Nanny’s Bread Pudding
bread pudding

Nanny’s Bread Pudding

Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
bread pudding

A firm favourite in my family served warm or cold, my wife’s aka Nanny’s bread pudding is the best.

Mind, you have to be quick to get some as it gets eaten usually before it has a chance to get cold!

bread pudding

Nanny’s Bread Pudding

A firm favourite in my family served warm or cold, my wifes aka Nanny's bread pudding is the best.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: 🇬🇧 British
Keyword: bread, pudding
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Nanny


  • 225 g Old bread brown or white , crusts removed
  • 300 ml Milk
  • 225 g Dried fruits sultanas , raisins , currants
  • 60 g Suet
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 60 g Soft brown sugar you can use ordinary caster sugar
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • Nutmeg grated, optional
  • 1 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • Butter for greasing


  • Heat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4
  • Break the bread into small pieces and put into a bowl
  • Add all the fruit , brown sugar, suet, egg and spice to the bread and mix really well to combine ( you may need to get your hands in )
  • Pour over the milk, mix well with a fork and leave to soak for 30 minutes
  • Butter a square or rectangular 30cm non-stick baking tin
  • Pour into the prepared tin and flatten the top
  • Grate a little nutmeg over the top
  • Bake in centre of the oven for 1 – 1½ hrs. If browning too quickly, cover with foil and bake for the remaining time.
  • Take out of oven and sprinkle over the granulated sugar
  • Leave to cool in the tin


Brilliant served warm with custard!


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g

For a more succulent pudding or if your mixed dried fruit is too dry. Plump them up by rehydrating them before using in baking.

For a different twist on bread pudding, try plumping the dried fruit up with dark rum, it works a treat!

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  1. Rod Purl

    BREAD PUDDING: wife just made it. just how i remember it. great recipe ! 👍

  2. Richard thankyou…brought up by my Grandparents so most of your recipes I used to make when I was first married 56 years ago…over the years one tends to end up trying different meals and ‘newer recipes’ so gradually fewer and fewer of these recipes I ‘grew up with’ were made.
    Finding your site has prompted me to go back many years and start ‘real cooking’ again.
    Cornish pasties for supper tonight and making a treacle tart and the bread pudding for over this weekend 👍
    I’ll be blaming you fror my weight gains 😇

  3. Shirley Nicholls

    2 tbsp seems too much spice.

  4. Shirley Nicholls

    2 tbsp seems too much spice in the bread pudding recipe.

  5. 15 cm tin?? That’s tiny? It’s that right? That’s smaller than my hand.

    • Hi Kate,
      It does seem too small doesn’t it? Blame my wife, it was her recipe 😃.
      I think a 30cm/12″ tin would be more sensible so I have changed it.
      Thanks for pointing it out.

  6. Vivien Ellis

    Had some bread which needed using up so thought I would look for a recipe for bread pudding.
    Fantastic!! Just like my Mum used to make many moons ago. It went in next to no time. Son-in-law and grandson loved it and me of course. Thank you Richard.

  7. Nick Eagle

    Dear Richard, I grew up in the 40s during the War and I learnt how to make a Bread Pudding from my Grandmother. I have to tell you she didn’t use milk, nutmeg, suet, mixed spice, or an egg, an egg really, it was war time. She used Lard, Cinammon, Lemon juice and lemon peel, sultanas, brown sugar. The bread was soft enough with soaking in water and we used the crusts. I’ve just made one, well it’s in the oven. best one you’ll ever taste. Nick

    • Hi Nick,
      I seem to remember my grandmothers recipe was something similar, again a product of wartime rationing.
      This is my late wife’s recipe which our family like.

      Whichever recipe you use just enjoy it!

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