Croissant and Honey Bread Pudding with Mock Custard Sauce

Honey Bread Pudding with Custard Sauce

When I was a kid growing up my Father made bread pudding.  He was the King of Bread Pudding. Only one problem....I never, ever tasted it.  Everyone raved about it.  Everyone asked for more.  My Mother even ate it and trust me, that woman was not an eater {unlike me!} so if she ate it, it must have been good.  I have no idea why I never tried it.  As I'm sitting here and typing this I can't for the life of me figure it out.  The only reason I can think of is that I must have thought it was 'healthy' and therefore avoided it.  

Honey Bread Pudding with Custard Sauce
Honey Bread Pudding with Custard Sauce

Fast forward YEARS later and here I am making my first ever bread pudding and I absolutely loved it.  I could have eaten the entire tray {imagine a crazed rabid wolf protecting her young ~ I had a hard time sharing it with my family}.  The best part is it was so absolutely easy to make.  My family asked that I add it to my 'make again' list.  They actually think I have one.....somewhere along the line I must have told them I did....I don't....not a real one anyway but I have found that when I blog about a recipe I remember it and then I can go back to it and make it again.  Most of my recipes are a pinch of this, a splash of that so I never remember how I made them....hence the reason blogging is a good thing for me.  I actually make notes of how much I use and how I make things so I can share it with you and if I alter a recipe from a cookbook, magazine, etc., I just add on the page what I changed.  

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Croissant and Honey Bread Pudding with Mock Custard Sauce

Based on a recipe from EveryDay with Rachel Ray January/February 2014 issue
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Honey Bread Pudding with Custard Sauce


  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • cup honey
  • 3 tubes of crescent rolls - 24 rolls total or 24 small croissants
  • 16 ounce carton of ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

Mock Custard Sauce

  • 1 5.1 ounce box of Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling - make according to directions on box
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • If using the crescent rolls open each package, unroll the crescent rolls keeping 2 together in a rectangle shape stacking 2 atop each other ~ see picture ~ and bake according to directions on label. Allow to cool.

For Bread Pudding

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk 3 eggs, ¼ cup sugar and ⅓ cup honey. Whisk in 4 cups half-and-half.
  • Cut cooled crescent rolls or croissants into cubes and add to the half-and-half mixture. Let soak for 15 minutes.
  • Add the ricotta cheese stirring gently.
  • Add the melted butter, again, stirring gently.
  • Spread the mixture evenly in baking dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil, increase oven temperature to 425 degree and baking until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Let cool 15 minutes and serve with mock custard.

Mock Custard

  • Make vanilla pudding according to directions on box adding 1 tablespoon of honey

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Author: Mary Beth

We had this for dinner ~ the ricotta has a lot of protein 😉 ~ and we loved it but it would be great for a brunch or a dessert.  Very versatile!  You could also serve it with whipped cream or syrup.  

Do you have any recipes that were a family favorite but you have never made?  My Mom was Polish and she made Duck Soup ~ my sister and brother loved it but my Dad and I never touched it.....not sure I'll be making that anytime in the near future but you never know!

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  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Mary Beth...
    Growing up my mom made delicious rice pudding and bread pudding. But, my husband doesn't care for either whenever I made the same recipes. He says they taste I'm guessing there's something in the texture he's not fond of.

    Your recipe sounds mouthwatering. I bet your family would love it over and over.
    I just had a funny thought. What would it be like to add bacon to the recipe? Hmmmm. Maybe just serve it with bacon for your meal?

    See you tonight!!

    1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

      p.s. forgot to tell you I like the new banner... 😉

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Diane. Bacon would be a great addition to the recipe ~ my boys and husband agree that bacon makes everything better!

      I'm glad you like the new banner!

      Mary Beth

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  3. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I don't remember having bread pudding when I was growing up, but I love it as an adult. I don't allow myself to make it very often for that very reason -- I would eat way too much of it! This recipe looks like one I most definitely need to try!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Carol! My family wants me to make it again but I'll have to make it and then leave the house or else I would eat way too much...again! Have a great week.

  4. Wow........ Great. Looking so YUM. i love this. I want this in next morning as breakfast.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you very much, Yead ~ I appreciate your sweetness!

  5. Nibbles By Nic says:

    Oh how I love a good bread pudding! Thanks so much for sharing this decadent delight! (ps) Nice to meet you! Nic

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Nic, and it's nice to meet you as well! 🙂

  6. Inspire Me Heather says:

    That looks really, really good! I don't think I've ever had bread pudding before - thanks for your recipe Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Heather!

  7. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says:

    I was a super picky eater as a kid - I lived on ice cream, meat and potatoes! I'm still pretty picky - but I would definitely try this!

  8. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    I love bread puddings!!! Can't wait to try this recipe Mary Beth.

  9. I love bread pudding and this sounds so yummy!

  10. Claire @ A Little Claireification says:

    Oh I am in love, Mary Beth. This looks delicious!! Croissants & honey?? Yes, please. Pinned!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Claire ~ I could go for some right now ~ I'm a bit of a sweets freak!

  11. Shannon - AKA Design says:

    What a fun looking dessert! Thank you for linking to the Weekend re-Treat Link Party.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Shannon!

  12. Leslie @ House on the Way says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this yummy Bread Pudding recipe at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you at the party again this Tuesday.
    Have a great week,

  13. This is new to me, and it looks sooooooooooooooo delicious!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Winnie! Your food always looks amazing so I appreciate your kindness. Hugs, Mary Beth

  14. Joanna Sormunen says:

    This looks so beautiful and delicious, both at the same time. I pinned it and I will try it at home. I don't know if it will be as pretty but I hope it will taste good 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You are so sweet, Joanna ~ thank you! I'm sure yours will be both pretty and delicious. Have a wonderful week ~ hugs, Mary Beth

  15. Wow! This is awesome! My Grandma used to make bread pudding. I totally want to make some after seeing your recipe. Thanks for sharing with Sharing It Sunday. I'm definitely pinning this one!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Michele. 🙂 I don't think bread pudding is quite the hot item now that it used to be ~ my Dad's recipe was from his Mom (I wish I had that one) but this one was so easy and delicious.

  16. oh yes, MB! This combines two of my favorite carbs! Croissants and bread pudding! yum yum yum!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Chelsea ~ so glad you like this ~ I'm a carb gal ~ I love this kind of stuff. Have a great week.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  17. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Oh no... imagine all the years you've missed out on that yummy pudding Mary Beth. You'll have to make up for that now 😉

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I could make up for it with my hands tied behind my back....I have a serious issue with loving sweets!

  18. I can relate, Mary Beth. I put off trying bread pudding for years because it just didn't sound good. Man was I missing out! Good bread pudding is such a treat.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.