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Bread Pudding With Caramelized Maple Sauce

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A classic bread pudding spiced with cinnamon and dotted with raisins is taken to the next level with a thick and buttery caramelized maple sauce.  It is definitely an old timey comfort food dessert!

Piece of old fashioned bread pudding with raisins and maple sauce.

Soft and custardy bread pudding with just enough golden crunchy bits on top. This recipe definitely evokes a bit of nostalgia.  The raisins and bit of cinnamon help give this bread pudding that homey feeling you know and love.

I decided to do something a bit different with the sauce though. Caramelized maple syrup takes this dessert to the next level of deliciousness!

I’m on a warm comfort food streak lately and this seemed to fit the bill.  I made bread pudding for my dad as it is one of his favorites.

This isn’t my dad’s recipe.  I’m not actually sure that he’s ever made bread pudding. However my grandma knows she isn’t allowed to make it without letting him know!

I do hope to do a couple of my dad’s recipes as time goes on.  He makes his own summer sausage, jerky, hot sauce and is a master of the grill.  In the mean time, this is a recipe in his honor.

pouring custard over bread and raisins in pan.

This isn’t necessarily my grandma’s recipe either, though has a similar feel.  My guess is she normally does it a lot like I would and adds whatever feels right at the time!

However, I have heard that she has her mom’s recipe so I will have to try to get my hands on that! I love cooking from my grandma and great-grandma’s recipe boxes! 

pan of bread soaking in custard, ready to be baked into bread pudding.

I wasn’t in the mood for any of the sauces I saw online, so I just made something up.  I’d say it was a smashing success.

The bread pudding was soft and moist on the inside with delicious crunchy crust on top.  The sauce was sweet and warm and creamy and maple-y and caramelly and gooey and yummy.

maple sauce over piece of classic bread pudding with raisins.

 So if you have a hankering for something comforting and nostalgic, this is for you. Or if you just happen to have some stale bread that needs to be turned into something amazing!

For a few more fun twists on bread pudding, you may like Jameson Irish whiskey infused bread pudding from my friend 4 Sons R Us or this apple brioche bread pudding looks amazing. Or try one of our favorites, banana bread pudding.

Do you have a favorite version of bread pudding? I’d love to read all about it!

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Piece of old fashioned bread pudding with raisins and maple sauce.

Bread Pudding With Caramelized Maple Sauce

Servings: 9 Servings
Author: Carlee
A classic bread pudding spiced with cinnamon and dotted with raisins is taken to the next level with a thick and buttery caramelized maple sauce. It is definitely an old timey comfort food dessert!
4.80 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


Bread Pudding

  • About a half loaf of stale bread
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup raisins

Maple Sauce

  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup whole milk
Makes: 8 x 8inch rectangle


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Tear bread into bite sized pieces
    About a half loaf of stale bread
  • Layer half the bread in the bottom of a greased 8″ pan
  • Spread half the raisins over the bread
    ⅓ cup raisins
  • Repeat with remaining bread and raisins
  • Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and sugar 
    5 eggs, 4 cups whole milk, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pour over bread and allow to soak for at least a few minutes.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until set in the middle
  • When almost ready to serve, bring syrup, brown sugar, and butter to a boil in a saucepan.  Cook for five minutes.
    ½ cup maple syrup, ½ cup light brown sugar, ¼ cup butter
  • Let cool for a few minutes, then add milk.  Stir until smooth.  Sauce should be warm but not still boiling.
    ¼ cup whole milk
  • Serve sauce over (or under) bread pudding.  I love it while it is still warm, but it is good at room temperature as well.  Just warm the sauce before serving.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 460kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 341mgFiber: 2gSugar: 55g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 8th of June 2019

Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

This sounds amazing! The river boat casino nearby makes a bread pudding that they are locally famous for, and that's about the only time I indulge. Thinking now that maybe I should make some for Father's Day!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

It is easy to make, I don't know why I don't think to make it more!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Sunday 19th of May 2019

OK, I need to make this tonight. I'm doubling the maple sauce though--I'm pretty sure I'll drink most of it with a straw. This sounds incredible!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

It is definitely worth making to put on all the things! ;-)

born imaginative.

Sunday 25th of January 2015

My dad would love this!


Monday 26th of January 2015

It was so good! I would love to make it again, but I have so many recipes to try... hopefully soon!