Amaretto Bread Pudding

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Amaretto bread pudding is a classic dessert. Warm bread pudding topped with an amazing amaretto sauce. Special enough for celebrations and easy enough for every day. 

This bread pudding recipe has been with my family for as long as I can remember. The Amaretto sauce gives it a nice little kick and a little fancy but almond extract can be used instead. More of my favorite family recipes are Coffee Cake and Poppy Seed Cake

Amaretto Bread Pudding on a plate with sauce


What is bread pudding?? This can be a sweet or savory dish made with torn bread and typically cream and eggs. The bread soaks up the liquid mixture and is then baked. 


Italian Bread – If possible, use stale bread. This helps the bread hold it’s shape. 

Half and Half



Amaretto or Almond Extract – If you prefer not to use Amaretto, Almond Extract is a delicious substitute. 

Sliced Almonds

Powdered Sugar


  • Cut or tear your bread into 1/2 inch pieces and place in a bowl.
  • Pour the half-and-half over the bread and let it soak up for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a bowl, beat together egg, sugar and almond extract. 
  • Pour sugar mixture into the bread mixture and then gently stir in almonds. 
  • Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter (or non-stick cooking spray). 
  • Place bread pudding mixture into dish. 
  • Bake for approximately one hour or until top is golden brown. 


Bread pudding is typically served with a sauce. This one is super easy and really makes the dish!

  • In a saucepan, stir together butter and sugar over low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove heat and quickly stir in egg and Amaretto (or almond extract). 
  • Pour over bread pudding. 


You can make the night before and bake the next day. You could also bake and the reheat the next day. I like to make the sauce right before I serve. 


It will last about 2 days in the refrigerator. 


Yes, you can freeze this dessert. Wrap in cling wrap and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator and then bake when thawed. 

Bread Pudding on a plate with amaretto sauce and a fork

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bread pudding with sauce on a plate
5 from 6 votes

Amaretto Bread Pudding

By heather
Amaretto Bread pudding
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours
Servings: 8


  • 1 loaf day old Italian Bread
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg-beaten
  • 4 tablespoons Amaretto or substitute 1 tablespoon almond extract


  • Cut or tear bread into 1/2 inch pieces. Place into a large bowl and cover with half-and-half.
  • Let mixture stand for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven 350 degrees
  • In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and almond extract.
  • When the bread is ready, stir in egg/sugar mixture into the bread mixture.
  • Gently fold in the almonds.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking dish with the 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Pour mixture into the baking dish and bake for 1 hour or until top is golden.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Sauce
  • Stir the butter and sugar together over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, briskly whisk in the egg and Amaretto.
  • Pour sauce over bread pudding and serve.


Calories: 985kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 989IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this dessert for our family Christmas dinner this year. I used leftover French bread from the fondue dinner we enjoyed a few nights before Christmas. Everyone raved about the rich amaretto flavor and almonds! It is a definite keeper for the next time I need a stunning dessert for a special occasion.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Works well as a base for different versions, too. I altered the recipe to a fruitier flavor – vanilla extract instead of almond, and swirls of raspberry preserves instead of almonds. Topped off with a condensed milk-based sauce (with vanilla and a hint of lemon extract), and it was amazing.

  3. This is the best recipe I’ve found that reminds me of the Deep South where I was born and raised. I’m glad it doesn’t have the raisins. It’s a perfect recipe.

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