugar, and apple or pear - for breakfast or dessert! Optional: Dust lightly with confectioners sugar before serving. Yum!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 8-inch square pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Break bread into small pieces into an 8-inch square baking dish. Mix in raisins and apple. Drizzle with melted butter.

  • Combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up egg mixture.

  • Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place bread pudding baking dish into a large roasting pan. Carefully pour boiling water around pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the middle of pudding comes out mostly clean, about 45 minutes.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Bread Pudding II.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; protein 5.6g; carbohydrates 24.4g; fat 4.5g; cholesterol 69.1mg; sodium 122.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2013
I put all the wet ingredients into a bowl, then added the bread. That way I could really make sure it was moistened without slopping it all over the place. I added more apple (with the skins on) and ground nutmeg. I upped the sweetner to 3/4 cup, which was too much because I used the raisins. I think when I make it again, I might add some nuts. Overall, I really enjoyed this. I didn't use a water bath, because I forgot. It still came out fine as far as I could tell. Read More
(18)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2020
I would stick with the regular bread Read More
47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
Wonderful recipe, not too sweet. Used almond milk in place of regular milk, and it came out better that way--the almond flavor really complements the other ingredients in the pudding. Used pear in lieu of apples. The only thing I'd do differently next time is to use a wider pan to have more of the crusty top, rather than the softer bottom portion! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2013
I put all the wet ingredients into a bowl, then added the bread. That way I could really make sure it was moistened without slopping it all over the place. I added more apple (with the skins on) and ground nutmeg. I upped the sweetner to 3/4 cup, which was too much because I used the raisins. I think when I make it again, I might add some nuts. Overall, I really enjoyed this. I didn't use a water bath, because I forgot. It still came out fine as far as I could tell. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2012
my family really liked the bread pudding. I woulld definately make it again. It was very easy and I have most of the ingredients in my home already. I Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2012
Delicious! I love the apples in the recipe and it's fantastic that it's healthier Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2013
If you don t care for sweet desserts you may want to try this subtly sweet bread pudding. The raisins and apples add just enough sweetness and flavor to make this a delightful dessert that s a little healthier than the average bread pudding. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2015
This recipe was exactly what I was looking for! I am happy to report it worked with gluten-free raisin bread too! I skipped the butter since I was already using whole milk and I used Granny Smith apples and tossed in an extra one since I needed it finished off. I didn't realize it would still be quite sweet even with the sour apples that I highly recommend trying. However my family usually eats little sugar--okay except for my school-aged girl who eats candy daily (sigh) although she too thought it was too sweet! Shocker! I was also serving it for a crazy-day's dinner though so a sweet main dish was a little foreign to all of us.;) Good stuff though. I've been enjoying it ever since for a quick treat or meal as I had made a double batch. I can see it being perfect for cold winter days. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2012
Delicious! This recipe was just want I needed. I used pears instead of apples and brown sugar. It turned out great! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2015
I have used unsweetened almond milk for part of the milk. I have also used cinnamon raisin bagels for the bread & raisins. I like it with less sugar and I like the apples. I'm not always a raisin fan so the apples are a good change. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2018
I have made this Bread Pudding for the past 7 years I made some changes a Mexican and Southern twist. As an African American I grew up eating Bread Pudding my mother was taught by her mother who grew up in Oklahoma Arkansas & Louisiana. My most impressionable years growing up I was raised in a Mexican Household Bread Pudding was made around holidays and at times we ate it as a dessert. My Mexican God Mother made it with Peanuts Raisins and Chopped Apples. My Grandmother made it with Raisins coconuts shreds chopped apples. I have included a picture with this review I tripled the recipe. I use my God Mother's recipe with the peanuts some people that have a peanut allergy use coconuts shreds. two apples chopped and raisins. I am diabetic so I removed the sugar and use Granulated Sucralose zero calorie Sweetener or Splenda the measurements cup for cup Like Sugar. I fooled everyone after they finished eating it I wait for all of the compliments I tell them all "it was Artificial Sweetener" that was used to make the Bread Pudding! "LOL" I get a kick out of that every time people have eaten my Bread pudding. Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2020
I would stick with the regular bread Read More
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