My father loves, absolutely loves bread pudding. Of any flavor or variety. Along with blueberries and apple pie.
While I also dearly love bread pudding, sometimes I just want a treat that doesn’t take a lot of time. A quick and easy treat that’s warm and gooey… and oh-so-delicious.
During a recent visit at my parent’s house, I treated my dad with this warm bread pudding… in under two minutes. And– he approves.
A quick and easy comfort food treat that doesn’t sacrifice deliciousness but saves precious minutes and will have you curling up on the sofa with family, lighting a fire, and watching a good movie in minutes.
This Two-Minute Bread Pudding in a Mug is exactly that treat.
This does not, however, replace my all-time favorite bread pudding, “Timeless Classic: Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding.”
But it’s quite tasty, warm with all the flavors I crave. And… it’s microwavable… and ready in under 2 minutes!
A note on mug selection. I’ve made this in many different sizes and shapes of mugs. My favorite is a coffee type mug that is short and broad. Truly, though, any mug works, and any bread works. Play with the cooking time as each microwave varies.
Two-Minute Bread Pudding in a Mug
1 tablespoon butter
1-2 slices French bread, cubed
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch or sprinkle of nutmeg
If using sauce, make that first and set aside.
Butter your mug of choice. I usually put a pat of butter in the bottom of the mug and microwave for 15 seconds until soft and then coat the butter with a knife around the bottom and edges of the mug.
Cube the bread and place in the mug. You will want it overflowing.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour slowly over the cubed bread in the mug, pushing the bread down slightly with a fork into the egg mixture to coat. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg.
Microwave for 1 minute and check. You will want a toothpick to come out clean. This will take anywhere from 1-2 minutes, depending on your microwave. Mine is perfect at 1 minute, 30 seconds. My mom’s microwave is perfect at about 1 minute, 20 seconds.
If using sauce, pour over the top and enjoy!
Browned Butter Vanilla Sauce
Ingredients (Enough for 2-4 Mugs)
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
In a small saucepan, melt the butter until it turns into a toasty brown color. Then add brown sugar and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes or until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil. Stir in vanilla carefully.