Bread pudding

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus 15 mins soaking


Cuts into 9 squares
This simple bake is lovely with tea, or custard or ice cream for dessert

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal510
  • fat13g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs94g
  • sugars67g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.15g
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  • 500g white or wholemeal bread
  • 500g/1lb 2oz mixed dried fruit
  • 85g mixed peel
  • 1 ½ tbsp mixed spice
  • 600ml milk



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  • 2 large egg, beaten



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  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • zest 1 lemon (optional)



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  • 100g butter, melted



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  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Tear the bread into a large mixing bowl and add the fruit, peel and spice. Pour in the milk, then stir or scrunch through your fingers to mix everything well and completely break up the bread. Add eggs, muscovado and lemon zest if using. Stir well, then set aside for 15 mins to soak.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 20cm non-stick square cake tin (not one with a loose base). Stir the melted butter into the pudding mixture, tip into the tin, then scatter with demerara. Bake for 1½ hrs until firm and golden, covering with foil if it starts to brown too much. Turn out of the tin and strip off the paper. Cut into squares and serve warm.

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Comments (134)

thecakefairy7's picture

Everything went great with this recipe.
I used Cinnamon, instead of mixed spice but only as I didn't have any in the cupboard.
It is the best bread pudding I've tasted and quite a transformation of the old, tired, freezer dried bread I had been stock-piling, which was the only reason I decided to make this, to get rid of it!!!
In my favourites now and will be made again.

sehodgetts's picture

Kept seeing bread pudding everywhere recently - so decided it was time to stop salivating over it and try making some!
After reading the comments I decided to only make half the amount here and as a vegan, I replaced the egg with a banana and used soya milk instead. As a couple of others have done, I used the juice of the lemon too, and I soaked the fruit in brandy - I reckon rum would have been awesome though!!
Even using half the amount it cut nicely into 9 pieces too (perhaps not as thick as it should have been, but half as bad for you!)!!

shannymoag's picture

I made this yesterday for the first time. It was SO easy to make and turned out SOOO well. It's lovely and soft in the middle and full of fruit. I added the juice of the lemon as well as the zest, and used a whole bag of the 'value' mixed fruit and peel. I also added extra mixed spice. I didn't have a tin big enough for the recipe so I used a glass dish I usually use for cottage pie, and it was perfect. I normally buy this as a snack from the work canteen at 75p a square....its so much cheaper to make it yourself! Great recipe and very easy to make..will definately be making it again!!

trish17's picture

Absolutely delish! - bread pudding is a favourite of my partner's but even he thought that this was the best recipe ever! Followed the recipe apart from increasing the quantity of mixed spice to 2 tbs. Cut it into 12 pieces instead of 9 though as the pudding is around 3" thick.

starfirebird's picture

I've made this a few times before and it is always delicious. Today, I soaked the fruit in Morgan's Spiced Rum for half an hour or so, then drained off the rum into a measuring jug before adding the fruit to the mix. I used the rum to replace some of the milk but I did use slightly more liquid than the amount specified in the recipe - I will do so again next time as the finished result was a nicer texture and was easier to slice. After grating in the lemon rind, I also squeezed the lemon juice into the mix. If you taste the mix before baking, the rum seems a bit overpowering but once it is cooked it tastes beautiful and I think it was my best effort so far. Great recipe!

lynhollingbery's picture

My kids love this bread pudding and it is an easy one to make plus you can get the kids to most of the hard work( the washing up )

jfk2009's picture

This is absolutely divine! I never liked bread pudding as a child, I am now converted. I made it at my husbands request and ate most of it myself!! :))

oohyumyum's picture

Fantastic smells emanating from oven! Have changed recipe as follows increased volume and changed volume of dried fruit. Used 750g bread, 500g dried fruit incl. mix peel, used 1.5tsp mixed spice, 1.5tsp cinamon, grated 2 squares of seriously dark choc, grated orange rind. Pre-soaked dried fruit for 30 mins in orange juice and a splash of tropical juice, then drained before adding. 900ml milk, 3 x large eggs (pre- beaten a little with large jollop of very good vanilla essence), 150g melted butter, 220g sugar (I used mix of granulated and demerara, grated rind of orange. Mixed well smelt and looked great then. Lined a very large low level casserole dish put mix in, sprinkled demerara on top and now into oven. Will probably have to add to cooking time, but will post here with what that was and end result - fingers crossed!!
;) Sarah (ooh-yum-yum)

suzelswampangel's picture

I made this last week after buying a loaf reduced to 19p in my local waitrose and everyone loved it, even my neighbours two boys age 11 and, giving it another go now, using dark muscovado sugar as that's all I have and only cinnamon as there's no allspice, this is just the sort of recipe where you can leave stuff out and substitute other stuff, after all our mothers just used up what was left in the cupboard.... as long as there's loads of fruit and sugar on top it's yummy ! It has been a rainy and unseasonably (for June) cold day, perfect for comfort food such as Bread Pudding. Eat hot ! x

clarri69's picture

I made this today with my 4 year old. He loved it because it's quite hands on and messy with the tearing bread and adding all the milk etc.

I just used raisins, dates and apricots with lemon zest and cinnamon and nutmeg for the spices.

It's really moist and absolutely lovely. Simple but quite impressive and I would consider serving it as a sort of retro pudding for friends.

leah627's picture

I had some Hot cross buns which were not particularly fresh and they made an amazing bread pudding. This is certainly the best recipe for bread pudding that I have ever made.
I will be making it again very soon !!!!!

epicesdevie's picture

Lovely light recipe, the use of lemon makes it less stodgy than some bread puddings. As we dislike peel I left that out and used the lemon juice as well as the rind. Also, as we live in France I used left over french bread which tends to be lighter (and goes stale quicker!) than british bread.

dougall's picture

Made this today, easy to make and very yummie. T enjoyed it too. Will definitely make it again, a great way of using up old bread

kezab2007's picture

So much better than bread and butter pudding. A wee nip of Sailor Jerry adds to the flavor. Thanks BBC! ;)

janine15's picture

I made this spur of the moment to use up some stale bread. It was delicious. I missed out the mixed peel as I don't like it, and I used soft light brown sugar in the pudding and to sprinkle on top as that was what I had in the cupboard at the time, and it came out perfectly. It was delicious warm with vanilla ice cream and just as nice the next day cold, cut into fingers.

gripper103's picture

Great fun mixing this,much better recipe than ones i've used before,added some chopped chocolate to the mix :)

nuffinbuttrouble's picture

Lovely. I use cinnamon instead of mixed spice and add 2/3 peeled, finely chopped granny smiths. Will never give stale bread to ducks again. Sorry quackers

velvetrose's picture

Made this today ... what a winter warmer pud ... served with whipped cream .....
As a child hated it .. the way my maw made it ... but I'm now duely converted fan ...

leigh40's picture

Made this for my family and work collegues, and they all loved it, I live in Holland and they dont have bread pudding here so was something different for everyone, good receipe

bonbon-1975's picture

Made this yesterday for the first time making bread & butter pudding & it turned out brilliant!! followed the recepy exactly as it stated & it turned out perfect will defenetly be making this again!!


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