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Breakfast Bread Pudding

This incredible breakfast bread pudding is made 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.

A spoonful of breakfast bread pudding from a small baking dish

I don't know of anything better to wake up to than this breakfast bread pudding filled with apples and pecans. 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 over torn pieces of bread.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • This breakfast bread pudding recipe is ideal if you have leftover or stale bread. In the case of this recipe, 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.
  • It's made with simple ingredients and tastes incredible!
A closeup of a small baking dish of breakfast bread pudding with bits of apples and pecans scattered on top.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Bread: I used croissants in this bread pudding recipe but you can use just about any type of bread. Use 2 cups of cubed bread.
  • Milk, an egg and heavy cream: These ingredients are the "base" of a delicious bread pudding. Feel free to use any percentage of cow's milk. Although I love the rich flavor of the bread pudding when I use heavy cream, feel free to use only milk instead.
  • Brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla: Use these ingredients for sweetness and delicious flavor.
  • Sugar and cinnamon: Mix these ingredients together and sprinkle over the top of the bread pudding before baking. They provide a lovely slightly crisp topping.
  • Diced apples and pecans: Scatter the apples and pecans over the top of the bread and gently "tuck" them into spaces between the cubes of bread. This way you're sure to get apples and pecans in every bite.
  • Butter: Cut pieces of salted butter into small cubes and add to the top of the bread before baking.

How To Make This Recipe

  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 bread.
  2. Tuck diced apples and chopped pecans between the cubes of bread, then add bits of butter to the top.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  4. 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.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove pans from the oven. Remove the smaller baking dish from the larger pan. Place on rack to cool.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Water Bath?

A water bath, or a bain-marie, is a dish of water used to bake recipes requiring gentle, even heat. It insulates the dish so that it doesn't overcook. 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.

What Is The Best Size Baking Dish To Use In This Single Serving Recipe?

For this easy breakfast bread pudding recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish which has an area of 25 square inches. For best results use a baking dish of similar size.
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Can This Recipe Be Made Ahead?

Bread pudding may be made a day ahead, refrigerated overnight and baked before serving. Keep in mind that unbaked bread pudding will become soggier the longer it sits, so it's not recommended to leave it unbaked longer than overnight.

A partially eaten breakfast bread pudding made with bits of croissants on a tray.

Expert Tips

  • 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.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this breakfast bread pudding recipe you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Other Single Serving Breakfast Recipes

Other Ways To Use Leftover Bread

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Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding For One | One Dish Kitchen

Breakfast Bread Pudding For One

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

Ingredients

  • 2 cups croissants , cut into cubes (2 standard sized croissants)
  • 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 salted 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

Expert Tips
  • 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.

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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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45 thoughts on “Breakfast Bread Pudding”

  1. I made half this recipe for one generous serving. It was a delicious and generous warm breakfast for a cold rainy morning. I am allergic to eggs so I used Just Egg a vegan egg product and it turned out perfectly.

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