This delicious butter pecan pie bread pudding recipe is a quick and easy bread pudding dessert that only takes a few ingredients and has a custard-like filling that is absolutely scrumptious.
If you live in the south, you know the magic, the majesty, the pure deliciousness that is butter pecan. We’re all about this combination down here. From ice cream to desserts like this bread pudding, butter pecan is one of our favorite combos. That’s not hyperbole. I can’t think of one cook I know who doesn’t have a handful of butter pecan recipes in their arsenal, and they’ve all added this butter pecan bread pudding to their rotation after tasting it.
Butter Pecan Bread Pudding
This bread pudding takes everything we love about the flavor of butter pecan and the texture and delicious sweetness of bread pudding and smashes them together into a dessert that satisfies on every level. It starts with custard made with butter pecan creamer. Then we combine it with the wonderful texture and flavor of challah bread and top it off with a simple, deliciously sweet glaze. Oh, it’s so good. Every bite is custard-soaked heaven with a butter pecan twist that will have everyone begging for more. It’s the perfect sweet breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert.
Easy Bread Pudding Recipe
Making this recipe with butter pecan creamer is what makes it so easy. Rather than bust your hump making that butter pecan mixture the old-fashioned way, you can simply use the creamer for a super-fast, super tasty semi-homemade dessert that is fantastic. Bread pudding, itself, is a terribly easy recipe to begin with, so using the creamer really seals the deal when it comes to the simplicity of this recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you jump into this recipe, take a moment to read over this FAQ. It answers all the most common questions about bread pudding of any kind, so it’s worth a read.
Is Bread Pudding a Pudding?
Not really, but it does use custard. Bread pudding is made with stale bread that’s soaked in custard and then baked. It can be made in both sweet and savory varieties.
What is the Best Bread for Bread Pudding?
I love challah bread. It’s my go-to bread for this kind of dessert. However, any durable loaf of bread that can stand up to the custard and baking without falling apart will work.
Is Bread Pudding Supposed to Be Soggy?
Sort of. Bread pudding should be slightly mushy and semi-solid. So I guess you could say it’s supposed to be slightly soggy.
Why is My Bread Pudding Dry?
Bread pudding will be dry for two reasons. Either the custard wasn’t given adequate time to soak into the bread, or the bread pudding was overcooked.
How do I Moisten Dry Bread Pudding?
Unfortunately, you can’t make dry bread pudding moist. That ship has sailed. However, you can add a sauce to the bread pudding before serving so that the sauce can make up for the dryness of the bread pudding.
Why Did My Bread Pudding Go Flat?
If your bread pudding dries out too quickly, it can become top-heavy and collapse in on itself. That’s why it’s so important to use stale bread. Stale bread will soak up more custard, helping it retain moisture.
Butter Pecan Bread Pudding Variations
One of my favorite things about bread pudding is how easy it is to make changes to it. With a few simple tweaks, you can easily change the texture, the flavor, or both of your bread pudding.
Pecans are one of my favorite nuts to add to bread pudding, but there are other variations that work wonderfully as well. Try:
You can get super creative with your bread choices so long as they’ll stand up to the custard and the baking. Remember that you need dense bread to hold up, so choose accordingly. After that, your creativity is the only limit. Some great choices are:
- Challah bread
- Brioche bread
- French bread
- Any dense bread you like
There are so many creamer flavors out there, it’s easy to get creative with them. You’ll find everything from French vanilla to pumpkin spice and more. Try them all!
To change up the flavor even more, try drizzling maple syrup, honey or even caramel sauce over the top in place of the glaze.
Butter Pecan Bread Pudding Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this delicious bread pudding. You’ll most likely have all of them in your kitchen already. The only things you might have to buy are the bread and the creamer.
For the Bread Pudding
- Challah bread cut into 1 to 1 ½ inch pieces
- Butter pecan coffee creamer
- Large eggs
- Ground cinnamon
- Chopped pecans
For the Glaze
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Butter Pecan Bread Pudding
Making this bread pudding is just as easy as shopping for it. It only takes a few simple steps to go from ingredients to a flavor explosion!
Step 1 – Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Measure out all of your ingredients.
Step 2 – Soak the Bread
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, cinnamon, and creamer together using an electric mixer on high speed. Add the day-old bread cubes and chopped pecans. Stir well. Let the mixture set for 10 minutes.
Step 3 – Bake
Pour the bread pudding into the baking pan and cover with foil. Bake for 55-60 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Make the Glaze
While the bread pudding is baking, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together in a small or medium bowl. When the bread pudding is finished baking, top with the glaze. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or top with whipped cream, if desired.
Try This Delicious Butter Pecan Bread Pudding Today
This butter pecan bread pudding is so rich and sweet, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. After that, you just bake it and devour it! A recipe this simple deserves to be added to your rotation. Give it a try, and I know you’ll absolutely love it!
Looking for More Bread Pudding Desserts?
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding – This delicious bread pudding recipe is rich, decadent and super easy to make. Made with challah bread combined with cinnamon, raisins and cinnamon vanilla coffee creamer, baked to perfection and the topped with a sweet glaze.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bread Pudding – And this scrumptious bread pudding combines the classic sweetened cereal with a wonderful eggy mixture, including cinnamon toast crunch coffee creamer, then is baked and topped with a buttermilk glaze.
And here is a delicious Caramel Bread Pudding recipe from Great Grub, Delicious Treats that you might enjoy as well.
Butter Pecan Bread Pudding
For The Bread Pudding
- Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
For the Bread Pudding
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, cinnamon and creamer together.
- Add day-old bread cubes and chopped pecans to egg mixture. Let sit 10 minutes.
- Pour bread into prepared baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake for 55-60 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake for 10 additional minutes.
- Carefully remove from oven and top with glaze. Serve warm.
For the Glaze
- In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together. Add more milk if needed.
Here are a couple pictures that are perfect to save to your favorite Pinterest boards.