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Air Fryer Bread Pudding

This Air Fryer Bread Pudding is wonderfully soft inside with a golden crisp top and is perfectly sweet. It is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and is perfect served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

air fryer bread pudding topped with ice cream

Easy Bread Pudding

It is a classic dish that is fairly easy to make with basic pantry ingredients and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert and holidays. It is the ultimate use for leftover bread. Although, any type of bread like sandwich bread, burger/hot dog buns, leftover dinner rolls can be used, this recipe is scrumptious made with soft Italian, French, Brioche or challah.

What is bread pudding? It is a classic comfort dessert or brunch dish made with cubed bread (mostly made with stale leftover bread) soaked in egg custard and baked until golden brown. It is soft, creamy and tastes divine!

Why this recipe works?

  • Small batch (when compared to traditional oven baked recipes)
  • Air fryer helps in crisping the top yet maintaining a soft inside
  • Easy pantry ingredients
  • Customizable
  • Delicious without bread pudding sauce
  • Great for breakfast/brunch/Snack/Dessert

Main ingredients

This recipe uses simple ingredients that you already have on hand:

Bread – We recommend soft Italian, French, Brioche or Challah bread

Dairy – A combination of whole milk and cream is used

Eggs -2 large room temperature eggs (preferably)

Butter – Melted salted or unsalted butter (skip salt if using salted butter)

Raisins – Golden or dark raisins

Sugar – Regular white sugar

Flavorings – Vanilla extract and ground cinnamon

Best bread for bread pudding

Any type of WHITE bread that you have around will work! We recommend soft Italian or French bread but it can certainly be elevated by using buttery breads like Brioche or Challah. That being said, supermarket sandwich bread, burger or hot dog buns, dinner rolls are all great options.

What are not recommended? Sour dough / Whole wheat / whole grain breads / other heavier ones like rye / pumpernickel / cheesy / savory breads / crusty French baguettes (refer notes if using this).

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Method

Prep bread – Cut bread into 3/4-inch cubes

Egg Custard – Whisk together beaten eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon.

Layer – Spread half the bread and raisins in a greased 6-inch cake pan, Pour half the egg custard over it and repeat process with remaining half.

Bake – Bake in a pre heated 350 degree air fryer for about 15 minutes, until the top is deep golden and custard is set.

Expert tips

Use room temperature milk, cream and eggs, if possible

If using cold milk, cream and eggs —> then whisk all custard mixture together (except butter), and then slowly mix in HOT melted butter. This helps butter not clumping up when mixed into the cold custard.

Recommended bread – Soft Italian / French / Brioche / Challah <— all these can be found in the bakery section of your supermarket.

To use white sandwich / burger buns / hot dog buns / dinner rolls ——–> place cubed bread on a baking sheet and let it air dry for a few hours before baking.

To use crusty baguette – Assemble the pudding and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight before baking. This helps to soften the bread and absorb the egg custard.

Beat eggs before mixing – We prefer to lightly beat the eggs before mixing with milk. This helps the eggs to be thoroughly combined.

Can I skip raisins? We highly recommend not to! They add a wonderful sweet/tart texture to the pudding. However if you wish to, then increase sugar by a tablespoon.

Variations

  • Mix and match spices like ground nutmeg / Cardamom / Cloves
  • Add chopped toasted pecans / walnuts / sliced almonds /
  • Stir in chocolate chips
air fryer basket with baked bread pudding with raisins

Serving suggestions

It can be served warm or room temperature.

For breakfast / brunch – Sprinkle confectioners sugar on top and serve with fresh fruits.

For dessert / snack – Serve bread pudding warm with a scoop of vanilla ice ream / sweetened whipped cream / strawberries and cream / maple syrup / Chocolate sauce / Caramel sauce for an easy dessert.

More air fryer recipes: Air fryer wings, Lemon Pepper wings without breading, Air Fryer Chicken Patties, Tandoori Cauliflower, Omelette in Air Fryer, Air Fryer Tilapia, Oatmeal air fryer, Air fried Chicken parmesan, Air Fryer Shrimp, Roasted chickpeas, Garlic Shrimp, Air fryer mushrooms, Roasted broccoli, Roasted Green Beans and Garlic bread.

Do you need bread pudding sauce? This recipe is delicious served with vanilla ice cream that you do not need to make a seperate sauce to go with it. However, if you wish to serve with sauce, then we recommend this recipe from thespruceeats.com

air fryer pudding topped with vanilla ice cream

How to store leftovers? If you happen to have leftovers, then cover the cooled pan with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze air fryer bread and butter pudding? Yes! Tightly wrap cooked and cooled pudding, freeze for up to one month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator, scoop into a microwave safe dish and microwave until heated through.

FAQs

Does pudding need be refrigerated?

Yes! Since this is a small batch recipe, it tends to get over right away at our home. However, if you happen to have leftovers, then wrap well and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to reheat bread pudding?

Transfer pudding into a microwave safe dish and microwave until warm.

Is stale bread better for bread pudding?

Stale bread helps in better liquid absorption and also gives a wonderful texture to the pudding!

Can I make bread pudding in advance?

You can prep the day before, refrigerate and bake the next day. We recommend bringing the pudding to room temperature before baking.

Have a big sweet tooth? More easy sweet recipes: Candied Pecans with Brown Sugar, almond flour chocolate cake, Avocado truffles, almond flour cake, Gluten free brownies, almond flour cookies, carrot cake and almond flour chocolate chip cookies.

creamy air fryer dessert served with 2 spoons

More Air fryer Sweet Recipes

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp

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Air Fryer Apple Fritters

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Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Bread Pudding

air fryer bread pudding topped with ice cream

This Air Fryer Bread Pudding is wonderfully soft inside with a crisp top and is perfectly sweet. Easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. and is perfect served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Egg mixture

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (or use whole milk)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For serving

Equipments used

Instructions

1. Add eggs into a bowl, whisk to combine, add remaining egg mixture ingredients (except butter) and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Stir in HOT melted butter (this helps in butter not clumping up when mixed with cold milk).

2. Grease a 6-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray, spread half the bread cubes, sprinkle half the raisins on top and pour about half the egg mixture evenly on top. Repeat process with remaining bread, raising and egg mixture. (Using the back of a spoon, gently press the bread into the liquid).

3. Pre heat air fryer to 350°F for 15 minutes. When hot, place the baking pan inside the air fryer basket and bake for about 15 minutes (the top will be deep golden brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes clean).

4. Rest for a few minutes, dust the top with powdered sugar. Serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

Recommended bread – Soft Italian / French / Brioche / Challah <— all these can be found in the bakery section of your supermarket.

To use white sandwich / burger buns / hot dog buns / dinner rolls ——–> place cubed bread on a baking sheet and let it air dry for a few hours before baking.

To use crusty baguette – Assemble the pudding and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight before baking. This helps to soften the bread and absorb the egg custard.

Beat eggs before mixing – We prefer to lightly beat the eggs before mixing with milk. This helps the eggs to be thoroughly combined.

Can I skip raisins? We highly recommend not to! They add a wonderful sweet/tart texture to the pudding. However if you wish to, then increase sugar by a tablespoon.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 9g

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