Bread Pudding: Recipe Makeover

No, we're not sabotaging your healthy eating habits! This has just 300 calories.

Lighter Bread Pudding

Photography: Randy Mayor

Lighter Bread Pudding

Can a decadent, rich pudding really be made from plain old white bread? Yes, especially when that bread is drenched in heavy cream and eggs and then drowned in a butter-based caramel sauce. This hearty dessert can weigh in at 800 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat per warm, gooey bowl. Thanks, but no thanks. Our bread pudding is a slimmer, trimmer, and top-rated (by our picky Test Kitchen judges) redesign.

The Classic: 
 843 calories per slice
50.3 grams total fat
30.2 grams saturated fat

The Makeover: 
 300 calories per slice
4.8 grams total fat
2.4 grams saturated fat

View Recipe: Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

Bread Pudding Ingredient Swap: French Bread

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Ingredient Swap: French Bread

At only 80 calories per ounce, crusty French bread is a healthy choice; heavier recipes may use challah, croissants, or even doughnuts!

Bread Pudding Ingredient Swap: Caramel Sauce

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Ingredient Swap: Caramel Sauce

Brown sugar, bourbon, and a pinch of salt are made rich with half-and-half instead of heavy cream, saving 6g of saturated fat per drizzle.

Bread Pudding Ingredient Swap: Low-Fat Milk

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Ingredient Swap: Low-Fat Milk

A combination of low-fat milk and fat-free evaporated milk subs in for heavy cream and butter, saving 275 calories and 21g of saturated fat per serving.

Light Bread Pudding: Step 1

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Step 1

The success of this succulent pudding starts with how you treat the bread. Here's how to obtain that perfectly moist, creamy interior with a crisp outer crust.

Toast the bread cubes in the oven until lightly browned. This dries them out and allows them to soak up more of the creamy custard.

Light Bread Pudding: Step 2

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Step 2

Soak the bread cubes in the egg-milk mixture for at least 20 minutes to ensure maximum custard absorption. Gently press on the bread once or twice while the cubes soak.

Light Bread Pudding: Step 3

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Step 3

Drizzle a thin layer of sauce in the middle of the pudding to keep the bread supermoist while baking. Bake in a loaf pan to create a crispy crust around the creamy interior.

View Recipe: Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

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