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Bread And Butter Pudding, Simple Plus Variations

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Bread And Butter Pudding: A Great Dessert

Bread and butter pudding is one of the easiest but tastiest puddings I know. It's a simple recipe for children to make, it's a great pudding for everyone to eat.

You can make the simple version, you can dress it up a bit, go for a luxury bread and butter pudding for a dinner party. Easy to make, perfect for cooking with the kids.

If you like quiches or ham 'n ' eggs, have a look at the recipe for a savoury bread and butter pudding - a great lunch or supper on a cold night.

So What's In A Bread And Butter Pudding?

At its simplest - day old bread, butter, milk, eggs, sugar. They're the basics and you can use slightly older eggs if it's just a quick dessert for a family meal. Nothing there for fussy eaters (or children as the experts call 'em) to object to.

Getting more adventurous, cinnamon, nutmeg, sultanas, raisins, vanilla. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, rum, cranberries (though not all at once).

Glamming it up, reach for the cognac.

After you've made it once, add anything you and the family like. Loads of things go with the basic ingredients, or just eat the simple version -- either way you're guaranteed no leftovers!

Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding

Basic Bread And Butter Pudding


40g/1.5oz butter, allowed to soften to room temperature

10 thin slices white bread, day old, crusts removed

450ml/16fl oz whole milk

3 large eggs

35g/1.5oz granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4
  • Use small amount of butter to lightly grease a 2 pint pie dish
  • Spread bread with remaining butter, cut into triangles
  • In a bowl, lightly beat eggs and add milk
  • Add sugar to egg mixture and stir
  • Using half the bread, arrange a layer of triangles in the pie dish and pour over half the egg mixture
  • Add a second layer of bread triangles and pour on the rest of the egg mixture
  • Bake for 30 minutes on middle oven shelf, or until the custard has set and the top is golden brown

Good basic kitchenware

Perfect For Children To Make

Parents are probably ahead of me here - the basic pudding is ideal to make with small kids. Plastic utensils will do, no sharp knives needed, no electrical equipment, no hot pans, simple steps that kids can handle - wait for that frown of concentration and the tongue sticking out of the corner of the mouth as they butter the bread and arrange it in the bowl.

It's also good as it can't go wrong - unless you burn it or add the cat by mistake, it's one of the few guaranteed recipes I know.

Children's Aprons

Grate nutmeg over bread and butter pudding

Grate nutmeg over bread and butter pudding

Simple Variations

Ring the bread and butter pudding variations

Add a couple of drops of vanilla essence to the egg/milk mixture.

Throw a few sultanas over each layer of bread, or raisins (nice big juicy California raisins).

Try a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg in the egg/milk mixture.

Substitute a bit of cream for a bit of the milk.

Grate some nutmeg over the top before baking (my favourite simple variation).

Sprinkle some demerara sugar over the top before baking.

Use stale pannetone or croissants instead of white bread.

You can use wholemeal bread but it rather overpowers the simple recipe.

Gluten-Free Bread Pudding

A friend of mine who's wheat-intolerant has recommended Gluten-free bread and butter pudding. I've made other recipes from this site for guests - sitemaster has a great tone (it's one of those cookery sites you can read for pleasure) and I've never found a duff recipe yet.

Bread and Butter Pudding FreeFoto

Bread and Butter Pudding FreeFoto

Bread And Butter Pudding: Serving Suggestions

Bread and butter pudding is good by itself straight from the oven, or you can try a pouring of single or double cream. I like a dollop of good vanilla ice cream with mine, I love the warm/cold mix.

I even once experimented and flambéed a posh version with brandy -- not sure it helped the flavour but it got a round of applause from the dinner guests.

If you want to throw the diet out of the window, try bread and butter pudding with toffee sauce:

75g/2oz butter

75g/2oz dark brown sugar

100ml /3fl oz double cream

Melt butter and suger in a thick-bottomed pan over a low heat, cook for about four minutes. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the cream. Serve immediately. I prefer unsalted butter but it's a matter of taste.

Getting Fancier: More Bread And Butter Pudding Variations

Chocolate, rum, whisky, dinner party variations

An easy way to make this taste even better is to improve the custard part of the dish. Put 12 fl ozs milk and 4 fl ozs cream into a pan with a vanilla pod (sliced and seeds scraped off and into the pan), bring to a gentle boil and simmer for five minutes. Allow to cool until lukewarm. Beat eggs and sugar until light, then pour over the cooled milk/cream after straining it.

Delia Smith has a great recipe using dark chocolate and rum Still simple but tastes incredible. Not one for the kids though!

James Martin also likes chocolate and alcohol: his recipe uses white chocolate and whiskey

An exotic variation from Manju Malhi (this one is gorgeous): bread and butter pud with papaya and saffron

The Microwave Association recommends, yes, a microwaved version Not tried this but it looks promising.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a banana and chocolate bread and butter pudding. Works well without the chocolate also.

One I haven't made but the author has a lot of good recipes: BP with rum-soaked raisins and apple, served with a vanilla sauce.

And a recipe I've just come across but not tried yet, Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Crème Anglaise

Slainte bread and butter pudding

Slainte bread and butter pudding

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay's Bread And Butter Pudding

Gordon Ramsay: love him or loathe him, he began his career by being a great chef and my sister's annual treat is to one of his London restaurants, purely for the bread and butter pudding. His recipe uses baguettes laced with Baileys liqueur. Sadly he protects his copyright savagely so I can't legally point you to the restaurant recipe. Worth experimenting though.

Savoury bread and butter pudding

Savoury bread and butter pudding

Savoury Bread And Butter Pudding

A savoury variation for brunch and lunch

A great variation for a winter supper or even a brunch, and a great change from the standard quiche. Serve with whatever green salad leaves are in season and a few tomatoes. This is Simon Rimmer's recipe, first published on the BBC website. For more recipes, including vegetarian, see ifood's Savoury Bread And Butter Pudding Recipes.


75g/2.5oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, sliced

1 loaf thick-sliced white bread, crusts removed

200g/7oz thick-cut ham, cut into chunks

250g/9oz mature cheddar, grated

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

100g/3.5oz peas

3 free-range eggs, plus 3 free-range egg yolks

500ml/18fl oz double cream


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Grease a large ovenproof dish with butter
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 4-5 minutes, or until softened
  • Meanwhile, butter the slices of bread
  • Layer, half of the buttered bread, onion, ham, cheese, parsley and peas into the dish, then repeat with the remaining ingredients. Reserve a little cheese to sprinkle over the top
  • Whisk the eggs and egg yolks together in a bowl until well combined
  • Heat the cream in a saucepan until just boiling, then pour onto the egg mixture and whisk until well combined. Pour the mixture over the bread and set aside for at least 30 minutes
  • Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until golden-brown on top

There's a dish called a strata which is a sort of savoury bread and butter pudding: layers of custardy bread, bacon/spinach, cheese, repeated three times. See Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's strata recipe in the Guardian.. Worth a look, apart from the taste, as it's one you make the day before and refrigerate overnight - just bring to room temperature then throw it into the oven when you're ready.

Christmas Bread And Butter Pudding

A great range, from mincemeaty for all the family to whisky-drenched for the grownups.

The Blessed Delia


Intro pic from FineCooking,com

Pic from BBC

Pic with permission from British and Irish Food

Pic from FreeFoto

Bread And Butter Pudding: Comments - What's your favourite variation?

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 17, 2015:

Bread pudding has always been a favorite of mine. How lovely to see these variations. I must try them all.

savateuse on February 17, 2015:

Ok, I'm tempted... I'd like to try the savoury version!

RaintreeAnnie from UK on October 17, 2014:

We love bread and butter pudding. We always use wholemeal bread and skip the sugar altogether -we use cinnamon. Then as you say you can add whatever you feel like! It is hard to go wrong really with it. I have not however tried the savoury version so I will be giving that a go soon. Thank you.

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on September 15, 2014:

Looks delicious! I will have to try it!

savateuse on September 08, 2014:

Paul, now you've made me hungry! Great recipes, thanks!

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on September 08, 2014:

I love bread and butter pudding. There are some lovely variations here.

Ann from Yorkshire, England on September 08, 2014:

yum - and here I am on a fasting day!

othellos on July 30, 2014:

Appreciate you sharing the recipe. I think my children learned how to make it in their school and now it's an easy dessert when we have friends around.

GEMNITYA5 on May 08, 2014:

TEMPTING Bread And Butter Pudding RECIPE---



Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on June 12, 2013:

I remember sultanas as the best part of bread and butter pudding.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on June 12, 2013:

I have awful memories of bread and butter pudding

Rose Jones on March 28, 2013:

Everyone needs a few recipes in their repertoire so that they can make nice food without much, and so they can not waste. Both the sweet and savory bread and butter puddings fulfill those requirements. You can make a vegetarian version of the savory pudding by substituting mushrooms for the ham. Digg-ed.

AprilAlice on March 05, 2013:

I love bread pudding. I hadn't thought about being able to make a gluten-free version. Good idea!!!!!!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 03, 2013:

This is a tasty dessert every once in a while. Love your simple recipes with all the different ways to jazz it up!

victoriahaneveer on January 11, 2013:

I love bread and butter pudding!!!

Vikki from US on December 29, 2012:

Looks and sounds de-lish!

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on December 26, 2012:

Sounds delicious, I'm certainly going to try it.

gottaloveit2 on December 23, 2012:

You had me at 'Bread...' This sounds so good - we have bread pudding here in the US but your version looks better!

John Dyhouse from UK on December 17, 2012:

I have tried making bread and butter pudding but nothing compares to that my dear old mom used to make. Maybe it is just fond memories of growing up but I have never tasted anything qiuite like it. Should have asked for the recipe whilst I had the chance.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on November 17, 2012:

Hmmm...anything with cinnamon looks good today.

wendyfinn on November 13, 2012:

I like it Italian style with panettone but it's delicious the traditional way if you make it right too. Nice lens.

poppy mercer from London on November 11, 2012:

I LOVE bread and butter pudding!

kare2share on October 10, 2012:

I think one with dark chocolate and rum sounds delicious, but the one with Irish Whiskey ice cream, caramel sauce and Crême Anglaise sounds interesting too. Thank you for sharing these delicious ideas!

AlleyCatLane on October 04, 2012:

I am not crazy about bread pudding but think that version with toffee sauce would win me over.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Great job on a classic recipe for pudding.

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

I Love Bread Pudding! Love it

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on August 31, 2012:

Back for another look, Bread and Butter Pudding always goes down well.

chas65 on August 21, 2012:

Looks great. A friend who was Princess Diana's pesonal chef for four years said that was Princess Diana's personal favorite.

DebMartin on August 13, 2012:

Love, love, love Bread and Butter Pudding. Yummy lens. d

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 01, 2012:

I've stopped by your bread and butter pudding recipe before but had to pop by when I saw it mentioned on Facebook. So glad I did. Yummy.

traveller27 on August 01, 2012:

I love bread pudding.

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on August 01, 2012:

I have never made bread and butter pudding. We call it bread pudding here. I always thought it would be complicated, but you make it look easy enough! I love the thought of the toffee topping. Yum!

Sara Duggan from California on July 27, 2012:

Sounds yummy. I've never made this but I do remember it being a popular dish at a restaurant I used to work at. Blessed. ")

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 27, 2012:

I love Bread Pudding and your Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try this one. Thanks.

MaggiePowell on July 06, 2012:

Yum... thanks for the recipe

Terrie_Schultz on June 21, 2012:

This looks lovely. I like bread pudding but I've never tried to make it myself yet.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on June 19, 2012:

OH YUM!! Whether sweet or savory, they all sound great to me!!

Blackspaniel1 on April 23, 2012:

Sounds great.

Blackspaniel1 on April 23, 2012:

Sounds great.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on April 23, 2012:

We lived with my Boston Irish grandmother and Norwegian sailor grandfather until I was 5 years old. Ma-zie (MAH-zee) made bread pudding every week with raisins on top and vanilla in the mix. She was always trying to find ways to get me to eat eggs and more milk. I sure loved her bread pudding ... and her custard. Thanks for the recipe!

BestRatedStuff on April 22, 2012:

I nice basic old-world recipe, amazing how many versions there are. All look real good.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 22, 2012:

My husband loves his pudding but I have yet to make him bread and butter pudding although I remember it as a popular pudding when I was a youngster. The absolute best bread pudding I ever tasted was actually made from stale cake doughnuts. I can still remember how good it tasted. Yum!

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on April 22, 2012:

Bread and Butter Pudding brings back memories of my childhood

victoriuh on April 17, 2012:

Searching for something interesting to do with leftover bread crusts the children won't eat, this isn't it, but it looks mighty yummy! Love the photos.

anonymous on March 22, 2012:

Looks good. Sounds reaaly good with the ham and cheese for a meal. I think we'll give this a try.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 06, 2012:

Oh my. I am now having a desperate need for some bread and butter pudding. Can't wait to try out your recipe. Delicious! Thank you for so many lovely options and recipe variations. Your version sounds just perfect. Appreciated.

ShazTapp on March 03, 2012:

Mmmmm, I haven't had bread and butter pudding since 1970. Way too long, thanks for inspiring me to make a b & b pudding tomorrow night. Can't wait!

wyrm11268 on March 02, 2012:

I love bread and butter pudding and after reading your lens I am going to make one. We used to have them a lot as kids to use up the left over bread.

KathyBatesel on February 27, 2012:

Ooh, yum! I learned to make bread pudding while visiting Creole country: New Orleans, Louisiana. The recipe was one that used a generous bit of rum, and it was delicious. I have never seen the lunch variation or strata recipe. I will try one of those two this week as I'm going to have some leftover ham soon - I just haven't yet decided which one.

Odille Rault from Gloucester on February 12, 2012:

I lOve bread and butter pudding, but hadn't thought of making it for a long time. Guess what we're having for desert tonight! Thanks for the reminder - and for the great recipes! Blessed. :)

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 09, 2012:

I'm a big fan of bread pudding, so was delighted to see all these variations. Yum-Yum

Linda Hahn from California on February 09, 2012:

I love bread pudding!

Linda Hahn from California on February 09, 2012:

I love bread pudding!

poutine on January 26, 2012:

I prefer a simple bread and butter pudding.

scss on January 11, 2012:

Bread and butter pudding is always such a handy comfort food meal and so simple to prepare, almost use anything in the pantry!

Ann from Yorkshire, England on January 09, 2012:

oh boy, I haven't had one of those for years - guess what is on the menu tomorrow!

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on January 04, 2012:

Just came back to give a blessing. I haven't had bread & Butter Pudding for a while. Must make some soon, it's a great dish.

anonymous on December 23, 2011:

Visiting this lens at dinnertime has made my tummy complain with a complain and my mouth is pulling up a smile (to control the drooling!). Sounds like a simple and a delicious delight! Thanks and bon appetit! :)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 22, 2011:

I've never had 'Bread and Butter' pudding, but this page filled with the basic recipe, plus the great sounding variations, is enticing me toward the kitchen! Would love to know the background of bread and butter pudding -- English, I assume. :)

reasonablerobby on December 11, 2011:

This has to got be one of my favourites. I was in Morrisons the other day and the shop assistant suggested using their Panatonne as a base for this. Featuring on my Queen of Puddings lens - which is a sweeter version of this great pudding!

marsha32 on December 04, 2011:

I always loved my grandmas bread pudding! She's been gone for 20 years and I have yet to try to make it myself.

anonymous on December 03, 2011:

we are making a treat to eat tonight, I'm going to recommend we make this, thank you indeed!

Debbie from England on November 22, 2011:

I never tried the savoury version but I intend to. The pictures here are making me drool right now but as I'm on a diet, I'd better not give in to temptation!! Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on November 18, 2011:

I had never heard of this until a couple of years ago. Then, last year, I had the opportunity to try it while on a cruise. It was very tasty!

Deb Bryan from Chico California on November 12, 2011:

This recipe is going to come in handy when we have company!! So easy and sure to be a favorite. Thanks so much for including so many variations. You have covered all of the basis with this for breakfast, brunch or even a midnight dessert.

KimGiancaterino on November 11, 2011:

My favorite bread pudding is made with Jack Daniels. Unfortunately, the wonderful Italian restaurant that featured it on their dessert menu closed down. I rarely bake sweets because I'd eat them continually. I'm tempted to try your recipe for Thanksgiving.

GramaBarb from Vancouver on November 10, 2011:

Oh my goodness, your lens made me soooo hungry for bread and butter pudding! Thanks for adding it to my Google+ page. Blessed!!

jseven lm on November 06, 2011:

I am a big fan of bread pudding as my mother made it often for after dinner dessert. Yum! Good recipes!

Sheila from Omaha, NE on November 03, 2011:

What a delightful lens! I stopped by to say thank you but this lens caught my eye! I will most definitely make this... probably tonight! Blessings back to you!

WayneDave LM on November 01, 2011:

Sound good to me! Thanks for sharing Paul.

darciefrench lm on October 31, 2011:

i love bread pudding, it's a real comfort food. Happy Halloween and many blessings to you :)

Odille Rault from Gloucester on October 30, 2011:

Oooh... I'd forgotten how much I love bread and butter pudding! Will have to make some tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe - I didn't realise it has eggs in it - I've only attempted to make it once, and made it without the eggs.... didn't turn out so good lol. I also like it with marmalade! :)

Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on October 30, 2011:

Mmmm love it! Try adding a tablespoonful of apple brandy ( Calvados) to the custard when mixing for a certain special something! Blessed, and added to my best of regional foods by your regional foods angel.

Rose Jones on October 28, 2011:

Delightful lens - I am always looking for recipes that can use stale bread. I think there is a hard sauce with rum, powdered sugar and butter - something like that - on my favorite pudding. I am going to try Ramsey's pudding.

ICanCook on October 23, 2011:

i like some nice warm bread and butter pudding. It's good use for your left over pieces of bread. Somehow before the loaf is finished I get bored with it, toss it in the fridge and start a new kind of bread. So I end up with many different kinds of bread in my pudding.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 17, 2011:

I love Bread and Butter Pudding, but I find it hard to make these days. When I was growing up, in an era where everyone ate Mothers Pride White Sliced Bread, making this was one way to use up the older stale slices of bread before they went mouldy. These days we buy wholegrain or granary bread, which just wouldn't work, so to make it means buying a load of special "cheap" white bread, which seems wrong. It is good to eat though, and always brings back memories of growing up and having lots of good old fashioned hot puddings and custard. Loved this lens, blessed.

anonymous on August 23, 2011:

I know what I am going to Make this Weekend, I haven't had Bread Pudding in Ages!!! I am very Glad that you Shared this Lens!! Yum

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 16, 2011:

This is high on my list of comfort foods. It has been awhile since I've had any and your page has me hungry for some.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 15, 2011:

Oh that looks soooooo good. Baked goods get me every time ;)

anonymous on July 01, 2011:

I've seen bread and butter pudding mentioned in books, now I know what it is. Sounds great. I'll have to try it.

mumsgather on June 30, 2011:

Wow! I like these. I've been looking for the recipe. Yummy, yummy says my tummy. :)

iCarpeDiem on June 25, 2011:

How have I not heard of this? On my way to the kitchen. Looks just yummy!

bames24 lm on June 25, 2011:

My mom used to make it when I was a kid... :)

Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on June 22, 2011:

my scottish husband told me that the bread and butter pudding is scottish delice.

CelinaHamm on June 17, 2011:

I tried Bread Pudding for the first time this year and Loved it. I can't wait to try all of these. Thank you for a Great Lens! :)

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on June 07, 2011:

I was delighted to find this lens because I have a bag of cubed Italian bread in the freezer waiting for the right bread pudding recipe--my first! And boy, do I want to try every one of these. My favorite restaurant bread pudding was served warm with caramel sauce and lots of Chantilly cream. I still carry at least ten pounds from the year I lived near that establishment!

hsschulte on June 06, 2011:

Yum! I will be trying the recipe.

nebby from USA on May 31, 2011:

I love bread pudding especially warm and when it has been drizzled with a good rum. Although the whiskey ice cream that you had mentioned in the forum sounded pretty appetizing & it was the mention of it that brought me here.

Now I've got the munchies - out to the store to get some rum raisin ice cream ( but unfortunately there is no rum in it)

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on May 21, 2011:

Very nice lens, I like bread and butter puddings, will have to try some of those fancier ideas. Thanks.

miaponzo on May 16, 2011:

Actually, I have never eaten it.. or maybe only once (here in Kuwait it's called Um Ali).... my Irish best friends adore it.. I'm going to have to try your version, because it sounds yummy!!!

littlelotus on May 08, 2011:

hmmm.... I think I'm gonna stop Squidoo-ing for now and make one for Delish mouth watering idea.... thanks ;)

viscri8 on May 03, 2011:

it should be made illegal! recipes should be banned! Druling upon reading about pudding should kill the druler on the spot! Good you only have only one pudding here. I was thinking yesterday about bread and butter pudding; Bill used to like it.

anonymous on April 28, 2011:

Oh yummy!!!!! Since I became "wheat free" I have not made bread and and butter pudding, but I have since discovered a local baker that makes the most excellent spelt bread and I think I may just have to give it a try!

HelenHoliday on April 27, 2011:

We here in Cajun land are dab hands at making killer bread puddings - sometimes we douse them with bourbon and add a generous dollop of real whipped cream. Yours sounds quite similar and very good.

Whenever I see raisins, I recall when my daughter suddenly refused to eat them because her slightly older (male) cousin told her they were really dead flies! (They were about 3 and 5 at the time.) She hasn't eaten them since.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on April 19, 2011:

Ooo, this sounds and looks good!

Paul (author) from Liverpool, England on April 15, 2011:

@MamaRuth: That's the best way to cook bread and butter pudding - with anything you like added. Try Delia's version though - you can omit the alcohol if you prefer.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on April 10, 2011:

I could tell you horror stories of bread and butter puddings from my childhood. Not the dessert itself, but the circumstances surrounding this otherwise excellent pudding. Sigh.

SandyPeaks on April 05, 2011:

Lovely! Not sure I'd like to mix flavours though.

maximumgravity1 on March 31, 2011:

I am definitely trying some of these out - I too will likely leave the cat out...and are there actually people out there who hate Gordon Ramsey???

Debbie from England on March 29, 2011:

Oh yummy yum yum! I love bread and butter pud too! Not sure about the savoury type... maybe I should try it. Lensrolled to 'Ãauliflower Cheese'

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