Star Anise Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is great served warm, but it's good at room temperature, too. We cut each piece into four squares, then stacked them for a dramatic presentation.


9 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Nutritional Information

Calories 284
Caloriesfromfat 23 %
Fat 7.1 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 10.1 g
Carbohydrate 45.3 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Cholesterol 104 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Sodium 220 mg
Calcium 129 mg


2 cups whole milk
6 star anise
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
12 (1-ounce) slices cinnamon-raisin bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream (such as Healthy Choice)


Combine the milk and star anise in a small, heavy saucepan. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat; cover and steep 20 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl; discard star anise. Add 1/2 cup sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and eggs; stir with a whisk. Gently stir in bread. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the mixture evenly with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve each piece warm with 1/4 cup ice cream.