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How To Store Bread Pudding & Keep It From Drying Out

Bread pudding is a simple yet delicious dessert made from stale bread, milk sugar, and eggs. Despite having stale bread as the main ingredient, you’re likely wondering how to keep your bread pudding as fresh as possible.

So, how do you store bread pudding? For best results, store leftover bread pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will last up to 5 days. For longer-term storage, you can also freeze bread pudding. Bread pudding will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.

How To Store Leftover Bread Pudding

The best way to store bread pudding is in the refrigerator. If you haven’t added any extra sauce such as custard yet – hold off until you’re ready to eat the pudding.

It’s okay to store bread pudding covered in sauce, but there’ll be a noticeable soggy texture to the dish when you come to eat it later.

Storing the pudding without sauce comes with the opposite problem and the bread will dry out over time. But this is a slower process than the pudding becoming soggy and is also easy to fix by adding sauce later.

To store bread pudding in the refrigerator:

  • Ensure the bread pudding has fully cooled if you’ve just baked it.
  • Place the bread pudding in an airtight container. The more compact the container, the better, as this will help prevent the dish from prematurely going stale. You can also cover the bread pudding with a layer of plastic wrap. The more protection you provide against air contact, the less dry the pudding will become.
  • The bread pudding will last for a maximum of 5 days in the refrigerator. But for best results, aim to use the dish within 2 days, where moisture loss will be less noticeable. 
Allowing the bread pudding to cool fully before storing prevents condensation

How To Freeze Bread Pudding

Bread pudding freezes well, as long as you haven’t already smothered it in a sauce. Freezing a bread pudding with sauce on isn’t recommended because it will result in a sludgy, messy dish.

If you also have leftover sauce it’s best to store this separately.

To freeze bread pudding:

  • Ensure the bread pudding is fully cooled before freezing.
  • Optional: cut the bread pudding into individual portions. This will help if you don’t want to eat the leftovers all in one go.
  • Double wrap the bread pudding in plastic wrap.
  • Place the wrapped bread pudding in an airtight freezer bag or container. This helps to preserve the moisture in the pudding and protects it against freezer burn.
  • Label the container with the date so you know how long it’s been in the freezer for.
  • Where possible, freeze any sauce separately from the pudding. Doing so helps preserve the texture and consistency of the dessert.

To thaw the pudding, leave it in the refrigerator overnight. You can check if it’s fully thawed by sticking a knife or a skewer into the middle of it.

Once the pudding has completely defrosted, bring it to room temperature before reheating it.

If you notice it’s a little hard, don’t worry, that’s a normal side effect of freezing it. It will soften up again as you reheat it and add a sauce. Custard and ice cream work well.

Eat the bread pudding within 24 hours of thawing and never re-freeze.

Can you freeze unbaked bread pudding?

I don’t advise freezing unbaked bread pudding. You’ll get better results baking it first and then freezing. Unbaked bread pudding is more likely to split and then the texture will be compromised.

If you do freeze an unbaked pudding follow the same instructions as above.

How Long Will Bread Pudding Last In The Freezer?

Cooked bread pudding will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. If you plan on freezing uncooked bread pudding, it will last for up to 1 month. For best results, bake the pudding before freezing.

How To Reheat Bread Pudding

You have four options when choosing to eat leftover bread pudding: reheat it in the oven, reheat it in the microwave, reheat it on the stove, or simply eat the pudding cold.

Because you always need to thaw frozen bread pudding before eating it, the methods for reheated frozen and refrigerated bread pudding are the same. Always make sure the frozen pudding is completely defrosted before reheating.

I like to bring my bread pudding to room temperature before reheating it because it reduces temperature shocks.

You can either add your sauce before reheating the bread pudding or just before you serve it. It’s up to you.

Reheating Bread Pudding In The Microwave

The microwave is the fastest method of reheating so good if you’re in a hurry, but you won’t get the nice crispy top the oven heating provides.

To reheat refrigerated bread pudding in the microwave:

  • Place the bread pudding in a microwavable bowl
  • Heat in the microwave on low power for at least 2 minutes
  • Depending on how hot you like your bread pudding, make sure to check the progress every 30 seconds
  • If you want a crispy top you can place the reheated pudding under the grill for a few minutes before serving

Reheating Bread Pudding In The Oven

The oven is slower, but it’s my preferred method because you get all the original qualities of the bread pudding back.

To reheat refrigerated bread pudding in the oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cover the pudding with foil to prevent it from drying out
  • Heat for 8 to 10 minutes
  • To get a crispy top take the foil off for the last few minutes of heating

Reheating Bread Pudding On The Stove

I recently decided to reheat my bread pudding on the stove. Full disclosure: it was so good.

I added a dollop of butter to the pan before adding a portion of bread pudding. Flip the pudding halfway through heating to create crumbly crisp edges on each side. 

In all cases, it’s important to ensure the dish is heated to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the FDA, this is the minimum safe cooking temperature for leftovers.

If you want to be extra careful, a simple cooking thermometer (link to Amazon) can come in handy to ensure that you’re always on the safe side of the guidelines.

How To Fix Dry Bread Pudding

Dry bread pudding is usually the result of the bread soaking up any moisture while in storage. It’s quite common that a pudding will be dry if you’ve left it for a few days. Luckily, fixing it is easy (and delicious).

To fix dry bread pudding, simply add a sauce. You can use a custard sauce, cream, toffee sauce, or anything you want really! Add the sauce or cream to the dish just before serving. Another alternative to revive dry bread pudding is to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

You can even use jam to help revive a dry bread pudding

If you’re to creating a new batch of homemade custard sauce, this recipe is delicious.

Do You Need To Refrigerate Bread Pudding?

Bread pudding needs to be refrigerated due to the fact that significant quantities of dairy products used as ingredients.

A quick rule of thumb is that if lots of dairy products are used in the making of the item, the finished product will need refrigerating.

The ratio of wet ingredients to dry ingredients is much higher in bread pudding than in cakes, which is why it has to be refrigerated when cakes don’t.

Bread pudding is more akin to a custard. This means that there’s a lot of moisture in the dessert which can inhibit bacteria if not properly stored. 

How long can bread pudding sit out?

Bread pudding can be left out at room temperature for no longer than two hours. After two hours the risk of harmful bacteria populating and spreading on the pudding is greatly increased.

Is Bread Pudding The Same As Bread & Butter Pudding?

There are some subtle differences between bread pudding and bread and butter pudding. None of these differences impact how you store, freeze, or reheat the dishes.

Bread and butter pudding is stored in the same way as bread pudding

Bread pudding is typically made with cubes or chunks of stale bread, soaked in a liquid mixture of milk, eggs, and sugar. Bread and butter pudding, on the other hand, usually calls for slices of bread that are buttered before adding the liquid mix.

Does Bread Pudding Go Bad?

Yes, bread pudding will go bad within a matter of hours if left unrefrigerated. This is due to the large quantities of dairy ingredients used. In the refrigerator, bread pudding will start to go bad after a period of 5 days.

How To Store Bread Pudding

The best way to store bread pudding is in the refrigerator. If you haven't added any extra sauce such as custard yet – hold off until you're ready to eat the pudding.
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Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 287 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 portion bread pudding cooked

Instructions
 

Refrigerating Bread Pudding

  • Ensure the bread pudding has fully cooled if you've just baked it.
  • Place the bread pudding in an airtight container.
  • The more compact the container, the better, as this will help prevent the dish from prematurely going stale.
  • You can also cover the bread pudding with a layer of plastic wrap. The more protection you provide against air contact, the less dry the pudding will become.
  • The bread pudding will last for a maximum of 5 days in the refrigerator. But for best results, aim to use the dish within 2 days, where moisture loss will be less noticeable. 

How To Freeze Bread Pudding

  • Ensure the bread pudding is fully cooled before freezing.
  • Optional: cut the bread pudding into individual portions. This will help if you don't want to eat the leftovers all in one go.
  • Double wrap the bread pudding in plastic wrap.
  • Place the wrapped bread pudding in an airtight freezer bag or container. This helps to preserve the moisture in the pudding and protects it against freezer burn.
  • Label the container with the date so you know how long it's been in the freezer for.
  • Where possible, freeze any sauce separately from the pudding. Doing so helps preserve the texture and consistency of the dessert.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal
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