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Instant Pot Bread Pudding with Pecan Caramel Glaze

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This Instant Pot Bread Pudding with Pecan Caramel Glaze is perfect to make in your Instant Pot. The bread pudding stays moist and delicious and is topped with a sweet and nutty pecan caramel glaze.

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Is bread pudding a breakfast or dessert, that is the question! Well I say both! This recipe came about because I really wanted to make dessert in my Instant Pot. I had already made this New York Cheesecake, my Carrot Cake Cheesecake, and now I wanted to try pecan pie in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. 

So one night, I went to experimenting….and after I made the batter for my pecan pie and put it in the Instant Pot, I fell asleep. First, let me say that I do not recommend falling asleep while doing any form of cooking.

Secondly, let me say that I am so glad that I was baking in my Instant Pot rather than any other device. I woke up and found that my Instant Pot had been natural releasing for 7 hours…but my home and my family were ok. I dumped that pie out and decided to try for another day.

A few days later, I noticed I still had a ton of pecans in the pantry but I now was craving bread pudding. So it dawned on me, combine both desserts and live my best life. So I did, it was amazing, and I am sharing the recipe.

How to Make Bread Pudding in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

This bread pudding has about 3 seperate layers, the bread pudding, a pecan pie glaze, and a caramel pecan glaze on top.

First, you whisk together milk, heavy cream, lightly beaten eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Set aside.

liquid ingredients mixed together in bowl for instant pot bread pudding

Then grab a larger bowl and break a loaf of challah bread into 2 inch pieces. If you can’t find Challah, Brioche or even Texas Toast would be a fine substitute.

Pour the milk mixture over the pieces of bread and softly toss, ensuring that all of the pieces of the bread are covered. Set aside and allow the bread to soak up all of the milk mixture for at least 1 hour. Some people soak bread pudding over night, an hour is good enough for this recipe.

challah bread soaked with milk mixture for instant pot bread pudding

When there is about 10 minutes left of soaking, whisk together dark corn syrup, lightly beaten eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract in a bowl.  Toss in chopped pecans into this mixture.

pecan glaze mixture in a bowl

When ready, grab a 7 inch pan (I used the bottom of this Instant Pot Steamer Insert) and grease all sides with butter. Add a layer of soaked bread on the bottom, then add about ½ cup of the pecan glaze mixture, then more bread, and continue until the top layer is a layer of pecan glaze. Lightly cover pan with foil and place in Instant Pot.

instant pot bread pudding in pan before being baked

My steamer basket comes with an insert that makes it easy to place the pan into the Instant Pot and easy to take it out. If you don’t have a pan, you could always create a foil sling to place the pan in the pot. Or you could use this oxo bakeware sling.

instant pot bread pudding covered with foil inside instant pot

Cover and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, with a natural release of 15 minutes, and then manually release the remaining pressure.

Once done, open Instant Pot and remove bread pudding and foil. It should look like this.

instant pot bread pudding before caramel glaze

Meanwhile, create your top layer, pecan caramel glaze, by placing a heavy bottom saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk together butter, corn syrup, sugar, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt. Allow mixture to come to boil and reduce heat to medium. Allow mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test your glaze to see if it coats the back of a spoon. If it does, it’s done and you can remove from the heat. Stir in chopped pecans.

back of spoon after dipping in caramel glaze

Pour Glaze over bread pudding and Enjoy 🙂

Hope you enjoy this bread pudding as much as we do. Until next time 🙂

Looking for more Instant Pot Dessert Recipes? Try my  Instant Pot Carrot Cake Cheesecake or these Instant Pot Chocolate Cake Bites.


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Instant Pot bread Pudding with Pecan Caramel Glaze

This Instant Pot Bread Pudding with Pecan Caramel Glaze is perfect to make in your Instant Pot. The bread pudding stays moist and delicious and is topped with a sweet and nutty pecan glaze. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot bread pudding
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Tanya


Bread Pudding Base

  • 1 loaf challah bread cut into large 1 inch pieces
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pecan Glaze

  • ¾ cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Caramel Pecan Glaze

  • 4 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


Prepare bread pudding base

  • Place challah bread in a large bowl, set aside. Whisk milk, heavy cream, eggs, granulated sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl. Pour milk mixture over challah bread and lightly toss to ensure bread pieces are fully covered. Set aside and allow to sit for 1 hour.

Prepare Pecan Glaze

  • Whisk together brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, and pecans. Set aside.
  • Grease a 7 inch bake pan (or springform pan) with butter. Add a layer of your bread pudding base, then a layer of pecan glaze, and so on until the bake pan is full, finishing with a layer of pecan glaze on top.
  • Pour 1 cup of water in bottom of Instant Pot. 
  • Place bread pudding in Instant Pot with bakeware sling or foil sling on top of trivet. Cover and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow pressure to natural release for 15 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove bread pudding from the Instant Pot and set aside.

Prepare caramel glaze

  • Place a heavy bottom saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk together butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Allow mixture to come to boil and reduce heat to medium and allow mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test your glaze to see if it coats the back of a spoon. If it does, remove pan from the heat. Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Pour caramel glaze over finished bread pudding. 




  • Your bread pudding is done when a knife that’s entered into the pudding comes out clean (or mostly clean). To be 100% sure, grab a Quick Read Thermometer and check to make sure the center is 160 degrees.
  • If you can’t find challah, brioche bread works fine. Brioche bread is a tad bit sweeter so you may need to adjust the sugar when substituting.
  • You can serve this recipe with or without the last caramel glaze. I love it with it and think the extra effort in the stove is totally worth it.

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Mary Meyer

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

Can this bread pudding be made without the instant pot. Baking in the oven? I don't have an instant pot, but think this sounds like the best bread pudding recipe I have ever seen.


Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Hi Mary, yes it can. I'd bake it in the oven on 350F for about 40 minutes. You will want to make sure to cover the pan with foil initially so the pecans on top don't burn in the oven.


Monday 21st of December 2020

Hello! This recipe looks delicious, and my daughter, who isn't big on frosted birthday cakes, wanted this for her 9th birthday. I wanted to double the recipe and use my larger instant pot with a stainless mixing bowl I have (which easily fits inside). It is 8 inches across and about 4 inches deep with straight sides. Do you think this will fit a double recipe? Will I have to adjust the cooking time at all? Also, will French bread work with this recipe, and should I soak it overnight if I use French bread as a substitute? Thanks in advance!


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Hi Betsy, french bread should work fine. Soaking it overnight may get it a little too mushy so I'd still just give it an hour soak. Maybe 2 if the bread still seems hard. I haven't doubled this recipe yet but I'm sure it would work fine. It sounds like your pan will fit double the recipe just fine. I would increase the cook time by about 5 minutes.


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

This looks delicious. A question: could I substitute golden syrup for corn syrup?


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Hi Leslie, I've never used golden syrup but I think it should work fine in this recipe.


Friday 24th of July 2020

I just got a NinjaFoodi and thought this recipe looked yummy. It turned out great...yet to be tasted! A few comments for beginners like me... A 7 inch pan Is fairly small. I had to use my smallest Corning round casserole dish. I was worried about putting it into the pressure cycle so, did a bit of research about how to use the “pot in pot” technique. According to the experts, in order to pressure cook, you must have liquid in the pot, therefore, need to put a cup of water in the pot and set the dish on a trivet or rack. I did this and it worked great. Disappointingly, this tip was not included in the recipe. I definitely recommend purchasing the silicone sling for lifting. It will also double as the trivet. You won’t know you need it until you need it! I am looking forward to trying new “My Forking Life” recipes in my NinjaFoodie. PS...this recipe is enough for two 7 inch pans.


Saturday 25th of July 2020

Thank you for the feedback Judith :)

Donna Blackwell

Thursday 20th of February 2020

I made this instant pot bread pudding and it is heavenly.


Thursday 20th of February 2020

Thank you Donna :) I agree, this bread pudding is one of my favorites :)