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Easy Hawaiian Bread Pudding

photo of a slice of Hawaiian Bread Pudding topped with ice cream
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.
close-up photo of a bread pudding in a baking dish
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.
photo of a package of King Hawaiian round bread

photo of King Hawaiian round bread
Sticking with the Hawaiian theme, I added some chopped up macadamia nuts and honey. Next time I might add some raisins or pineapple chunks.
photo of hawaiian bread pudding in a baking dish
This came out great. It’s not the most sophisticated bread pudding, but it is pretty tasty and takes very little effort.close-up photo of a forkful of bread pudding

Easy Hawaiian Bread Pudding

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This bread pudding is a dump and bake dish that's so easy to make!
5 from 3 votes


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
  • Break bread into small pieces and spread evenly throughout pan. Drizzle melted butter on top of bread.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. Beat with a whisk until eggs are completely beaten.
  • 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.


Recipe adapted from All Recipes

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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37 comments on “Easy Hawaiian Bread Pudding”

  1. I just baked this, per instructions given, except I used 6 leftover Hawaiian Bread Hamburger buns. I topped it with chopped walnuts before it was baked. It is excellent!

  2. Great recipe! Tried it a few weeks ago and I used some allspice instead of nutmeg and it still came out great!

  3. Great recipe! Made it yesterday had some dried apricots, plums and chocolate covered coconut chips.  I also split the milk portion into half Vanilla flavored no sugar almond Milk and half regular milk. Came out great, and was even better this morning, warmed up

  4. Like she says this is super easy and soo good. I added some sweetened coconut and some chopped macadamia on too when there was about 10 minutes left in bake time. Added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on side also??

  5. I have 2% milk should I use less milk or add something to it?

  6. Can I use Hawaiian sweet rolls for this receipe?

  7. Made today. I had a Hawaiian boule frozen in my freezer from Christmas and extra milk on hand and many eggs. Your recipe came up when I search Hawaiian bread pudding. So glad it did

    I sprinkled sugar on top to get a little bit of a sweet Crunch and it was awesome

  8. I just baked the Bread Pudding according to the recipe. However, I had a partial pkg of cream cheese and I placed a small “chunk” in with the
    pecans. I baked it in the ramekins. It came out GREAT/Delicious.

  9. Do you cover it with foil when baking?

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

  11. 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.

  12. Can raisins be used instead Of the nuts.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

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

  17. 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!

  18. This looks and sounds totally yummy!

  19. great recipe! sounds yummy.

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