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Challah Bread Pudding

I created this challah bread pudding recipe after my mother-in-law told me that she liked bread pudding. I was on a mission to create a version that was so good she'd ask me for the recipe. It worked! This can be served for breakfast, brunch or dessert. —Marsha Ketaner, Henderson, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 10 cups torn challah or egg bread (about 20-ounce loaf)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk the first 12 ingredients until blended. Gently stir in bread; let stand until bread is softened, about 15 minutes. Stir in apples, raisins and walnuts. Dot with cold butter.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until puffed, golden, and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Challah Bread Pudding Tips

What can I use in place of challah bread?

You can use cubed dinner rolls (like in this Best-Ever Bread Pudding) in place of challah, or try French bread or sourdough (like in this Banana Bread Pudding). If you can’t find challah bread at the store, make your own!

Is bread pudding supposed to be soggy?

The ideal bread pudding consistency is soft, while keeping its shape. But it’s up to personal preference! Some people prefer a soggier bread pudding, and some like a dryer bread pudding. If your bread pudding is watery, it may be because the bread did not soak up enough of the custard mixture before going into the oven. Gently press down on the bread cubes with a spoon once you've added the mixture to the baking dish. (Find even more bread pudding tips.)

What else can I make with challah?

There are plenty of ways to use up challah bread. One of our favorites is our Chocolate Challah French Toast. Check out these popular Jewish desserts for more sweet inspiration.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 498 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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