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Perfect Pairings: Discover the Best 7 Sides for Bread Pudding

Bread and Pudding – Yes, this is a pudding that is made out of stale bread and various flavourings.

This dessert is not as typical as other desserts, but it will make a great addition to your dessert menu.

However, Bread Pudding in itself is not the star of this article.

Instead, this page will give you some suggestions on what dishes go well with Bread Pudding.

So, are you interested in what to serve with Bread Pudding? You can find recipes for some of these dishes below.

Why Consider Serving Side Dishes with Bread Pudding?

why consider serving side dishes with bread pudding

Bread Pudding is a dessert made from bread that has been soaked in a mixture of milk and eggs.

The mixture is often added with other ingredients such as sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, raisins, or other dried fruit.

Once the bread has been soaked, it is then baked in an oven to create a custardy dish.

Despite being loved by many, it can be tricky to know what to serve with bread pudding, given the fact that it is a dessert itself.

For the best results, you should combine it with something that complements the flavors of the dish, such as something savory, spicy, sweet, or an umami flavor.

What to Serve with Bread Pudding? 7 BEST Side Dishes

Here is a list of side dishes that we have managed to gather.

You can try it out to find out which one works best for you.

1 – Sweetened Banana

sweetened banana

Starting the list is the Sweetened banana or the Minatamis na Saging Saba, as the Filipinos call it.

It makes a sweet addition to your Bread pudding.

It is quick to make and requires only sugar, banana slices, vanilla extract, and lemon peel to make.

You will need to add the sugar into a pot of boiling water.

Then add the banana, lemon peel, and vanilla and let it simmer.

Let it cool, and your Sweetened banana is ready.

Serve it on a plate with your Bread pudding or place a few pieces of sweetened banana on a slice of the pudding; either way, it will impress anyone with a sweet tooth.

2 – Meringue


Meringue makes an excellent dish to serve with Bread pudding.

They are light and fluffy, which makes the Bread pudding dessert more enjoyable for people to eat.

Meringues are simple and easy to make.

Just whip the egg whites and powdered sugar until they have a foamy consistency.

They can also be flavored with different ingredients such as vanilla extract, lemon juice, or a pinch of salt.

We have found that lemon flavored Meringue works best with a savory Bread pudding, while a vanilla meringue pairs with a sweeter Bread pudding.

3 – Air Fryer Apple Chips

air fryer apple chips

Apple chips makes for a fun snack time.

But it can also be served with your Bread pudding.

Surprised? This air fryer apple chips adds a crispiness to your meal.

Pair it with the Bread pudding for breakfast or lunch.

This air fryer apple chips are a great alternative to other regular chips as they are healthier and gluten free.

You will apples and cinnamon sugar to make this side.

Slice your favourite sweet apples into thin slices and toss them in cinnamon sugar.

Then air fry the apples and your chips is ready.

Air fryer apple chips makes a fun meal time.

You can crush the chips on top of the bread pudding.

You can also put scoops of the pudding onto the chips for a bite sized meal.

4 – Vanilla Ice cream

vanilla ice cream

Nothing is more satisfying than a dollop of ice cream slowly melting over a slice of pie or pudding.

Bread pudding hits differently when served with a scoop of the creamy vanilla ice cream.

You can easily get the vanilla ice cream from the market if you prefer.

But like every other food, homemade vanilla ice cream is always the best.

Take some whipping cream, milk, white sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla essence in a pot and bring it to a boil.

When the mixture is reduced to half, remove it from the flame, cover, and place it in the freezer till it sets.

Make the vanilla ice cream ahead of time and when the time comes, enjoy it with your Bread pudding.

5 – Mixed Berry Salad

mixed berry salad

Mixed berry salad is a delicious salad that can be eaten as a snack or dessert.

It also makes an excellent side for many dishes, including Bread pudding.

They are not just tasty; they also have many health benefits and are rich in antioxidants.

The salad is very easy to make.

You just need to mix the berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in a bowl.

Then drizzle over a generous amount of honey and lemon juice over the fruit bowl and toss it together.

This Mixed Berry Salad will give a bite of freshness to your Bread pudding.

6 – Homemade Whipped Cream

homemade whipped cream

It is easy to make whipped cream at home.

You just need some heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar.

All that is left is to whip it, which can be done with a whisk, a mixer, or even a blender.

The lightness and creaminess of a homemade whipped cream create harmony with each bite of your Bread pudding.

The simplicity of this pair is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Place a dollop of your homemade whipped cream over a slice of Bread pudding, and your plating is done.

And it goes well with any type of Bread pudding.

7 – Candied Walnut

candied walnut

Add a flavor of nuttiness to your Bread pudding with these Candied walnuts.

As a side, it adds a texture of crunchiness to your soft Bread pudding.

Candied Walnut is very easy to make and requires only two ingredients to assemble – Walnut and sugar.

However, we recommend replacing the sugar with Jaggery to make your side dish a healthier meal.

Walnuts are rich in nutrients such as antioxidants and omega-3, while Jaggery is packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, and other nutrients.

So, you can see it makes one healthy side dish.


We can never predict how the side dishes will match with the bread pudding without trying it out first.

One reason is that there are many ways to prepare bread pudding, and each will have its own distinct taste.

There is also the fact that different people use different bread types, which will give us a wide range of outcomes from sweet to savory.

With this thought in mind, we have provided you with a number of sides that we think will work well with Bread pudding.

We hope that these side dishes will be helpful to you in planning ahead for your next meal plans.

What to Serve with Bread Pudding? 7 BEST Side Dishes

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  • Sweetened Banana

  • Meringue

  • Air Fryer Apple Chips

  • Vanilla Ice cream

  • Mixed Berry Salad

  • Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Candied Walnut


  • Pick your favorite recipe from the article.
  • Organize your ingredients and utensils.
  • Follow the detailed instructions in the recipe to make your side dish.
  • Prepare and serve for delicious meal!

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