Easy Hawaiian Bread Pudding

DH and I both enjoy bread pudding. It’s something we will get as a dessert course, but I’ve never tried to make it because I was too lazy. Making custard, scalding milk, etc, seemed like too much effort.

Then I stumbled across a super easy bread pudding recipe. You basically dump everything into a pan and it’s ready to go in the oven. I had been given this soft and sweet King Hawaiian round bread that was perfect for the bread pudding.

Sticking with the Hawaiian theme, I added some chopped up macadamia nuts and honey. Next time I might add some raisins or pineapple chunks.

This came out great. It’s not the most sophisticated bread pudding, but it is pretty tasty and takes very little effort.

Easy Hawaiian Bread Pudding


1 King Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread
2 tbsp melted butter
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts



1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
2. Break bread into small pieces and spread evenly throughout pan. Drizzle melted butter on top of bread.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. Beat with a whisk until eggs are completely beaten.
4. Pour over bread. Lightly push down on any bread pieces not soaked in egg mixture. Sprinkle nuts across. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until custard is set.

Adapted from All Recipes

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21 comments on “Easy Hawaiian Bread Pudding”

  1. great recipe! sounds yummy.

  2. This looks and sounds totally yummy!

  3. I keep eating the hawaiian buns i have and this might be the perfect thing to finish them all off at once. I have seen bread pudding with just about every kind of bread and this might be the best idea yet!

  4. Good one!! I make this all the time;) aloha

  5. I have a question. In your ingredients, you list “3 tbsp cup honey”. Is this 3 tbsp of honey or 3 tbsp + 1 cup of honey?

  6. Made this tonight with leftover Thanksgiving Hawaiian rolls. Added a carmelized drizzle of butter, sugar, flour and vanilla. So good first pan was gone before dinner…had to use remaining rolls to make again. Thanks for sharing.

  7. The recipe does not tell you what to do with the nuts. I mixed them in with the bread before pouring over the milk and egg mixture but I don’t know if that was right.

    • Yes what you did is fine. I sprinkled mine on just before baking the bread. I’ve corrected the recipe to reflect that. Thanks for noticing the error

  8. Can raisins be used instead Of the nuts.

  9. I am very new to cooking in general…but how do you know when the custard has ‘set’??? I know you check a cake with a clean knife- but this is the first custard that I have wanted to try.

  10. I made this last night. It turned out perfect.
    Thank you.

  11. Do you cover it with foil when baking?

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