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.

breakfast bread pudding in a dish

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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breakfast bread pudding

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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.

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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breakfast bread pudding

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.

Step 3

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

  • 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.

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


Apple and pecan filled breakfast bread pudding

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Other Single Serving Breakfast Recipes

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones

Blueberry Muffin

French Toast

Baked Oatmeal With Fruit


Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding Recipe

Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding For One | One Dish Kitchen

Croissant Breakfast Bread Pudding

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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: 20.4% | Vitamin C: 1.7% | Calcium: 19.2% | Iron: 7.3%
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38 thoughts on “Breakfast Bread Pudding”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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!

    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.

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