A holiday dessert worth cheering for! This gingerbread bread pudding is packed with whole grain goodness, sweet raisins and gingerbread spices, and topped off with a warm eggnog sauce.
A holiday dessert worth cheering for! This gingerbread bread pudding is packed with whole grain goodness, sweet raisins and gingerbread spices, and topped off with a warm eggnog sauce.

It’s the holiday season and whoop de doop….

I don’t know about you but it doesn’t really feel like the holidays to me right now. Sure, we decorated our tree and started doing some Christmas shopping but it doesn’t help that it was 50 degrees this week in Boston. It also doesn’t help when you’re not sure your 94 year old grandpa is going to make it to Christmas this year :(. Life doesn’t stop for the holidays. Suffering doesn’t stop for the holidays. So give yourself a dose of compassion if you’re not feeling the cheer cheer cheeriest this time of year when everyone is telling you you should. Know that you’re not alone. 

Gingerbread pudding

Last Sunday, we went to church and the priest was talking about how this season is really busy and we can get wrapped up in the whirlwind of all the stuff we have to do. But he asked if we can spend some time listening to our bodies, to our spirit, to see what we need. And I turned to Steve and gave him the look. That look was like OMG Father Unni is preaching what I preach! This time of year especially, we can forget to check-in with ourselves, with our bodies, to see what we need. But with all the stressors and commitments and obligations, it becomes that much more important to listen to the innate wisdom our bodies provide.

Gingerbread Bread Pudding

And sometimes that innate wisdom is going to be like go get yoself a piece of bread pudding, guuuuurl. And so, I present you with a new and improved version of my gingerbread bread pudding.

Holiday Bread Pudding

Are you a bread pudding fan? I adore the stuff. I can still remember the first time I tried it. I was at a Southern restaurant in NYC visiting my cousin for my high school graduation gift (my parents got us tickets to see Wicked). And I was like I will never eat another dessert ever again. Bread pudding is all that I NEED. I’m a sucker for warm desserts in the winter – warm apple pie, warm pear crisp, warm bread pudding – especially if they’re topped off with a scoop of ice cream 🙂 Gimme all the warm, sweet things.

Gingerbread bread pudding - perfect dessert for the holidays!

I also adore gingerbread during the holiday season as evidenced by my recent Gingerbread Pancakes post. Ginger is a wonderful ingredient and has inherent warming properties so it’s good for us to consume more of it during the cold, winter months. And it’s great for our digestive systems too. As I mention in Nourish Your Namaste, ginger has been shown to accelerate gastric emptying (how fast food leaves your stomach) and improve nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy. Plus, the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven? NOTHING like it. I need to find me a gingerbread candle. Or, just keeping baking all the gingerbread things.

Gingerbread Bread Pudding made with whole grains!

Oh, and as if gingerbread bread pudding could get better, it gets better. I topped it off with a warm eggnog sauce. YAH WELCOME.

Ok, so now you have one less thing to worry about for the holidays. Dessert is covered.

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Gingerbread Bread Pudding

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A holiday dessert worth cheering for! This gingerbread bread pudding is packed with whole grain goodness, sweet raisins and gingerbread spices, and topped off with a warm eggnog sauce.



For the gingerbread:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

For the bread pudding:

  • Day-old gingerbread (cubed)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or white granulated sugar)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins

For the Eggnog Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup eggnog


For the gingerbread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with butter.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add flours, baking soda, salt, and spices and stir to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), beat butter and molasses until combined. Add eggs and ginger and beat until combined. Alternate adding flour and buttermilk to the wet mixture, a little at a time, so that you begin and end with the flour. Stir until combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn out onto cooking rack to cool completely.
  5. Cut loaf into cubes to let dry out overnight.

For the bread pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Transfer cubed gingerbread to a large baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla until combined. Pour wet mixture over bread into the baking dish. Sprinkle raisins over top.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until pudding has set.
  4. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm with eggnog sauce.

For the eggnog sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt over medium-high heat. Slowly pour in eggnog, whisking constantly. Whisk frequently until sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Serve warm with bread pudding.


If using ground ginger, add it to the dry ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Holiday

A holiday dessert worth cheering for! This gingerbread bread pudding is packed with whole grain goodness, sweet raisins and gingerbread spices, and topped off with a warm eggnog sauce.

This recipe was retested, reshot and revamped to bring you the most delicious (and most beautiful) dish! The original post was published December 2014. 

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  1. Jack Flank

    I just made this…and however many years later now, it was extraordinary. The only thing I’d change is to double the magical egg nog sauce bc it’s so I sanely delicious. Perfect Christmas dessert!

  2. Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! Love the seasonal twist you put on it too. My husband loves anything eggnog so this would be a perfect dessert for our Christmas 🙂

  3. This is perfect for a holiday table!

  4. The finished product with some ice cream or whipped cream looks unbelievable! Love gingerbread.

  5. ohhhh my Kayla! I have a gingerbread chiaseed pudding recipe on my blog, but this takes it to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. An incredibly yummy level I might add 🙂 This looks amazing!!

    Sarah Grace

  6. OMG this looks INCREDIBLE!!! Ever since my family went to New Orleans when I was in middle school I’ve been a sucker for good bread pudding…100% making this version this holiday season!!

  7. This gingerbread pudding looks and sounds absolutely delish! YUM!!! 🙂

  8. I find that gingerbread can often be susceptible to drying out- but- you solved this problem by making a bread pudding- love it! I’m going to have to try this- thanks!

  9. This looks A-MAZ-ING! Bread pudding is pretty much my go-to dessert when dining out- if it’s on the menu, I’m ordering it. I’ve never had one which gingerbread but seeing yours, I really wish I had!

  10. Love gingerbread & bread pudding! This is a must try

  11. Oh my, just when you thought bread pudding couldn’t get any better. This has to happen at my house now – sooner than later! Thanks for sharing

  12. Gingerbread is one of my ultimate favorites. This bread pudding looks so flavorful and lightened up. I wouldn’t mind eating a warm bowl full of this for breakfast 😉

  13. This looks amazing! I haven’t has bread pudding in a long, long time, but I am seriously tempted to make a gluten-free version of your gingerbread pudding. Delicious idea!

  14. Min

    Ask anybody I know..bread pudding is hands down my FAV dessert! Of course it must be served a la mode..however, since gingerbread is soo flavorful, I may not need that extra scoop of ice cream after all ;). Mmm….love the holidays 😉

  15. Your photos are gorgeous, and I know the bread pudding will taste even better than it looks (if that’s even possible)! So many of my favorite ingredients wrapped up into one healthy dessert. Pinning now!!

  16. Nothing makes a house smell better than gingerbread when it’s baking. I love bread pudding, and this recipe looks incredible. That last picture makes me want to reach into my computer and grab that fork!

  17. AHHH – you have combined my two loves – gingerbread & bread pudding 🙂 I just made some gingerbread muffins last night – might need to hold onto some and make bread pudding out of them (or just eat them and make your recipe from start to finish. Pinning now.