Three white ramekins filled with cooked bread pudding topped with whiskey sauce with a stainless steel spoon in front and a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Bread Pudding in the Slow Cooker

Use your slow cooker to make sweet Bread Pudding, a delicious, easy dessert for your next holiday gathering!

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Bread Pudding is one of those foods that I’ve had at holiday events, but never thought of making myself. I know it’s a traditional food in some homes during this time of the year, but it wasn’t with my family. 

Every year since Tyler started preschool, we go to the Breakfast with Santa event at the church, and this year is no different. And every year, they have bread pudding as one of the many options. 

Bread pudding can be savory or sweet. I’ve only ever had it as a dessert, and I don’t know how it would be as a main course.

Bread pudding is made in many different countries. Each of them has its own unique variation to the dish. Stale bread is the base of bread pudding. Then the bread is topped with milk and eggs. Soak the bread in the liquid and mix with any other ingredients and bake. 

Well, most of the time it’s baked. For this recipe, I decided to use the slow cooker. It made it quick and easy and was ready in a few hours. Plus, it didn’t take up space in the oven which can be scarce if making this with your holiday meal. 

I decided to make mine simple for the first attempt, and it was delicious! We used the regular base of eggs and milk, then added in a bit of sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. I didn’t want to try too much at first since I had never made bread pudding before. Then, Justin and I topped ours with some pure maple syrup to add a bit of sweetness.

We made it again as a dessert for our Friendsgiving meal. I used almond milk so it was safe for my dairy-allergy friend. Justin found a recipe for a delicious whiskey sauce that was also dairy-free to go on top. I still like the maple syrup, but the sauce was good, too.

Step by Step

Cut the French bread load into cubes, about 1-2 inches square.

Bamboo cutting board with chopped pieces of bread piled on top with a slow cooker in the back all on a wooden surface

Put the bread in the slow cooker

Slow cooker filled with chunks of bread on a wooden surface

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add in the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Stainless steel bowl with egg and milk mixture next to a slow cooker full of bread chunks all on a wooden surface

Pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread. Mix everything up to make sure that all of the bread has liquid on it. 

Chunks of bread covered with egg and milk mixture in a slow cooker on a wooden surface

Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 2.5-3 hours. Take the lid off for about 20 minutes to cool. The bread pudding will also deflate during that time. Serve warm with any desired garnish, such as powdered sugar or maple syrup. 

Three white ramekins filled with cooked bread pudding topped with whiskey sauce with a stainless steel spoon in front and a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

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Originally Published On: December 22, 2018

Last Updated On: December 11, 2019

Three white ramekins filled with cooked bread pudding topped with whiskey sauce with a stainless steel spoon in front and a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

Bread Pudding in the Slow Cooker

Use your slow cooker to make sweet Bread Pudding, a delicious, easy dessert for your next holiday gathering!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, slow cooker
Servings: 6 cups
5 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Cut the bread into cubes about 1-2 inches square and put in the slow cooker
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs
  • Add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and whisk until combined
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread in the slow cooker
  • Carefully stir just until all of the bread has liquid on it
  • Cover and cook about 2.5-3 hours
  • Remove the cover and let cool for about 20 minutes before serving
  • Serve warm garnished with powdered sugar or maple syrup if desired
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Nutrition Facts
Bread Pudding in the Slow Cooker
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 248mg10%
Potassium 191mg5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 thoughts on “Bread Pudding in the Slow Cooker”

    1. I’ve never heard of bread and butter pudding. I’ll have to give that a search and see what it is. We didn’t have bread pudding much growing up, but my husband had mentioned a few times that he really likes it so I decided to give it a try.

  1. I love bread pudding, it’s used to be my mom’s favorite dessert to make for us. Until now, my mother swears no dessert is better than bread pudding.

  2. Bread pudding was one of the popular desserts in my schools years and I loved eating it with custard. I haven’t had it in many years…

    1. I tend to make this as a dessert, but a friend suggested adding raisins to it so it’s closer to a breakfast item. I haven’t tried it yet but I bet it’s delicious!

  3. Slow cooker recipes are my favorite! Especially this time of year! I just bought a new fancy crockpot, so I might just have to give this recipe a try!

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