Ultimate Caramel Bread Pudding

"Adapted from a Cook's Illustrated recipe, this is by far the best bread pudding I've ever had. Rustic, easy, and oh-so-delicious. Make two and hide one for yourself."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Spread 1 c Caramel Sauce in bottom of 13 x 9 pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Any large loaf will do, but a nice French bread, or a Challah work especially well.
  • Spread bread cubes onto sheet pan in a single layer. Brown in oven for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Reduce oven to 325. Don't forget this step (the voice of experience speaks)!
  • In a medium bowl, mix eggs, half-and-half, vanilla and salt. Add 1 1/2 c caramel sauce to this mixture.
  • Place bread cubes in a very large bowl and pour mixture over cubes. Toss gently until all cubes are coated.
  • Let stand 20 minutes, gently mixing occasionally. Be sure that there are no dry cubes!
  • Spread the soaked bread over the caramel in the 13 x 9 pan.
  • Bake at lower oven level for 45 minutes.
  • Let cool 30 minutes and serve, drizzled with remaining caramel sauce.

Questions & Replies

  1. Where is the recipe for the caramel sauce? It said recipe below but I couldn’t find it. Would really appreciate you getting back to me. Thanks very much!!


  1. Well. This recipe went over great. Made me an all-star. My wife had been asking for bread pudding for weeks. Only problem is that I had never made it, and my wife does not like nuts or fruit in her bread pudding. All I can say is this recipe fit the bill perfectly.
  2. So good, and it showcases that delicious caramel sauce perfectly. I loved the texture of the bread pudding, and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream was the perfect topping. It was also surprisingly easy to make. I used a plain white bread, but next time I might try French bread. [Made & Reviewed for PAC Fall 2013]


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