Simple Baking: The Best Bread Pudding Recipe

There's nothing quite like home baking. Ever since I was little, one of my favourite treats has been my Nan's bread pudding. Having tweaked the secret recipe over the years until it was perfect, this bake is a firm favourite in my family. It's soft and gooey, thanks to the moisture from the soaked bread, yet gets warmth from the currents and mixed spice; it tastes like Christmas (if that's a thing). This can be made as a tray bake, then cut into chunks and eaten/stored in the fridge/frozen. This recipe makes about 20-25 squares, so plenty to share around!


450g white bread
55g self-raising flour (can use plain)
225g margarine
225g brown/ caster sugar (brown adds to the taste, but it's not essential- you can use caster)
115g sultanas
115g currents
1 1/2 tablespoons mixed spice

1. Preheat the oven to 180 centigrade. Roughly rip the bread up (in half etc) and soak in water in a colander so it's easier to drain. Once fully drained, place the mushy bread ball (eww!) into a large mixing bowl.

2. Add all the dry ingredients (sieving the flour in), and mix well. Melt the margarine, then add to the mixing bowl. Make sure the mixture is combined well.

3. Grease and line a large dish, then press the mixture in. Make sure you get the mixture into the corners, and that it is evenly spread. Sprinkle a bit of sugar over the top, then bake in the oven for between 30 and 40 minutes, or until it looks nicely golden brown.

4. Leave to cool , then sprinkle on some *more* sugar before cutting the bake into medium sized squares. Serve or keep in the fridge to make them last longer. You can freeze this bread pudding, but as I have not tried this I don't know whether or how it effects the taste. If you're making this as a pudding, simply heat in the microwave and serve with custard or ice cream.

It's such a simple bake that makes a great treat to have with a cuppa, or pudding to serve for friends and family. Let me know if you try this recipe by leaving a comment or tweeting me!



  1. I did a recipe of yours a few months ago and this is another I think I will be trying it looks absolutely divineeeeee, I am sure I will be the only one eating it though haha ! xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

    1. Aww thank you! Which recipe did you try? Xxx

  2. My Nan died over 50 years ago and she did the best bread pudding I have ever tasted tried lots since it was never the same sadly UNTIL !!! YOURS Sophie huge smile thank you so much god never intended me to be thin or he would not have invented bread pudding thank you xx

    1. Thank you! All credit for this recipe goes to my nan! Glad you enjoyed it xx

  3. This is the best Bread Pudding Recipe I've tried. Thank you Sophie! I made this recipe the other day and it turned out exactly how I was hoping it would. I loved it. How long can it be kept in the fridge? Thanks again Sophie :) x

    1. So glad you like it! I'm not sure as it never lasts that long in my house, sorry! X

    2. lol that's ok. Unfortunately I'm the only one who likes bread pudding in my family and I ate the whole lot by myself when I made it :) not that I was complaining lol. I'll try and google it to find out how long it can be kept. Thank you for replying. And thanks again for the recipe. I'm looking forward to making it again at Christmas :) x


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