Butterscotch Bread Pudding

“Oh, a dinner party?…Tonight?…Bring a dessert?…Suuuuure.”

Do you need to make something FAST?  I’ve got just the thing for you!  Watch this video before continuing to read!

I have made an incredible amount of desserts in my relatively short lifetime.  This is by far the most simple, most sinful, most exquisite dessert ever.  Ever.

I’m not sure if it’s because the entire world is addicted to bread, that the vanilla ice cream melted in makes it divine, or that your taste buds usually do not have the pleasure of butterscotch.  Whatever it is, I guarantee every single person at that dinner party will ask you for the recipe.

It’s almost disgusting how simple it is to bake!  And this is all you will have to clean… One bowl.  One fork.  One pan.

I’m also not sure why some people think “Bread pudding? That sounds gross.” I don’t know why it’s called ‘pudding’, but it’s definitely not the consistency of pudding.  Try it before you diss it.  Don’t judge a dessert by its awkward, unfortunate name.

Grocery list:

1 loaf of bread – any bread you’d like.  I think classic white bread tastes best, I wouldn’t try to be healthy and use whole wheat.  But you can try challah, semolina, italian, croissants, whatev.  (No that’s not a bread, just my shortened version of ‘whatever’, because I’m cool like that.)  Shoot for something that doesn’t have a super hard, thick crust and it will be perfect.

1 stick of butter – that’s a half of a cup for people that live in places that don’t sell sticks of butter.  I had no idea until I was in Canada and they only sell blocks of butter!

3 eggs

4 cups of whole milk (seriously, don’t try to skimp on calories for this recipe.)

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 cups of light brown sugar.  If you’re using a sweeter bread, use less. Use your judgement.  Somewhere between 1 1/2 to 2 cups.

1 cup of butterscotch chips. As you can see in the video, I don’t measure those very accurately… they’re the best part! (If you choose chocolate chips instead, use more like a half of a cup because they are MUCH more overpowering than the butterscotch. Still delish, but when I made it with 1 cup of chocolate, I made a mental note to never use that much again!

Set your oven to 350°.

In a BIG bowl, beat 3 eggs. Add in the half cup of melted butter, the vanilla, the brown sugar.  Mix.

Add in the milk. (Yes, that’s me playing some part of some flute piece that I probably learned in high school.)

Add the butterscotch chips.  Mix. Then just rip apart the bread and throw it in.

*Insider info: I took piano lessons for years and wasn’t a fan.  I now regret the decision to quit in 10th grade, however I am proud that I still have a good solid 5 pieces memorized in my arsenal. The piano piece I am playing is C.P.E Bach’s Solfeggietto.  If you are wondering if I played the piano at a slow speed and sped it up like the video, I did not.  The pitch of the piano would have gotten higher if I did.  And in the middle, when it gets faster, I just moved my fingers faster, I didn’t cheat and speed it up! Just wanted to clarify 😉  The funny part is though, I’ve actually never played it that well before, or that well after.  I almost gave up on it because no recording was coming out good enough.  I gave myself another chance. While I was recording the take I ended up using, I was thinking, “Holy crap, is this real life? Just get to the end, get to the end!” And somehow, I did.  It was meant to be!*

When I say butter your pan lightly, I’m referring to stinky baking pans that some people have.  If you have one that’s a good one, you don’t need to butter it.  If you have one that food constantly sticks in, coat the pan with a little butter or baking Pam. (which is just sprayable, fake butter flavored chemicals, so throw that away and buy some butter!)

Put your mixture in the 13×9 pan.  Put in the oven for about 45-60 minutes.  Keep an eye on it because if you didn’t know, every single household’s oven is different and unreliable. You should invest in a little oven thermometer (like $5) and most likely, you’ll discover it’s actually higher or lower than the temperature it says it is!

When it’s slightly brown on top and not too jiggly, take it out!



It will make your house smell amazing.  Definitely a good thing to make for that dinner party so when people come in, they will be overwhelmed with delight!  And even better, if the conversation is lagging, just bring out the bread pudding, you’ll have plenty to talk about!  Including the awesome person and YouTube channel you found this recipe on!!

Best option, eating right after it comes out of the oven.  Plop some vanilla ice cream on top.  Watch it melt.  Savor every bite.

Another just as good option, cut a piece, put it in a (microwavable) bowl, and heat just for 30-40 seconds.  Plop some vanilla ice cream on top.  Watch it melt.  Savor every bite.



If you try it out, let me know!! Post a pic of it on my facebook page!


Happy baking!

Chef Stef