Cinnamon Bread Pudding (Simple & Easy)

Cinnamon bread pudding is a delicious breakfast or treat that is easy to make. The rich egg custard soaks into the bread cubes, making them moist and flavorful. You can serve your bread pudding warm or at room temperature, which makes it ideal for entertaining guests.

Next time try Omm Ali bread pudding.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy, honey, old school comfort food.
  • Great recipe especially if you are like me always having some kind of leftover bread laying around.
  • Cinnamon is great in desserts but it is extra special with rich egg custard like desserts like this one.

This bread pudding recipe is the living proof that leftover bread can be easily turned into a delicious dessert. This recipe has room for innovation, more on that below.

📝 Ingredients

Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.

  • A loaf of stale bread.
  • Raisins.
  • Heavy Cream.
  • Eggs.
  • Ground cinnamon.
  • Unsalted butter.
  • Sugar.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Apple juice.

🥄 Instructions

Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.

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  • Soak raisins in apple juice if using and butter a 13×9 oven safe pan and set aside.
  • Cut your bread in cubes add to the pan and pour the raisins with any leftover juice over bread cubes.
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  • In a deep bowl, mix sugar, cream, cinnamon, vanilla extract and melted butter.
  • Pour the cream mixture over the bread, press down a bit with a spatula and let the bread soak for about 10 minutes until you prepare the eggs.
  • In another bowl mix eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the egg mixture over, mix and bake according to directions.

💡 Expert Tips

  • I liked leaving the crust on as it crisps and give the pudding that top crunchy texture.
  • Making the sauce is optional but we liked it so much.

👩‍🍳 Variations

  • Use leftover cinnamon raisins swirl bread for an extra boost of cinnamon.
  • Use any cinnamon kind you have. Might also think of using apple pie spice!
  • Raisins is our favorite but you can also use any dry fruit or dry fruit mix.
  • Mix in some diced fresh apples for apple bread pudding.
  • Add some chopped up pecans or walnuts to the mix.

💬 FAQs

What kind of bread is used for bread pudding?

Basically, any bread will work. Here, I’ve used a day old french bread. A classic choice is sweet bread varieties like brioche. I’ve seen people use anything from cinnamon swirl bread to hotdog buns!

What are the ingredients for bread pudding?

It is a genius recipe made from stale bread, milk, eggs, sugar and flavors. Ridiculously simple made from everyday ingredients. It’s pure genius!

Where did bread pudding come from?

According to the gazette, bread pudding was called the poor man’s pudding. It goes back to the 11th century as a way to use leftover or stale bread for frugal cooks in England.

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🥣 Equipment

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  • I love this Pyrex baking dish has been with me for ages and it survived so many dishwasher loads.

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Cinnamon Bread pudding

This cinnamon bread pudding is perfect for breakfast or brunch on the weekend. It’s easy to prepare and tastes great!. A delectable classic that will make your home smells like cinnamon-vanilla heaven.


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Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Halal

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Resting time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 16 servings

Calories: 416kcal


  • Soak raisins in apple juice for about an hour or two.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 13×9 baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of butter.

  • Cut the bread in cubes, remove the crust if you want to. Spread the bread in the baking dish. Add soaked raisins with any remaining juice and mix.

  • Melt the remaining butter.

  • In a deep bowl, add 3/4 the sugar, cream or milk, butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix well until sugar almost dissolves.

  • Pour the milk mixture over the bread and press lightly to soak all bread, set aside for 5-10 minutes.

  • In another bowl, mix eggs, remaining sugar and remaining vanilla extract.

  • Pour the egg mixture over the pan and carefully mix.

  • Bake uncovered in oven for 40-50 minutes or until it is golden brown at the top.

  • Allow for it to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

To make the sauce:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, then add sugar and stir.

  • Dissolve cornstarch in the apple juice then add to the sauce pan.

  • Stir everything together for a couple of minutes until it thickens.


  • I liked leaving the crust on as it crisps and give the pudding that top crunchy texture.
  • You can use brown sugar instead of the white sugar for a more caramel or toffee- like taste.
  • Making the sauce is optional but we liked it so much.
  • If you are making the sauce then use 3/4 cup of sugar as 1 cup will be a bit sweeter.



Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

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First published July 25, 2019 . Last updated September 22, 2022 with important tips, clear step by step instructions and readability.

👩‍🏫 My Experience

This easy bread pudding is our favorite dessert, it is so simple to make yet holds loads of flavors. It is a great way to use up leftover bread in your home. Old fashioned bread pudding can be the vehicle to so many flavors, I loaded mine with raisins, vanilla and cinnamon.

When I was making this recipe, we’ve had a couple of the kiddos’ friends over, they were all playing in the basement and let me tell you, they came up running through the kitchen sniffing around with bright eyes and hungry bellies. The smell was charming and will make you drool 🤤.

Now, you might not care for the sauce but let me tell you the kids fought over it, I’ve made a simple sauce made out of butter, sugar and apple juice and thickened it with cornstarch. It added more flavor and richness to the dish.
You can add nuts if you would like to, but the kiddos at our home were allergic so we skipped this part. Get naughty and serve it warm, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of the sauce we just made… A real game changer.

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