Challah Bread Pudding Topped With Homemade Caramel Sauce

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This Challah Bread Pudding Topped With Homemade Caramel Sauce is a must make. This dessert recipe is sure to impress your guests and have everyone asking for seconds. While this post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers, all opinions and the recipe are my own.

Easy Challah Bread Pudding

Challah Bread Pudding Topped With Homemade Caramel Sauce

Bread pudding is one of my husband’s absolute favorite desserts. He orders it whenever he sees it on a restaurant menu. There is just something about the decadent dessert that makes you feel like you are having a bit of comfort served on a plate. Traditions. Memories. So many of both are centered around food, and that’s why I guess they say that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

I have never made bread pudding before. Until now. I guess it was one of those recipes that you know has been enjoyed for years, so it must be complicated, right? Not really. Bread Pudding is actually relatively easy to make, and the effort you put in is oh so worth it.

Best Challah Bread Pudding

I used Challah in my bread pudding recipe, Challah is a Kosher loaf of braided bread. It is a simple dough is made with eggs, water, flour, yeast and salt. Hanukkah is coming, so this would be an excellent dessert to serve at your celebrations. And if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah, I still recommend trying this rich bread pudding recipe with Challah. Challah is dense, slightly sweet and a bit “eggy” making it the perfect bread for bread pudding. And french toast.

Tasty Challah Bread Pudding

Hanukkah this year will begin in the evening of Sunday, December 22 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 30.

We all know that everyone has different holiday traditions and that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Some people celebrate Hanukkah, (the Festival of Lights) while others celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. Hanukkah has been celebrated since 165 BCE, and many traditions are included in the celebration.

The word Hanukkah is Hebrew and it means “dedication”. In this case, it is referring to the celebration of the re-dedication of the Holy Second Temple in Jerusalem. The celebration began at the behest of Judas Maccabeus in 165 BCE after the Jews triumphed over the Seleucid Empire and were to last for eight days. The eight days were to remind the Jewish people that even though the purified oil found in the temple was only enough to light the candles for one day, it lasted for eight days and nights.

There is one piece of Hanukkah tradition that you may be familiar with and that is the menorah. The menorah looks like a candelabra of sorts, with a spot for nine candles, and for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is lit. Some other traditional aspects of Hanukkah include playing with four-sided tops known as dreidels, exchanging gifts, singing songs, and eating traditional foods many of which are fried in oil.

Bread Pudding made with Challah bread

Some of these traditional foods are latkes or fried potato pancakes, Matzo ball soup, sufganiyot or fried jelly-filled donuts, brisket, and Challah bread. Speaking of Challah bread, let’s get to my Challah Bread Pudding recipe, shall we?

You will need milk, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, chocolate chips, raisins, and of course, Challah bread.  I had all the ingredients on hand besides the fresh Challah bread, so hopefully you do it.  This easy bread pudding recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prep and about one hour in the oven.  The easy homemade caramel sauce is ready in about 10 minutes, making this recipe easy and simply delicious to serve this Hanukkah or any day.

Easy Bread Pudding made with Challah bread

Now, here is my Easy Challah Bread Pudding and Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe.  Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Challah Bread Pudding

Challah Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce

This Easy Challah Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce is perfect for a crowd! Delicious and easy to make, this recipe is a must try this season.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast or Dessert
Keyword: bread pudding, challah, challah bread, dessert, hanukkah, kosher
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Setting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Tracy


  • Oven


  • 4 cups slightly warm milk I used skim
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 loaf Challah bread
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup raisins

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ¼ cup milk I used skim
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Spray or butter bottom of 9x13 baking dish
  • Add one layer of the Challah bread on the bottom of the baking dish, you may have to customize your slices by cutting them slightly to make sure the whole bottom is filled
  • Sprinkle on half of the chocolate chips and half of the raisins
  • Add another layer of the Challah bread, following the same pattern of the first layer
  • Sprinkle on the remaining chocolate chips and raisins
  • In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla and melted butter
  • Slowly pour the milk mixture over the layered bread
  • Cover with aluminum foil
  • Bake for 50 minutes
  • Uncover and bake for an additional 10 - 15 minutes until middle is set and top is slightly brown
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • Add brown sugar, butter and milk to a small sauce pan
  • Bring to boil, stirring regularly
  • Allow to cook for 3 - 5 minutes
  • Allow to cool slightly to thicken
  • Drizzle on top of bread pudding
  • Enjoy!


You can store remaining caramel sauce in a jar or a container in the refrigerator.  Be sure to cool before refrigerating.
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Challah Bread Pudding Topped With Homemade Caramel Sauce

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2 thoughts on “Challah Bread Pudding Topped With Homemade Caramel Sauce

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made a dozen or so bread pudding recipes over the past year or so and this one is probably my favorite. Very simple ingredients. Not overly chocolate like a few others I’ve tried. I used ghiradelli semi sweet chips and lactaid 2% since my family has lactose issues. Only edits I would make to the recipe itself, if I was going to pick, is to give some more details on the bread and how the sauce is drizzled. I knew enough to chop it into small 3/4″ or so cubes as best as I could. Challah bread is tough to find during the holidays, so, make sure you get that ingredient first. On the caramel sauce, I pretty much poured it over the entire pan and let that soak in. I served with whipped topping and its even better when its left to chill overnight. Will be saving this recipe and making it again. Yum.

    1. Thank you Ken! I appreciate your kind words and comment! I love the idea of pouring on the sauce and letting it soak in overnight….definitely doing that next time!

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