10 Creative Bread Pudding Recipes

Staff Writer
New fun and creative bread pudding recipes revive an American favorite.
Jelly Doughnut Bread Pudding
Courtesy of Evan Sung for the New York Times
Jelly Doughnut Bread Pudding

Have some leftover croissants, doughnuts, quick breads or brioche lying around? Bread pudding is a quick and easy go-to dish that can be both elegant and economical. The dishes below can be made ahead and reheated when it’s time to serve.

Whether you have a hankering for a savory mushroom and goat cheese dish that's perfect for weekday lunches, or a decadent chocolate dessert for your dinner party, our collection below is certain to leave you hungry for more.

 

Grand Marnier Bread Pudding (Gluten-Free)

From: Erin Swing, The Sensitive Epicure

This classic take on bread pudding gets a kick from Grand Marnier. Use gluten-free bread for a celiac-friendly treat.

 

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

From: SmittenKitchen.com 

Eggy French toast meets a pumpkin-pie-like custard in this easy to make sweet bread pudding.

 

Mushroom, Red Pepper, Goat Cheese Bread Pudding

From: Cooking Light

This healthy vegetarian entrée becomes a complete meal when served with a salad. Don’t like red peppers? Try adding sundried tomatoes instead.

 

Caramelized Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cinnamon

From: StaceySnacksOnline.com

Renowned California chef Suzanne Goin takes the basic bread pudding recipe, throws in chocolate, a cinnamony custard, and caramelizes the top. Sure to impress all your holiday dinner party guests.

 

Jelly Doughnut Bread Pudding

From: The New York Times

What to do with leftover, slightly stale doughnuts (or croissants, pretzels, muffins)? Do as Eli Zabar does. Make bread pudding! 

 

Cheesy Croissant Bread Pudding with Rosemary and Caramelized Onions

From: Ella Cinders Eats blog

This simple recipe takes the perfect combination of rosemary, caramelized onions, and cheese and applies it to bread pudding. If you don’t have goat or cheddar cheese, try gruyere.

 

Apple-Apple Bread Pudding

From: CakeOrDeath.com

Not your typical bread pudding, this recipe sandwiches caramelized apples with apple butter-slathered slices of brioche before adding a rich, eggy custard.

 

New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

From: EzraPoundCake.com

Combining bourbon soaked raisins with a buttery bourbon sauce elevates bread pudding to a whole new level of indulgence.