Breakfast Bread Pudding

This incredible breakfast bread pudding recipe is filled with bits of sweet apples and pecans. Perfect for breakfast or dessert and can be ready in minutes! This bread pudding recipe can serve one or two people.

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I don’t know of anything better to wake up to than this apple and pecan filled breakfast bread pudding. Unlike many breakfast bread puddings or breakfast casseroles, you don’t have to mix the ingredients together overnight.

In fact, when you’re ready to enjoy this bread pudding, simply mix the liquid ingredients together and pour it over torn pieces of bread.

Bread Pudding

This breakfast bread pudding recipe is ideal if you have leftover or stale bread. In the case of this particular bread pudding, I had a couple of standard sized croissants I decided to use. Actually, any type of thick bread will work. 

Bread pudding isn’t complicated – it’s simple. It’s proof that leftover bread, in this case croissants, can be transformed into an amazing breakfast without a whole lot of work.

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How To Make Breakfast Bread Pudding

I used two croissants in this bread pudding recipe and sliced them into cubes. It was the perfect amount to fill my small baking dish.

If you don’t have croissants, feel free to use a different kind of bread; rolls, sourdough, and french bread are personal favorites. Use about 2 cups of cubed bread.

Other ingredients in breakfast bread pudding:

  • milk
  • egg
  • heavy cream (or double cream)
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • diced apples
  • pecans
  • butter

Step 1

In a bowl, whisk together milk, an egg, a splash of cream, a little brown sugar, maple syrup, a touch of granulated sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour the liquid over the croissants.

Tuck diced apples and chopped pecans between the cubes of bread, then add bits of butter to the top.

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Step 2

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).

Make a water bath. Boil a kettle of water. Place the baking dish with the bread pudding in a larger roasting pan.

Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the bread pudding dish.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Pro Tip: When making a custard-like dish, I use a water bath, also called a bain marie. The reason for using a water bath is to prevent the custard from drying out too quickly. Please don’t be put off by this, it’s incredibly easy. You will need to find a pan that will comfortably hold your small baking dish while maintaining an inch or more of space around the sides for the water. A small to medium-sized roasting pan works well.

Step 3

Carefully remove pans from the oven. Remove the smaller baking dish from the larger pan. Place on rack to cool.

The bread pudding bakes in the oven for about 30 minutes.

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Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding Recipe

Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding For One | One Dish Kitchen

Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: bread pudding
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 634kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 standard sized croissants , cut into cubes
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • pinch cinnamon
  • ¼ cup peeled, diced apples
  • cup pecans
  • ¼ tablespoon butter , cut into bits

Instructions

  • Place the cubed croissants into a 5-inch baking dish coated with baking spray or butter.
  • In a small bowl,whisk together the milk, egg, cream, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour over bread.
  • Mix together the sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the bread pudding.
  • Scatter the diced apples and pecans on top of the cubes of bread and gently insert them between the cubes.
  • Top with the bits of butter.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Boil a kettle of water. Place the baking dish with the bread pudding in a larger roasting pan.
  • Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the bread pudding dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove pans from the oven. Remove the smaller baking dish from the larger pan. Place on rack to cool.

Notes

You can use any type of bread in this recipe. Use 2 cups of cubed bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 262mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding For One - a wonderful single-serving breakfast or dessert from One Dish Kitchen, your source for single-serving recipes.
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39 thoughts on “Breakfast Bread Pudding”

  1. 5 stars
    Have not tried it yet and have no croissants on hand. So I plan to bake a tube of the refrigerated “croissant” rolls and use maybe 4 of them because they are little = and make it in my brand new 3 quart size Insta Pot, Jackie

  2. 5 stars
    Just wonderful! Made it earlier this week and both my husband and I really liked it. The apples and the pecans added texture. I had large croissants and only had to use one. Highly recommend.

  3. Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition

    This is a great idea. My sons and I have been making mug cakes recently and it's so fun to create a recipe for one. Love those Le Creuset pans too!

  4. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    Bread Pudding For One is exactly what I need! I love making bread pudding but I always have a ton left over !

  5. Joyce | Live Laugh Love Post

    I would love to try the croissant breakfast! I've pinned this so I will not forget. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    I love croissants so much I generally have to keep them away from my kitchen; BUT, I love, love this idea for the bread pudding for one. Get your fix without overeating! Did you enjoy London? I haven't been there since 2009, I'd love to go back!

    1. I think London is my favorite city in the world – I love it there. Yes, croissants are one of my (many) weaknesses and this dish is great for using up any that might be leftover. It's also great for portion control 😉

  7. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    Your single serve recipes are such a great idea! So many people cook this way and I think it's wonderful that you tailor your recipes to those folks. I, on the other hand always cook for a small army (even though there is only two of us). I must be crazy!

  8. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    This is genius! I love bread pudding, but not everyone else in my family isn't too big on it. I always make up a big pan of it and can't finish it by myself before I need to toss it out. This is the perfection solution! 🙂

    1. I agree, Carrie. Last weekend, two of my older children were home and I made three individual bread puddings. It was a nice way to serve up Sunday morning breakfast.

  9. 5 stars
    I think bakers broke the mold when they created the croissant! I am so going to try this scrumptious looking breakfast.

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    This is perfect! I really don't need 16 servings of bread pudding, or like, 2 cups of heavy cream. Because I will eat it ALL. Really quickly. 😉

  11. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    These are adorable! I love single serving breakfasts because sometimes my whole family doesn't necessarily want to eat all the same thing, and I could see making this as a treat just for me 🙂 It looks delicious!

  12. Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary

    Ooh..my.. really salivating seeing your pictures here. great idea using croissant for your bread pudding, it left lightly crunchy texture in delish pudding… love it 🙂

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