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Eggnog Bread Pudding

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Prep Time: 5 mins    Cook Time: 35 mins

5 from 7 votes

If you’re looking for the best bread pudding recipe to warm you up when the weather gets chilly outside, look no further! This eggnog bread pudding is rich, tasty, and delicious. All you need are 3 ingredients!

Eggnog bread pudding on a plate.
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This dessert takes only 5 minutes to put together and then you just need to pop it in the oven. Your kitchen will smell warm, sweet, and toasty; just like a bakery!

Since bread pudding is made with eggs anyway, the addition of eggnog works really well to add a brand new accent to this iconic dessert.

Puff pastry apple turnovers and this easy 4-ingredient caramel apple dump cake are two more favorites of mine that are deliciously warming during the cooler months.

Main Ingredients

The ingredients used to make eggnog bread pudding spread out on a table.

With only 3 ingredients in this tasty bread pudding recipe, it’s fair to say they’re all main ingredients. Let’s take a look at what you need to make this satisfying fall or winter dessert:

  • Cinnamon raisin bread: The main ingredient. I love using cinnamon raisin bread in this recipe or for French toast. It saves me having to add cinnamon and raisins separately. If you want to use a different kind, go for it. If your bread is very soft, you might want to toast it lightly first so it doesn’t turn mushy.
  • Eggnog: For a rich flavor. Eggnog is a festive favorite and you can use regular or light. You can even throw in a splash of rum to take the indulgence level over the top! I like Horizon and Lucerne eggnog brands. You can also get Almond Breeze eggnog which is vegan-friendly.
  • Eggs: To perfect the texture. If you want this to be vegan, you can use flax eggs. Stir a tablespoon of flaxseed meal with a tablespoon of water and let it sit for 5 minutes. This mixture replaces one egg, so you’ll need 4 times this amount. Because flax eggs don’t stiffen and bind like real ones, they don’t always work in recipes where the egg has to hold everything together, but they work pretty well in eggnog bread pudding. Just make sure the bread you’re using is also vegan.

Instructions Overview

You need to cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and put them in a greased baking dish. Whisk the eggs and eggnog and pour them over the cubes of bread.

Toss the bread a bit so it’s fully coated in the eggnog mixture. Refrigerate for an hour then bake until puffy and golden and serve warm.

Finished bread pudding in a baking dish.

Common Questions

What is eggnog made of?

This festive beverage is a combination of egg yolks, cream, sugar, and either rum or whiskey. Nutmeg is a common ingredient in there too. It’s usually served chilled but, as you can see, it’s versatile enough to make delicious desserts with!

Can eggnog not have alcohol?

Although George Washington adored eggnog and added sherry, rye whiskey, and rum to his (yes really!) it doesn’t need to have alcohol. In fact, most of the eggnog at the grocery store is non-alcoholic and people then add their own liquor to it, so if you want to make this alcoholic, add a splash of rum, whiskey, or brandy, and if not then you don’t have to.

Should my bread pudding be jiggly?

You’ll know when it is done because a toothpick will come out clean and the inside of the bread pudding will be 160°F. It is normal to come out a bit jiggly, but it will firm up a little more as it begins to cool.

Where does cinnamon raisin bread come from?

This type of bread can be traced back to the 15th century in Europe. Perhaps you want to make your own loaves, but I usually just buy them from the store. I love it for breakfast as well as for making this eggnog bread pudding recipe of course!

A close up of bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Use any kind of bread you want. I love the flavor of cinnamon raisin bread and usually have some on hand. Feel free to use any kind though, even gluten-free bread.
  • Why not add a splash of your favorite liquor to the eggnog to add boozy appeal!
  • Simmer ½ cup brown sugar with ¼ cup each of butter, heavy cream, and whiskey and a teaspoon of vanilla for a few minutes to make a warm whiskey sauce. This is optional of course but so good! Swap the whiskey for your liquor of choice.
An overhead shot of eggnog bread pudding on a white plate with a spoon.

Eggnog bread pudding is a super-easy 3-ingredient recipe that everyone will love. All you need is cinnamon raisin bread, eggnog, and eggs to make this exquisite, warming dessert.

Let us know what you think! Give this recipe a rating in the comments section below.

Recipe

How to Make

Eggnog Bread Pudding

One wonderful way to welcome in the winter is with this warming dessert. It’s thick, rich and tasty, and ideal for a chilly evening.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Chilling Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 8 bowls

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1x1-inch squares
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 4 eggs
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Instructions

  • Grease an 8-inch square baking dish and then spread the cut bread cubes evenly into it.
  • Add the eggnog and eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Pour the mixture over the cubes of bread and then mix them until fully coated in the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
  • When finished chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F and then transfer the baking dish from the refrigerator to the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden and puffy.
  • Remove from oven, let cool for at least 10 minutes, and then serve while still warm. Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Use any kind of bread you want. I love the flavor of cinnamon raisin bread and usually have some on hand. Feel free to use any kind though, even gluten-free bread.
  • Why not add a splash of your favorite liquor to the eggnog to add boozy appeal!
  • Simmer ½ cup brown sugar with ¼ cup each of butter, heavy cream, and whiskey and a teaspoon of vanilla for a few minutes to make a warm whiskey sauce for the dessert. This is optional of course but so good! Swap the whiskey for your liquor of choice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 574kcal (29%), Carbohydrates: 98g (33%), Protein: 20g (40%), Fat: 13g (20%), Saturated Fat: 4g (25%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 119mg (40%), Sodium: 681mg (30%), Potassium: 538mg (15%), Fiber: 8g (33%), Sugar: 15g (17%), Vitamin A: 250IU (5%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 212mg (21%), Iron: 6mg (33%)
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  1. 5 stars
    Easy and Beyond DELICIOUS!!!!😋
    Thank you sharing this recipe!

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    • Hi Alisha, thanks so much for your feedback! I'm so happy to hear how easy and delicious it was!!

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