Introduction: 5 Minute Bread Pudding for One

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When you don't know what to do with those pesky end heels of your bread loaf - turn them into fluffy, custardy gold with this super quick and simple dessert! 

Step 1: Tools / Ingredients

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These ingredients are more suggestions, you can easily make substitutions to almost everything but the bread and eggs. 

You'll need: 
- a microwaveable coffee cup or bowl
- bread (stale ok!)
- 1 egg
- 1-3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt or milk
- 1-2 tablespoons of butter / margarine

Optional ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons applesauce 
- 1 tsp vanilla 
- dash of cinnamin

Step 2: Tear It Up!

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Now tear up your inedible bread. I happened to have some "english muffin bread" from Trader Joe's, I think it really enhances the taste and texture since it's already kind of dense and spongy *Mmmmmmmm*

Put the pieces into the cup and set aside. 

Step 3: Mix & Pour

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Whisk together all remaining ingredients. If your butter is not soft enough yet, it's ok to melt it. 

Pour the mixture on top of the bread. If needed, use a fork to help it along down into the crevices so it makes its way throughout the bread. 

Step 4: Microwave, Set and Serve

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Pop in the microwave for about 2 minutes. When it's done, let it cool for as long as you can stand it. Letting it set for a few minutes allows the flavor and texture to set in. 

Once cooled to your liking, dig in and enjoy! 


Melzzz02 made it! (author)2017-02-07

I love it. I also made a quick cheat for vanilla sauce by mixing a couple tablespoons of milk with a table spoon of powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. I also added extra cinnamon

mwendapoleee. made it! (author)2016-02-09

Can't wait to taste!

Foodlover777 (author)2015-12-09

That is a great bread pudding, i have made it over 5 times in 2 days

GrumpyS (author)2015-04-30

Thanks for a simple, delicious recipe. I had a yen for bread pudding one evening but didn't want to bake something large for 45 minutes. It's so easy to customize as well. I happened to have some currants soaking in water for something else and it worked fine. Any dried fruit can work, but I noticed the fruits are plump and juicy if they can soak for a bit.

dave.pierson.71 (author)2015-04-19

I used two slices of cinnamon raisin bread. And then drizzled pancake syrup over the baked custard.

Sometimes I have this for breakfast. And add bacon bits to it also.

Hawkesbury7572892435 (author)2014-11-26

So easy to make! Great for rushed mornings when I need something sweet!

johnny108 (author)2014-08-23

Looks kinda like the "MRE cobbler" we would make when deployed:

1 Packet peaches (canned peaches in syrup, basically), mix in 4 packets of sugar, and 2 packets of coffee creamer, a dash of extra water, crumble two crackers and stir into the mix, then heat with an MRE heater for 20 minutes.

Have you tried the recipe with any other canned/jarred fruits?

moonfirecrafter (author)2014-07-16

I had my first bread pudding about a year ago and while it was good it was not something I really liked. This however is amazing. I now make a special loaf of bread just for this.

Micizzle (author)2011-05-21

This. Looks. Divine. I tried bread pudding in Scotland a few weeks ago, and I LOVED it. My family didn't like it very much though, so this is perfect. Thanks :)

Ginajoll (author)Micizzle2014-05-29

Hi. Bread and butter pudding and bread pudding are two different things. Bread pudding is dense pudding/cake, full of dried fruit, spice, egg milk and bread. The difference is that the bread is really soaked until a pulp. It sounds awful from this, but it's delicious poor people's food. My great grandmother used to make a huge one every Monday with stale bread from the baker (free). I still make it, but you can't get free good bread any more. Boo.

Try this link:

hkruse1 (author)2014-04-28

I mixed everything in a coffee cup and added the bread afterwards, for a one-pot/cup mess, delicious, fast and soo easy!

peanut67 (author)2014-04-14

I don't have raisins, I have cranberries though. Would that work?

micheledef (author)2013-07-01

Make this more often than I should. Just tried it with pepperidge farms blueberry bread. Amazing!!!

tanksterbot (author)2013-05-21

Mmm great snack am eating it at the mo

ninite (author)2013-04-01

Just made this and it was great, I added raisins, and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Gparsa07 (author)2013-01-22

This is sooooo yummy and so easy. I used sweet bread so didn't add sugar and topped off at the end with vanilla ice cream. My husband said wow this is so good!

mavila10 (author)2013-01-18


CousinFabian (author)2012-07-28

Oh, goodness, this is delicious! I added nutmeg and cloves with the cinnamon, and used plain Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt. I also added two fresh walnuts, broken into small pieces. It's a great little crunchy addition, especially if you're used to raisins in your bread pudding.
I'd definitely try to bump up the amount of liquid mixed together, though, especially if you're using both heels from a loaf of sandwich bread. The top half of my pudding was a little too dry for my taste.
Overall, though, a fabulous recipe. Great job!

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)2012-07-09

Yay! Thanks for breakfast.

kmac1 (author)2012-04-25

Thanks!! Exactly what I was looking for in a midnight snack! Just made this and it tastes great! Ubber Kudos!!

Evan606 (author)2012-02-25

Just made this and it was awesome. Add anywhere from half or a whole egg to make it even better!

baba4 (author)2012-02-13


tina.bhowmik (author)2011-09-06

wat shud be the temp...can nybdy tel me 

Ballooner (author)tina.bhowmik2012-02-12

Do you have a regular microwave? if so just leave it a full power.

Ballooner (author)2012-02-12

Excellent instructable! I'm eating the fruits of my labors now. One thing I noticed is that you might want to add a step when you are mixing the other ingredients. because if you cream the butter and sugar together first you will get a much smoother mixture to pour over the bread. Also i used cinnamon swirl bread it just makes the taste all the better.

reniveizi (author)2012-02-10

Waiting for it to cool down,:)

spunkeemunkee (author)2012-02-04

I just made this for my husband and myself using left over hot cross buns. I didn't accurately measure my milk and I used 4 eggs. OMG this was delicious and bought a smile to hubby's face, I'm sure to be in the good books for days ;-)

Doddity (author)2011-12-08

Thanks for the recipe, it was delicious

jdowd (author)2011-08-12

Yum! It taste like cake!

FiveTailedFox (author)2011-08-03

This is an incredibly dangerous recipe. I should never be able to access bread pudding so quickly, easily, and deliciously. Really, this is absolutely fantastic!

Italianelissa (author)2011-07-22

How long wud cook this in the microwave?

I may be a bit late but anywhere around 2 minutes

TheJenx (author)2011-07-13

Brilliant. Quick, easy, DELICIOUS. Madam, you are a genius.

Now to bastardize this with chocolate syrup and strawberries...

isandy (author)2011-07-12

will try it soon! it looks delicious!

patrickh44 (author)2011-07-12

Delicious idea!

zmazeen (author)2011-04-24

Yummmy looks great. must give it a try

HarveyDanger (author)2011-04-21

Our microwave is broken. :( How would I do this in an oven? I'm bad with temp/time stuff so I wouldn't know where to begin. I'm the only person in my house that likes bread pudding so it's not entirely practical to make a large batch.

Do the same thing, but toss it in the oven. If I was doing it in the oven I'd go with 350F, for about 20 minutes. Check it to make sure it doesn't burn, and get's done. 350F is a good "I don't know what to cook it at" temp.

Although, thinking about it, I am now thinking I might try this in cup cake pans, and freeze the extras.

gemtree (author)2010-12-03

Mmmmm, if I wasn't so sleepy, I would make this right now. THANKS!!!! I saved it!

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S189 (author)2010-08-11

Ooh, I want to try this one for sure. Thanks for the Instructable!

mpinner (author)2010-08-08

finally, i got some bread on hand to try this. i crushed some frozen raspberries to use instead of apple sauce. The micro wave hasn't stopping yet and this smells amazing. thanks! @mpinner

fosteem1 (author)2010-07-21

Made mine with 12 grain bread. The bits of sunflower seeds in the bread gives it a nice crunch now and again. Its mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm good.

octollama (author)2010-07-19

just finished eating mine, it was an amazing good quality dessert that only took like 4 minutes to make ! with ingreedients that I already had! im defenetly making this again. but i think i put too much sugar this time ( i just eyeballed all the measurments) mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

lesh22 (author)2010-07-17

Add some marmalade between layers! I gives it a really yummy twist :D Also the recipe is absolutely fab. LOVE IT!

TravWHG (author)2010-07-03

it was great thanks i used normal bread though XD

TravWHG (author)2010-07-03

i tried it and it was great! although I don't think I stirred well enough.

armored bore (author)2010-06-29

Baking newcomer here. I've done it with cookies before, but would it be possible to substitute the butter/margarine with something like canola oil instead?

makecation (author)armored bore2010-07-03

Hmmm... the thing about butter & margarine is that they give the dessert that tiny bit of salt it needs to bring out the flavor. I'm not sure what it would do to the texture either since butter is creamier. I'm not that knowledgeable about baking either though, a lot of it is just trial and error. If you're willing to try it, let us know how it turns out!

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