This Bread Pudding for 2 is designed perfectly for just two people (or one very hungry person!). It’s lightly sweet, made with a majority of pantry ingredients, and can be topped with your favorite toppings—caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream & fruit—your choice!
I really enjoy baking but most recipes make a entire cake, at least two dozen cookies, or a whole pan of brownies. I work from home and can almost hear the leftover sweets calling my name in the afternoon, so I tend to either 1) not bake often or 2) send the sweets to work with my husband so I can avoid too much temptation. 🙂
However, I love a dessert recipe that serves two. And this Bread Pudding for 2 is one of them! It serves exactly two people with no leftovers and no waste.
It starts with ⅓ of a baguette. You could also use French bread or brioche. I serve the rest of the baguette with dinner or for breakfast the next day with butter and jam.
I cubed the baguette and placed it in an 8×4 inch loaf pan. If you’d rather, you could divide the baguette among two (8 oz) ramekins instead of a loaf pan. I drizzled the baguette with butter and poured a mixture of egg, milk, sugar, and vanilla over the top. It’s important to push the bread into the egg mixture so that all of the bread comes in contact with the liquid.
The Bread Pudding for 2 bakes in about 25 minutes, so you could place it in the oven right before you sit down to dinner, and it’ll be done when you’re ready for dessert.
Next is the fun part: the toppings! I opted for a store-bought caramel sauce, whipped cream, and blueberries. Sliced strawberries, fresh blackberries, or sliced mango would be delicious, too!
You could also sub chocolate sauce for the caramel sauce, or drizzle it with nutella that’s been warmed in the microwave until it is drizzling consistency.
Bread Pudding for 2 would be perfect for a date night at home, or a Valentine’s Day dessert, or really anytime that you are craving bread pudding but don’t want a whole dish of it!
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Bread Pudding For 2
- ⅓ of a 26-inch baguette cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1½ tablespoons sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- For drizzling: store-bought salted caramel sauce or chocolate sauce
- For garnish if desired: fresh fruit, whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray (see note below for another option for ramekins). Place the cubed baguette in the greased pan and drizzle with melted butter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, egg, vanilla, and salt. Pour the mixture over the bread. Push the bread down gently for a few seconds so that it begins to soak up the egg mixture.
- Place the pan in the oven. Bake for 23–25 minutes, or until the top springs back slightly when tapped.
- Let cool slightly, slice in half, and place the squares of bread pudding on plates. Drizzle with caramel sauce right before serving and garnish with whipped cream and fresh fruit, if desired.
- You can also make this in 2 (8 oz) ramekins. Follow instructions as written (be sure to grease the ramekins) and bake for 23–25 minutes.
- This recipe can easily be tweaked. Add a small handful of chocolate chips. Add a couple tablespoons of raisins and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Skip the caramel or chocolate sauce and drizzle with nutella that has been warmed until it can be drizzled.