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Irish bread pudding

What can you do with leftover soda bread? Bake an Irish bread pudding! Bread pudding is always a favorite with children. Irish bread pudding may remind you of the British bread and butter pudding with less butter.


8 sli bread (stale, about 1/3 loaf, whole slices or coarse crumbs)
8 egg
1 c sugar
1 T lemon zest (optional, grated)
4 c milk
1 T butter (to dot the top)
  fruit (optional, for decoration)


Preheat the oven to 375° F (180° C).

Break the bread up into bite size portions. Place them into an oven pan.

Beat the eggs and sugar together. Add the zest and cold milk and pour over the bread.

Dot with butter then bake in a 375°F oven until the mix is custard set, about 30-40 minutes.

Sprinkle with the lemon lemon zest, nutmeg, a little more brown sugar, if used. Decorate with fruit and serve warm.

Total time
45 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
10 servings


You can use raisins, strawberries, cherries (fresh or dried) and other fruit as decoration.

Lemon zest, nutmeg and brown sugar to sweeten are optional.

Ireland is not the only European country to boast of a recipe for bread pudding, but it might be the one to serve it with caramel and whiskey, or a butterscotch sauce. For children, try to serve Irish bread pudding with with your favorite fruit preserve, chocolate sauce or ice cream.

You can use a 9 x 9 x 2 inches pan for the pudding.


Irish cuisine

easy, healthy
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Irish food recipes
Food in Europe, Ireland


If you are looking for other Irish recipes to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, try Irish stew or soda bread.