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Traditional Irish Bread and Butter Pudding

4.59 from 36 votes
My traditional Irish Bread & Butter Pudding recipe was a staple in my home growing up. Enjoy this hearty dessert for St. Patrick's Day or anytime of year!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Bread and Butter Pudding has been a staple in many Irish homes for donkeys years. My mum made this exact recipe for us growing up. Like a lot of traditional dishes this recipe came about as a way to use up leftover, day-old bread.

Growing up in Ireland I’m used to eating hearty, comforting desserts like puddings. Due to our cold weather and dark days dishes like Bread and Butter Pudding were a good way to warm you up. I might be biased or just nostalgic but I think my Mammies’ Bread & Butter Pudding recipe is the best I have ever tasted. I just love how the warm cinnamon/egg mixture combines with the buttery bread when it bakes.

I created this recipe for The Inspired Home website. It’s a place where I go to find out what new products are coming out along with tips and fantastic recipes. The Inspired Home’s mission is to inspire, inform and encourage you to make your house into a home, lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle and to create moments to celebrate and connect with your friends and family.

Traditional Irish Bread & Butter Pudding - the true meaning of the word comfort food

I baked my Pudding in a beautiful white Le Creuset Heritage Cover Square Casserole dish. It was nice and deep which gives you a lot of soft pudding.

A good pastry brush that doesn’t shed is my Mason Cash Pastry Brush. I used it to brush my pudding dish generously with butter.

I served my pudding in a Tag Ivory Sonoma Rimmed Bowl. I’m happy to add these to my collection of treasures because the neutral tone means they fit in anywhere.

As always pride and place in my kitchen is a John Boos Chopping Board. Add it to your wish list if you haven’t already, it’s life changing. Considering I’m tight on kitchen space, this board gives me a whole new surface to work on.

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Top your Irish Bread and Butter Pudding with freshly whipped cream or even ice cream if you like. I hope you enjoy my Bread and Butter Pudding for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year. Hopefully it will warm your heart and home — like it did mine.

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Irish Bread and Butter Pudding

4.59 from 36 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Author: Gemma Stafford


¾ pint (354ml/12floz) milk

    ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

      4 tablespoons sugar

        6 thin slices white bread

          ¼ cup (2oz/60g) butter, softened

            3 large eggs

              ¼ cup (1 ¼ oz/45g) raisins


                Whisk together the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and milk in a large bowl. Set aside.

                  Meanwhile, spread the slices of bread with almost all of the butter, and grease the dish with the rest. Cut off the crusts and cut each slice of bread into triangles. Lay the triangles, butter side up in the dish. Scatter the raisins between the slices.

                    Pour the custard over the bread soaking every slice. Set it aside to absorb for 15 minutes.

                      Bake the pudding at 350oF (180oC) for about 1 hour or until the pudding has risen and is golden in color. Serve immediately. Top with freshly whipped cream and enjoy!

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                        Ann Edwards
                        Ann Edwards
                        1 year ago

                        Hi Gemma,
                        I made the dessert for my family and it was a big hit. I soaked the raisins in a little dark rum for 24 hours and also added some vanilla essence. All were happy with the end result. ????

                        11 months ago

                        Any changes to make if I used wholemeal bread instead?

                        2 months ago

                        I made this tonight and eating it right now! Delicious! I would definitely make it again. I was wondering if this pudding could be frozen?

                        4 months ago

                        Are the raisins compulsory or optional?

                        6 months ago

                        I received an email that you had white chocolate and raspberry cream bread pudding but I can’t find the recipe anywhere Could you please send the recipe to me? Thank you !!

                        1 year ago

                        Hello Gemma!
                        Made it today morning. Added coconut sugar, raisins and cashews. I used 2 day old homemade semolina & whole wheat bread. Sprinkled a tbsp of coconut sugar on top.
                        Lovely breakfast!!

                        Anne Phelan
                        Anne Phelan
                        5 months ago

                        Made this today. Very easy, handy ingredients and very tasty. Nice and filling.

                        Arleen Arbolante
                        Arleen Arbolante
                        9 months ago

                        Hi there! My boyfriend and I just tried this recipe for the first time and we enjoyed it! We are wondering if it would taste good with pudding instead of whip cream?

                        Sharon Perrett
                        1 year ago

                        Hi Gemma

                        I made your traditional Irish Bread and butter pudding yesterday, it was delicious and is my favourite pudding. My Mum used to make it all the time and your recipe comes the closest to how she made it. I added extra raisin mix to mine as I love them when warm and soft and juicy.

                        Heather Jones
                        Heather Jones
                        8 months ago

                        The pudding cooked in 15 minutes and the raisins were hard boiled as they were on the top. Very disappointed.

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