Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

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Simple and delicious Bread Pudding topped with a sweet Vanilla Bean Sauce.  The perfect dessert to serve at any occasion.Syllabub, Blackberry and Apple Crumble, Banoffee Pie or one of my favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding are just some of the delicious British desserts that have been around for generations. I love British culture.  From the style, the traditions and of course the food, I love all things British.


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Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

An easy recipe for bread pudding drizzled with a sweet vanilla bean sauce.

  • Author: Jenn Dempsey
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 loaf of day old French bread cut into large bite size cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and beans removed.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss cubed bread, cranberries and nuts.
  3. In another large bowl mix milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a small bowl whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until blended then stir into milk mixture.
  5. Add bread, cranberries and pecans and gently stir until it has almost absorbed all of the milk mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes until top is golden brown and center of pudding comes out clean with a tester.
  7. Place pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.

Vanilla Bean Sauce

  1. While pudding is cooling, add sugar, butter, cream, vanilla beans and pod to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean pod and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Pour over bread pudding or serve on the side.

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  1. Id like to try it in my Christmas cookie recipes. I could make sugar cookies, oatmeal and peanut butter cookies.

  2. I would love to try a peach cobbler or apple cobbler with the Tate Lyte Organic Pure Cane Sugar. My husband would probably just use it in tea!

  3. Oh, wouldn’t the Organic Pure Cane Sugar be wonderful in my lemon sugar cookies. Can’t wait for the next Walmart trip to see if my store has it.

  4. I would like to use it in my breakfast breads: banana bread, coffee cake, pumpkin chocolate chip, etc.!

  5. I would love to use it in a birthday cake I’m making for my soon to be 4 year old niece! I’m making it from scratch and even making the fondant!

  6. What a fun site, thank you!! I will pick Pistachio Shortbread even though I saw SO many I would love to try.

  7. I would use the sugar in my chocolate pound cake.

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  8. I would start with sugar cookies (I love cookies of all sorts and every dessert! I would have to try Jennifer’s bread pudding recipe, too. That sauce looks so good!)

  9. My daughter and I are HUGE fans of chewy sugar cookies, I would love to try something more natural that has no additives or preservatives.

  10. I would try Tate+Lyle Sugars on a Cinnamon Bread recipe as well as a recipe I have for cookies ‘n cream dessert bars…yum!

  11. It’s blueberry season here in Maine, so I’d love to use organic Tate+Lyle sugar in my annual blueberry canning frenzy of putting up jam and pie filling.

  12. I would love to use the sugar to make some delicious oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies! I love cookies!

  13. I would love to make your recipe for bread pudding, it looks so good. I also would like to try it in Lemon Meringue Pie.

  14. This looks amazing! I have “met” a British gal on FB and we correspond — I’ll have to ask her for some great recipes for this sugar.

  15. My husband has been saying he would like a bread pudding and this one actually looks like it will be good (instead of hard and chewy oooor the other end of the spectrum, soggy). I’ll give it a try tomorrow and see!

  16. I would love to make my favorite sugar cookies with this sugar!

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  17. I would love to make , Orejas(Ears) is a flaky and sweet Mexican pastry that is shaped like an ear, Thank you!

  18. Your bread pudding looks delicious! I think I will try your recipe. I’d also like to use the sugar in my pecan pie or pecan bars.

  19. I’d like to try it in homemade ice creams – I like to make them year round and the quality of simple ingredients is what will make an ice cream stand out!!

  20. I have never tried bread pudding before, this looks delish. I would use the sugars in homemade cookies and cupcakes!

  21. I made the bread pudding without the cranberries, doubled the nuts, used regular sugar, a little less bread and didn’t have a vanilla bean so I used vanilla extract. It turned out amazingly beautiful and my family said it was amazing!

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