Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

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Pecan Pie Bread Pudding is everything you love about the traditional pie we all know and love, with the texture and richness of bread pudding.

I’m in love with pecans. (So long as someone else is tasked with cracking them.) A handful of pecans has 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, which is great. But let’s be honest. We’re not making this pecan recipe because we’re looking for healthy dessert options. We are making Pecan Pie Bread Pudding because it’s loaded with sugar and it tastes good. No getting around it, so let’s own it.

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

The first thing I think of with any sort of pecan recipe is Thanksgiving. I think it’s because the nuts play such a role in keeping with tradition. Pecans are harvested in September and November, so it makes sense.

In 1920 Karo Syrup started printing a pecan pie recipe on their product and that was that. You may still use your Grandma’s Pecan Pie recipe to this day.

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

No Karo in Pecan Pie Bread Pudding, Though.

I know! Is it even possible to use the words “pecan pie” in a recipe without including Karo?

For this yummy dessert, yes. Yes, it is. The crusty bread, the blend of brown and white sugar, and of course the heavy cream, put a new spin on an old favorite. It’s incredible, and I can’t wait for you to make it, taste it, and come back to share your opinion.

Check out the website I Love Pecans. So much info about buying, cracking, storing and using pecans! It’s super helpful.

More Pecan Recipes to Try!

Southern Upside Down Pecan Cake. Yes. It’s everything you hope it will be and more.

Pecan Ball Cookies. A new Thanksgiving sweets tradition you’ll want to start this year.

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding
5 from 3 votes

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding is everything you love about the traditional pie, with the texture and richness of bread pudding!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes



  • 1 1 lb. day-old loaf French or crusty bread, cubed
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans



  • Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a 8 x 8 inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine milk, half and half, eggs, white sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and whisk vigorously to combine. 
  • Add cubed bread to a large bowl and pour milk mixture over top. Let sit for about 10 minutes. 
  • In a small bowl, combine butter, light brown sugar, and chopped pecans and stir with a fork until combined. 
  • Pour half of the bread mixture into the prepared pan and top with half of the pecan topping. 
  • Pour remaining bread mixture over top and top with the rest of the pecan topping. 
  • Gently press down into the pan and place 8 x 8 inch pan onto a baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, until bread pudding is set as desired. 
  • Let cool at least 30 minutes in the pan before slicing and serving.

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Baking for 45 minutes will result in a more soft and moist bread pudding, as baking for 55 minutes will result in a more set, crisp bread pudding. 


Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2mg


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6 comments on “Pecan Pie Bread Pudding”

  1. 5 stars
    So….the last time I made this recipe my son took the remaining and never returned the pan. Here I am 4th of July and no pan and the bread is already soaked. I tried it in my 9 inch deep pie plate and it worked. Phew! Now for a little change I sprinkled apple pie spice on the bread after it is in the pan. Oh my yuummmm! The other thing is I used dark apple spice rum to add in the sauce. You must try it!!

    1. Pamela, I love to top many of my bread puddings with an old fashioned egg sauce.. I hope it is okay to post it here for you?.
      1 c sugar, 1/2 c butter, 1 large egg (beaten), 2 tsp vanilla.
      Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat for a few minutes then whisk in sugar, vanilla, and the beaten egg until well blended. Return to heat and cook, whisking constantly, until sugar dissolves and the sauce starts to thicken. Pour sauce over warm bread pudding and set aside for about 30 minutes before serving.