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! 
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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! 
johnny1088 days ago

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?

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.
Micizzle3 years ago
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 Micizzle3 months ago

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:

hkruse14 months ago
I mixed everything in a coffee cup and added the bread afterwards, for a one-pot/cup mess, delicious, fast and soo easy!
peanut674 months ago

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

micheledef1 year ago
Make this more often than I should. Just tried it with pepperidge farms blueberry bread. Amazing!!!
Mmm great snack am eating it at the mo
ninite1 year ago
Just made this and it was great, I added raisins, and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Gparsa071 year ago
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!
mavila101 year ago
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!
Yay! Thanks for breakfast.
kmac12 years ago
Thanks!! Exactly what I was looking for in a midnight snack! Just made this and it tastes great! Ubber Kudos!!
Evan6062 years ago
Just made this and it was awesome. Add anywhere from half or a whole egg to make it even better!
baba42 years ago
wat shud be the temp...can nybdy tel me 
Do you have a regular microwave? if so just leave it a full power.
Ballooner2 years ago
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.
reniveizi2 years ago
Waiting for it to cool down,:)
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 ;-)
magiccowy2 years ago
Thanks for the recipe, it was delicious
jdowd3 years ago
Yum! It taste like cake!
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!
How long wud cook this in the microwave?
I may be a bit late but anywhere around 2 minutes
TheJenx3 years ago
Brilliant. Quick, easy, DELICIOUS. Madam, you are a genius.

Now to bastardize this with chocolate syrup and strawberries...
isandy3 years ago
will try it soon! it looks delicious!
patrickh443 years ago
Delicious idea!
zmazeen3 years ago
Yummmy looks great. must give it a try
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.
gemtree3 years ago
Mmmmm, if I wasn't so sleepy, I would make this right now. THANKS!!!! I saved it!
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S1894 years ago
Ooh, I want to try this one for sure. Thanks for the Instructable!
mpinner4 years ago
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
fosteem14 years ago
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.
octollama4 years ago
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
lesh224 years ago
Add some marmalade between layers! I gives it a really yummy twist :D Also the recipe is absolutely fab. LOVE IT!
TravWHG4 years ago
it was great thanks i used normal bread though XD
TravWHG4 years ago
i tried it and it was great! although I don't think I stirred well enough.
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 bore4 years ago
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!
About how much bread would you say to use? Also, great recipe! Thanks!
makecation (author)  TechNerd10124 years ago
I used two of the heels from my loaf. Basically a cup full :)
TravWHG4 years ago
wow I got to try this thanks.
ekearns4 years ago
I have never been compelled to IMMEDIATELY try an Instructable, until now. I am literally eating my yummy bread pudding at this very moment. I added a few walnuts and cranberries- tomorrow, I buy some vanilla. Thank you for this!
squirrelMLM4 years ago
Amazing Recipe! Loaded it with cinnamon!
pooandwee4 years ago
rcbailey4 years ago
Mmm! That was good!
sgsidekick4 years ago
Oh, man. This is good!! The only problem is now my heels won't be added to my composter....
The bread pud sounds delicious! Re "Bread Heels"- I save them in a bag in the freezer and tear them into cruton size pieces and use in a meatloaf recipe.
I should try that, too. I used crushed Saltine crackers in my meatloaf instead of bread crumbs. And now...I have 2 good things to use them for, instead of adding to my composter. Hmmmmmm...... lol
hmmmmmmm bread pudding for breakfast or a "high fiber cereal" Lol it's a "no brainer"
Or a late nite snack when you are craving SOMEthing, but aren't sure what...
too funny! my first thoughts are my composter too! nice to know someone else is obsessed as I am!
sitmex4 years ago
I just did one. :) Bread, sugar, an egg, milk, cinnamon, and butter. Cooked for 2½ Minutes. Great for a simple dessert. Thanks
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lyonpridej4 years ago
I love bread pudding & this sounds awesome. I'm recently dx diabetic & this sounds perfect, I can make mine with low carb bread & sugar substitute, them make some fr the hubby & kids with regular sugar. Also, my mom llives alone & won't make bread pudding(her favorite dessert) cause it's too much & too much trouble-this will be perfect forher.Thanks!
janiet4 years ago
Try it using brown sugar. Even better!!
Deadpunk janiet4 years ago
syrup is a nice touch to
gnomedriver4 years ago
I love bread and butter putting. It’s a classic and with your 5 minute recipe, I could be enjoying it even sooner. I like the idea of adding applesauce. I’ll give it a go.
I just stumbled upon this recipe ten mintues ago and now I'm eating an awesome bread pudding. I added a few raisins to mine and its actually pretty good. Thanks!
chaydgb4 years ago
Sprinkling some raisins/sultanas between the bread layers adds a nice bit of fruityness.
OOOoh! That's a great idea!! Thanks!
amh2104 years ago
Doesn't seem any easier than French Toast unless you prefer a microwave to a frying pan.
I actually found this a lot easier to make (and clean up) than French toast. The taste was similar, but better. And beyond that the consistency was so much different. Thanks for the recipe, OP! I used milk and dried cranberries and just improvised the amounts and it came out perfect the first time.
mmm this was quick and delicious. Thanks! I added Maple syrup. Next time I think I'll add leftover ham, some chopped onion, flax and hemp hearts ... make it a little more breakfast appropriate :)
mathews984 years ago
If you want a nice side to your brunch or dinner you could add a few sprinkles of cheddar cheese. Also I recommend putting the egg, milk, sugar and any other things you want to add to the bread in a separate bowl, mix them all together in the bowl, pouring the mixture into your mug or bowl of bread, and mixing the ingredients by kneading it with your hands.
popsdave4 years ago
Sounds wonderful
kcls4 years ago
Trader Joe's rocks! Nice i'ble. Too bad I don't have a microwave. Oh well, guess it's time for another visit with my relatives... I think it'll be worth it if I get to make this :D
I use a round cookie cutter and make circles of bread out of all the heels. I throw them in the freezer and use them for hamburgers buns for the younger grandkids. Now, I'll have to use them all for bread pudding. I have lots of leftover bread from making cookie cutter shaped French Toast and Tea Party Sandwiches. I'm going to use those for bread pudding too. YUM!
Awesome, I made it within 10 minutes of reading this instructable! Mind you I have to agree with the other commentators, a touch more sugar is nicer. Also, I used 18% coffee cream, was going for the gusto. I worked in a upscale bakery bistro in Vancouver where we did bread pudding muffins as a killer breakfast snack. We added fresh berries to the mix, LIGHTLY folded in, and in the middle a large dollop of marscapone, "Italian sweet cheese, similar to cream cheese and whip cream folded together" Marscapone nuke fine, so....
Cracknel4 years ago
I love making pizza with bread. Just put bread with milk and egg like in this instructable and add tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheese and anything you like on top of it!
oh wow that's a good idea. thanks.
JoelDude4 years ago
OMG!!!! this thing is so delicius. Add the 3 tablespoons, not 3 teaspoons ( like I did) of sugar and it works best. with 3 tea spoons it let me begging for more sweetness, but over all super delicius. Might add pecans to it.
Frogzard1014 years ago
wow, i just made some of this and it is sooooooooo good!!!! fantastic instructable!
chuckr444 years ago
Thanks for the recipe. I can also make this with my gluten-free bread which is already quite dense.