This recipe is adapted from one in a favorite cookbook from the 1970s – Redbook Cookbook (1976), offered as a premium with a subscription to Redbook magazine. This was originally a custard bread pudding recipe which I adapted by adding lemon extract and by making a favorite sauce with lemon juice and grated lemon peel. It’s lighter than most bread pudding with a delicious custard. Heavier bread like Italian, French or sourdough would be the best to use for this.
The pudding is baked in a deep casserole dish which has been placed in a shallow pan of hot water.
LEMON CUSTARD BREAD PUDDING AND SAUCE
4 cups day-old bread cubes
3 cups milk
¼ cup butter
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp lemon extract
Heat oven to 350. Grease a deep 1-1/2 qt. baking dish.
Place bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside. Heat milk in a saucepan over low heat until little bubbles form at pan edge. Remove from heat, add butter, sugar. Stir and pour this mixture over the bread cubes. Let stand for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat eggs well and add salt and lemon extract. Slowly stir tje egg mixture into the bread/milk mixture. Pour into greased dish. Set dish in a baking pan and add one inch of hot water to pan. Bake for 55 minutes until set. Let cool in dish on a rack.
LEMON SAUCE (1-½ cups)
½ cup granulated sugar
2-¼ Tblsp. cornstarch
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup cold water
2 Tblsp. butter
½ cup lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water. Stirring constantly, heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and lemon peel. Serve warm over bread pudding. Makes about 1-½ cups.
Refrigerate leftovers of pudding and sauce. Bring to room temperature or heat briefly in the microwave to serve.
9 thoughts on “Lemon Custard Bread Pudding with Sauce”
My MIL made bread pudding and my husband has been asking me to make some. I think I may just have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
This looks so comforting on a cold day like today 🙂
Delicious recipe! 🙂
Yep, I am making this soon!
This sounds just like the bread pudding I would love. I got some Meyer Lemons at the store the other day and I also happen to have some French bread. I love bread pudding and I also love citrus so this should be deeee-licious!
Sounds perfect for a chilly day – comfort food with a taste of summer!
This sounds delicious!
Except for the lemon peel to grate, I have all of that in the cabinet, and it sounds really good. Maybe I’ll start Friday with a little baking!
This looks delicious! ☺