Q. My wife and I live alone, so when we make desserts we find that there’s always a lot leftover. One dessert I make quite frequently is bread pudding because it’s a simple way to use leftover bread. My wife will eat a slice, but she doesn’t enjoy it as much as I do, so there’s often half a pudding leftover. I typically end up throwing it out because it’s too much for me to finish on its own. I would like to be able to make and store some bread pudding for later, instead of wasting so much of it every time. Can you freeze bread pudding?
A. Yes, you can freeze bread pudding, as long as you have not poured any sauce over it. Most bread pudding recipes call for a separate sauce to pour over the top to make the pudding moist and soft. While the sauce is an integral part of the recipe, it will make your frozen bread pudding a soggy mess. So, when you make your bread pudding, be sure to keep the sauce on the side so that you can freeze any leftovers with success.
How to freeze bread pudding?
Begin by preparing your bread pudding according to your favourite recipe. If you choose, you could always split the recipe in half before cooking and freeze half to bake later. Simply double wrap the unbaked bread pudding and place it in a freezer bag. Seal and label the bag, then place in the freezer for later. When ready, bake from frozen allowing some extra time to the usual baking period.
To freeze cooked bread pudding, double wrap the bread pudding in plastic wrap. It may help to place it in a smaller container than the one it was baked in. Place the wrapped bread pudding in a freezer bag or a hard freezer-safe container. Label and date the package and place it in the freezer. The sauce can also be frozen in a separate container, or you can make a fresh batch of sauce when ready to use the bread pudding.
To thaw, place the bread pudding in the fridge until thawed through, then reheat in the oven. Frozen bread pudding can be reheated directly from frozen as well. For best results, reheat in an oven rather than a microwave to maintain the proper texture. Consume within 24 hours for best results.