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Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce is an amazingly delicious dessert featuring a wonderful blend of spices and a buttery vanilla sauce that’s completely irresistible!

Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

One of my favorite go-to desserts for its simplicity and for happy guests is bread pudding. It’s a simple thing to prep with simple ingredients. And it usually needs to chill before baking, making it a great make-ahead dessert. All of that and more is why I love this Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce.

At its heart, this is a fairly straightforward bread pudding. It’s just bread plus eggs plus a sweetened, spiced milk mixture. What makes it special is the blend of spices mixed into it and the sauce. Put all of that together, and you’ve got one fantastic dessert.

Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

The chai spices in this bread pudding are a variation of my usual blend. I often use a bit of ground black pepper in my chai spice blend, but I opted to omit it here to keep the flavors a little more subtle. It’s similar to my Fall Spice Blend, but with different ratios of the spices. If you have a favorite blend, you can certainly use that if you prefer.

I often use challah for bread puddings because I like the texture and flavor. I often have leftover challah from using part of a loaf for something like French toast. That means the remainder often turns into bread pudding. If you don’t have access to challah, I’d recommend another bread made with eggs, like brioche.

Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Don’t miss out on this sauce, y’all. It has such rich, amazing, buttery flavor that’s a wonderful complement to the subtly sweet and spiced bread pudding. I seriously just want to spoon it over everything. It’s made with some basic ingredients that you’re very likely to have on hand. It just needs a little bit of stovetop time, and it’s ready to serve. If you’re prepping in advance, this sauce will reheat well, too, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.

If you’re a fan of warm, comforting spices and big doses of vanilla, then I think you’ll really enjoy this Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce. A warm slice topped with a little (or a lot!) of that sauce is one of my favorite comfort dessert indulgences. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

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Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 53 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes

The delicious spices and amazing sauce make this Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce a favorite!

Chai Spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce


For the bread pudding:

  • 12 ounces (340g) challah bread, cut into cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 1 & 2/3 cups (380ml) milk
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (57g) finely chopped almonds

For the vanilla sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113ml) heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


To make the bread pudding:

  1. Place the cubed challah in a greased 9"x 13"x 2" baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and salt. Pour over the challah, making sure that the bread is completely covered by the milk mixture. Sprinkle the almonds on top.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  4. Set out the chilled bread pudding while you preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the pudding comes out clean.

To make the vanilla sauce:

  1. Place the butter, sugar, brown sugar, cream, and salt in a heavy saucepan*. Cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Carefully stir in the vanilla.
  3. Spoon over servings of warm bread pudding.


*The mixture will be fairly bubbly while it cooks, so be sure to use a large enough pan.

Vanilla sauce recipe slightly adapted from Land O'Lakes.

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  1. YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve heard about your blog a couple of times and will now spend my afternoon reading 🙂

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