Jan 14, 2013

Eats: Pullman Bread Pudding

Eats: What's Cooking in the Kitchen?

There are some winter days when you just have to put a bread pudding in the oven. Over the weekend, while the temperature hovered around the 40+ degree mark, the days were foggy, cool, and drizzly, which in my mind is perfect for a pan of bread pudding.

There are mainly two types of bread pudding:  super rich and soaking or minimalist and moist.  Depending on my mood, I like both but this weekend, I opted for a minimalist pudding that was still toothsome but light. Since the main ingredient in bread pudding is ... well ... bread, I looked around for something more interesting than simple white bread. Once I came across a freshly baked loaf of cinnamon raisin pullman bread, I knew my baking could begin.

Pullman bread or pain de mie is typically baked in a lidded loaf pan to keep the crust thin. The bread has a lovely texture when toasted and when made up into a pudding, carries the custard mixture beautifully. I was fortunate in that my loaf already had cinnamon and raisins but if you find only a plain pullman, I would strongly recommend adding a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of raisins to the recipe below.

This is an easy and delicious dessert which will scent your entire kitchen and make a winter's day just a pinch warmer!  Enjoy.

Pullman Bread Pudding
(serves 6)

1 loaf of cinnamon raisin pullman bread
2 1/2 cups of milk (I used 1% to keep the fat content down)
1/2 cup half & half
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Slice bread and lay in a buttered 9 x 12 baking dish.  With a whisk, mix the milk, half & half, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.  Pour liquid mixture evenly over the bread and bake for 45 minutes.

Let cool and slice into squares.  Serve with ice cream or a dash of plain cream. 


  1. YUM! That sounds absolutely amazing. It's been so cold here, that that would be just perfect right now.

  2. That's the second time I've read about bread pudding, although yours is the healthy variety! I might have to make some now!

  3. I giggled when I saw this post this morning, because I'm making savory bread pudding for dinner tonight! Maybe I'll post my recipe if I have time to take photos!

  4. Yum! I love bread pudding, that loaf looks amazing, I haven't seen a pullman loaf here before, might have to see about making one!

  5. Love making it with rye bread for a change up


  6. Oh, that does look delicious and I can almost smell the cinnamon! Bon app├ętit :D

  7. That bread is beautiful! I don't think that I would have been able to cut it up and make it into bread pudding, but then again bread pudding is a great dessert! Thank you for sharing the recipe, you are giving me some new things to try!

  8. Hummmmmmm!!
    I seems delicious!!!

  9. Delicious! I love bread pudding, although we call it bread and butter pudding... I butter the bread ;)
    Such a great way of using bread a bit too old - especially fruity bread. Perfect for winter.

  10. That looks absolutely delicious - sadly I am wheat intolerant. Gluten free bread isn't great but ... I wonder how it would turn out in a pudding...?

  11. This is beautiful! I'll have to try it one weekend.