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Honey Bun Bread Pudding (Easy + Baked)

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Honeybun bread pudding is a family favorite in my household. This easy breakfast-dessert is the perfect combination of sweet and cinnamon. Serve with a tall glass of milk for your next large gathering or brunch!

honey bun bread pudding with strawberries and whipped cream
serve for breakfast or dessert

There’s nothing better than baking in bulk- the easy way, and this honey bun bread pudding is the perfect bake-ahead treat. You can find me whipping up easy breakfasts and desserts, like bread puddings and Mardi Gras cake in the spring time.

I always make sweet potato muffins or blueberry muffins and this delectable dessert whenever there’s family in town and we chow down on it all week long!

honey bun bread pudding ingredients on a countertop
eggs+vanilla+sugar+milk+butter+honey bun+cinnamon

Ingredients

  • diced honey buns
  • eggs
  • granulated sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • ground cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • whole milk

Optional glaze ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • Soft whipped cream for serving

How to make honey bun bread pudding

Making this recipe is like making a simple honey bun cake.

  • Spray a 9×13 with cooking spray. Place the diced honey buns into the baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the ingredients until combined.
  • Pour this mixture over the honey buns and press down with a spoon so the honey buns are completely coated. Let this sit for 30 minutes to give the honey buns time to soak up the custard.
  • Bake and serve warm or cold with a dollop of whipped topping, ice cream and more!
fancy fork taking a piece of bread pudding
gooey, golden, and scrumptious

Substitutions

Substitute whole milk for almond, soy or oat milk. You may also use half and half.

Substitute white granulated sugar for brown sugar, or omit it for less sugar.

piece of honey bun bake with milk and golden fork
easy to store and reheat

Storage

This dish will keep up to a week in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

two pieced of honey bun bread pudding
fresh fruit + bread pudding = the perfect pair

FAQ

Can I freeze honey bun bread pudding?

Yes, this will freeze in an air-tight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight and reheat if preferred.

Can I make this with frosted honey buns?

I have not tried this recipe with frosted honey buns, just regular.

Is this recipe gooey or thick?

This honey bun bread pudding is more on the custardy side, like a simple bread pudding. Add less liquid if you prefer a thick, bread-type of pudding.

I love that the top gets crisp and caramelized while the inside stays soft.

Best toppings for honey bun bread pudding?

Serve with candied nuts, whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, chocolate drizzle or vanilla ice cream. I also love my bread pudding with bananas and/or strawberries.

honey buns with strawberries, milk and whipped topping
this bread pudding is perfect with a tall glass of milk

Tips for the perfect honey bun bread pudding

There is less sugar in this recipe than other bread puddings due to the honey buns already being sweet. 

slice of honey bun bread pudding with whipped topping and strawberry on the side

Honey Bun Bread Pudding

Try this simple honey bun bread pudding for breakfast or as a treat. A perfectly baked dessert everyone will love.
4.72 from 7 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 15
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Amber

Ingredients

Glaze (optional)

Instructions

  • Spray a 9×13 with cooking spray. Place the diced honeybuns into the baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla until combined. Add the milk and gently whisk it in.
  • Pour this mixture over the honeybuns and press down with a spoon so the honeybuns are submerged. Let this sit for 30 minutes to give the honeybuns time to soak up the icing.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is browned and puffed.
  • You know it’s ready when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving, serve warm, room temperature, or cold! Serve with optional soft whipped cream.

Notes

Notes
There is less sugar in this recipe than other bread puddings due to the honeybuns already being sweet.
This bread pudding is more on the custardy side.
I have not tried this recipe with frosted honeybuns, just regular.
Freezing
Freeze in an air tight container, sealed in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Serving suggestions
serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or included glaze recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg

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Sherrie williams

Saturday 15th of January 2022

I’m dying to try this! How much milk for the custard? There is only milk for the glaze.

Amber

Saturday 15th of January 2022

4 cups. I've added it, thanks for catching this!

Nick

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

You have 4 cups of milk for the glaze? Typo? Also you have no measurement for the milk for the custard.

Amber

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

Hi Nick, yes- thank you for catching that typo. It has been fixed. The "custard" is the other ingredients that the bread will soak up. There's nothing more to add. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! -Amber