Slow Cooker Cinnamon Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is one of our favorite things to make which doubles so well as a sweet breakfast or the perfect dessert treat. This cinnamon bread pudding tastes like a cross between french toast and glazed cinnamon rolls, has a prep time of only 15 minutes, and is made so easily by using a Hamilton Beach 10 Quart Stay or Go Slow Cooker!

slow cooker cinnamon bread pudding ingredients

What ingredients do you need for this cinnamon bread pudding?

The ingredients for this bread pudding are fairly simple and ones you may already have on hand! Here is what you will need:

  • Brioche Bread - I found brioche to be the best flavor and texture for this bread pudding, but if you can't find it you can definitely substitute french bread. Either way you just want to make sure the bread is day-old as otherwise it will be too soft once cooked.
  • Whole Milk - I liked the richness level of using whole milk (as opposed to a lower fat content milk) but if you want it to be richer you could also use half milk and half light or heavy cream.
  • Eggs - The 4 eggs in this recipe give the bread pudding a great custard-like consitency.
  • Sugar - Some white sugar helps to sweeten up the bread.
  • Brown Sugar - Because this is a cinnamon bread pudding, the stronger flavor from the brown sugar pairs perfectly with the cinnamon.
  • Butter - Just a little melted butter also brings everything together.
  • Cinnamon - I found that 2 1/2 teaspoons was the perfect amount for making this bread pudding cinnamon-filled but not overpowering.
  • Vanilla - A little vanilla of course!
  • Salt - Just a dash mixed in with everything else.

For the glaze itself, all you'll need is some powdered sugar and milk, and then a little more vanilla if you want to add some to the glaze as well.

cubed brioche bread in slow cooker

How do you make this bread pudding?

This bread pudding is so simple to make, and made even easier by using Hamilton Beach's 10 Quart Slow Cooker. The size of the slow cooker makes it ideal for making a big batch of this bread pudding, either to bring to a gathering with family and friends or to snack on all week. If you are planning on bringing it somewhere, then the handles and clip-tight sealed lid also make it so easy to transport and share this recipe. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Remove the lid from the 10 quart slow cooker and coat the inside with cooking spray. Because of the amount of bread used you'll want to ensure the sides are coated as well as the bread will come up fairly high.

Step 2: Cut the brioche bread into 1-inch cubes and add half of the cubes to the slow cooker, making sure they're in an even layer.

whisked wet ingredients for bread pudding

Step 3: In a large bowl, add the whole milk, eggs, sugars, melted butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Whisk thoroughly until eggs are beaten and mixture is combined.

Step 4: Evenly pour half of milk mixture over the bread in the slow cooker, being careful to try and pour some over each piece. Top with remaining cubed bread, then remaining milk mixture.

cubed brioche with wet ingredients in slow cooker

Step 5: Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature dial to high for 1 hour and 15 minutes. This slow cooker has 3 temperature settings, 'Warm', 'Low', and 'High', which make it so convenient for whatever you're cooking and for how much time you have. If the bread pudding is ready before you plan to eat it, you can easily switch the setting to warm!

Step 6: Make the glaze by whisking together the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl.

Then it's as simple as scooping out some of the bread pudding, and drizzling it with as much glaze as you like!

slow cooker cinnamon bread pudding

Why make this slow cooker cinnamon bread pudding?

After trying this recipe out a few times it has quickly become what is sure to be one of my go-to's from now on! Here is why I love it and why I think you will too:

  1. Great for any occassion - This bread pudding is simple enough to make during a regular week, but also fun enough to bring to a gathering for a brunch or game day treat!
  2. Made in a slow cooker - Hamilton Beach's 10 Quart Slow Cooker is so perfect for making this because it's big enough to hold lots of bread without squishing it, and it also makes the perfect hands-off treat when you're craving something but don't have a lot of time.
  3. Tastes like a cinnamon roll! - This is the simplest version of something that tastes so much like a classic cinnamon roll, just with much less preparation time!

cinnamon bread pudding with glaze

How should this bread pudding be stored?

This bread pudding must be stored in the fridge if not consumed right away. It is best eaten within 2-3 days, and if you're saving it for later I recommend adding on the glaze right before you eat it. Another great aspect of the Hamilton Beach 10 Quart Slow Cooker is that the removable stoneware crock and glass lid are dishwasher safe so once you remove all the bread pudding you can pop the crock and lid right in the dishwasher!

slow cooker cinnamon bread pudding with glaze

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a different kind of bread if I can't find brioche?

Yes, definitely! I tried out french bread and liked it also (it just wasn't as sweet). I think Challah would also work well.

Can this be made in the oven instead of a slow cooker?

I only tested this version in a slow cooker, plus given the quantity of bread the large 10 quart slow cooker is perfect for making sure the bread is evenly spaced out and not squished.

plated cinnamon bread pudding with glaze

This slow cooker cinnamon bread pudding is so easy, absolutely delicious, and so simple to put together thanks to the help of our favorite 10 quart slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Bread Pudding

This cinnamon bread pudding tastes like a cross between french toast and a perfectly glazed cinnamon roll, and it's made in a slow cooker making it the easiest hands-off breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat.

Author:
Jackie

Ingredients

Servings: 8-10

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

  • 10-12 cups day-old brioche bread, cubed
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, slightly cooled
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Glaze

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove the lid from a 10 quart slow cooker and coat the inside with cooking spray.
  2. Cut brioche bread into 1-inch cubes and add half of the cubes to the slow cooker.
  3. In a large bowl, add the whole milk, eggs, sugars, melted butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Whisk thoroughly until eggs are beaten and mixture is combined.
  4. Evenly pour half of milk mixture over the bread in the slow cooker, being careful to try and pour some over each piece. Top with remaining cubed bread, then remaining milk mixture.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature dial to high for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the glaze by whisking together the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  7. Serve desired amount of the cinnamon bread pudding topped with glaze and enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

NOTES

You can adjust the amount of glaze made as needed based on if you are serving all of the bread pudding at once.

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