Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding

I’ve decided to go traditional or rather “retro” for this year’s Christmas dessert. I was craving some bread pudding which I used to have during my childhood days. 

I remember Amma making it at times and me waiting impatiently to get my hands on it :) As soon as the pudding comes out of appachembu (Amma used to steam it) I’ll get hold of a spoon and dig into it. The burnt tongue was a casualty I was willing to take for this good old dessert!

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So, I’ve tried something similar to that, but it’s still very much the traditional style bread pudding.

I’m a fan of Pineapple based desserts, so I tried to add this to it. This is a good old homely dessert. It makes you feel all warm and cozy and happy. That’s the kind of dessert I love during this time of the year.

I hope you get to try this and like it too.

We, Jose and Maria, wish you and your loved ones a Very Merry Christmas! May this Christmas season be filled with Joy, Happiness, and Peace! 

If you wanna check out more Christmas recipes, have a look here

Here is the recipe…

Please read the notes section before you proceed with the recipe.

Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding
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Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding

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Course: Bake, Dessert, Desserts
Keyword: Bread Pudding, Pineapple Bread Pudding, Dessert Recipes
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 10 slices Bread (I used regular white bread)
  • 3-4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Cups Milk (I used full fat)
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Grated nutmeg (optional)
  • 8 Pineapple rings (I used canned (refer notes)
  • 1 tbsp Rum (optional)
  • For Caramel
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (divided)


  • Preheat oven to 180 C, 10 mins before baking.
  • Take two 7 inch cake tins. Caramelise 1/4 cup of sugar (in each tin) with 1-2 tbsp water. Let it cool down. Divide the pineapple rings between the two tins.
    Step 1 Bread Pudding
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  • Spread butter on one side of the bread (refer notes). Cut the buttered bread slices into bite size pieces.
    Step 2 Bread Pudding
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  • Beat together eggs, milk, sugar (3/4 cup), vanilla extract and nutmeg (if using).
    Step 3 Bread Pudding
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  • Add Rum to this. Pour this over the bread cubes and let it soak for 15 – 20 mins.
    Step 4 Bread Pudding 1
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  • Divide the soaked bread between the two tins. Place baking tins into large baking pan. Pour hot water into the baking pan (being careful not to get any in baking tins) and fill water level to about halfway up the sides of the baking tins. Bake in preheated oven 35 – 40 minutes, until set but centers still jiggle slightly (bake time will vary based on the size of the tins used). Cool at room temperature and then transfer to the refrigerator to chill 3 hours (refer notes)
    Step 5 Bread Pudding
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I didnt remove the crusts from the bread. You can remove it, if you wish.
You can use fresh pineapple instead of canned ones. Also, if you like you can stew the pineapple. Instead of using the pineapple rings, you can use stewed pineapple as the base or you can distribute it between the bread pieces. 
You can either serve it warm or cold. Serve with some whipped cream or with this Vanilla sauce.
If you are not using aluminium tins for baking the pudding, caramelise sugar in another pan and coat the baking tin accordingly. 
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