Breakfast/ Other Desserts

Rum-Raisin Bread Pudding – the Perfect Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Raisins plumped in rum contribute the signature flavor to this custardy pudding. If you like, sprinkle each serving with granulated or confectioners’ sugar.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Rum-Raisin Bread Pudding

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Serves: 6


  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup rum or brandy
  • 4 cups day-old bread cubes, each about 1/2 inch square (challah or another egg bread, such as brioche or panettone)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ice cream for serving or Crème Anglaise



In a small bowl, combine the raisins, cranberries, and rum and let stand for 30 minutes.


While the raisins are soaking, preheat an oven to 325°F. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish or 4 to 6 custard cups.


In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the bread cubes, cranberries, and raisins and rum. Let stand until the bread cubes soak up most of the liquid, about 5 minutes. Stir again and pour into the baking dish or divide among the custard cups.


Bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes for custard cups, 50 to 60 minutes for the baking dish.


Remove from the oven and serve hot or at room temperature. Sprinkle each serving with granulated or confectioners' sugar. Serve with ice cream or Crème Anglaise.

Bread pudding

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  • Reply
    Magic of Spice
    January 31, 2012 at 4:23 am

    What a beautiful bread pudding…I agree this would make a lovely Valentines' breakfast 🙂

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    February 1, 2012 at 2:25 am

    1/4 cup booze for Valentine's day is perfect. These bread pudding is sure to be a romantic dish on heart's day. Lovely recipe!

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    Paula Sealey
    February 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    That looks delicious! Gorgeous photos too 🙂

    Paula @ Spoons 'n' Spades

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    February 7, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Lovely shots! This bread pudding looks incredible.

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    Kat Yun
    December 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hi, what an awesome recipe! <3
    I just have a quick question. Do we really need dried cranberry and raisins for the recipe because my boyfriend doesn't like any of them 🙁

  • Reply
    December 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Dear KanYun, you can put any dried berries he likes or don't put them at all, you may adjust the recipe to your liking-)

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    Elizabeth Buentello
    December 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    What a lovely recipe, I added 2 more egg yolk,,,, it was very velvety and a little crunchy top, oh I also added half cup chopped pecans,,, 😋

    • Reply
      Yelena Strokin
      December 17, 2021 at 11:46 pm

      wonderful!!! so happy to hear it!

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