Golden Corral Bread Pudding

They make delicious bread at the Golden Corral, would their bread pudding be any different? Melted butter, milk, spices, and day-old bread make a creamy and filling dessert. Making this copycat recipe is so easy!

Copycat Golden Corral bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding at Golden Corral

Sink your teeth into a sweet dessert filled with flavor in every corner. Golden Corral is famous for its homemade bread, and their bread pudding is just as marvelous. There is nothing like it. But the good news is that it’s pretty simple to make at home.

Why This is the Bread Pudding Recipe to Try

This is one of the easiest recipes for bread pudding you will find. The most time-consuming part is making the vanilla sauce. After you make the sauce, just pour it on the cubes of French bread and bake it.

You should give this Golden Corral bread pudding recipe a shot!

What is bread pudding?

At the most basic level, bread pudding is a dessert made with stale bread, milk, and sugar. There are lots of varieties of bread pudding out there. Some people use cubed bread. Others add all sorts of mixins and different sauces.

Don’t be fooled by the name. Bread pudding doesn’t have the same texture as Jell-O pudding. It’s more like bread than a thick and creamy sauce.

Is bread pudding supposed to be soggy?

Yes, bread pudding is supposed to be soggy. Think of it like this: you are turning bread into a pudding. So it’s going to be a unique texture. It will be very soggy. The bread is drenched and cooked in a thick, creamy sauce.

What Type of bread should you use in bread pudding?

The thicker the bread, the better. I used thick slices of French bread. You can also chop up stale rolls or use brioche. The secret to the best bread pudding is using thick slices of bread, so buy an entire uncut loaf and slice it yourself.

What is in Golden Corral’s bread pudding?

Golden Corral serves their bread pudding with a sweet vanilla sauce. Here’s a list of the ingredients I used in my copycat version that tastes just like it:

  • French bread
  • Butter
  • Whole milk
  • Eggs
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
Bread, sugar, butter, and more to make bread pudding.

How to Make Golden Corral Bread Pudding

To make the bread pudding:

  1. Place the butter and milk in a small saucepan.
Milk and butter in a saucepan.
  1. Heat and scald the milk and butter together. Remove and set aside.
  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt to the beaten eggs. Stir to combine.
  4. When milk is cool enough, slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking to make sure that the egg mixture is incorporated without scrambling the eggs.
  5. Add bread cubes to the custard mixture and stir carefully.
  6. Place the bread mixture in a well-oiled baking dish.
  7. Bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes.
Copycat Golden Corral bread pudding before baking it.

To make the vanilla sauce:

  1. Place milk, butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a low boil for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove the vanilla sauce from the heat and cool for 5 minutes.

To serve the bread pudding:

  1. Pour half of the sauce on warm bread pudding.
  2. Place the remainder of the sauce in a serving bowl.
  3. Serve bread pudding with vanilla sauce.
Copycat Golden Corral bread pudding topped with vanilla sauce.

How do you know when bread pudding is done?

Since bread pudding is soggy, you can’t go by the texture. The bread won’t soak up all the sauce.

You can tell bread pudding is done when the edges of the bread turn a light brown color and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

How to Store Bread Pudding

You must store the bread pudding covered in the refrigerator. It will last up to 5 days. When you are ready to reheat it, it’s best heated in the oven. But you can also just put it in the microwave too.

Copycat Golden Corral bread pudding and vanilla sauce.

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Copycat Golden Corral bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

Golden Corral Bread Pudding

Golden Corral Bread Pudding with vanilla sauce is a delicious and popular dessert. Find out how to make it with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread pudding recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 392kcal


Bread Pudding

  • 3 cups cubed French bread
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Sauce

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt


Bread Pudding

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously coat the inside of an 8×11-inch baking dish with oil.
  • In a small saucepan, Scald milk and butter together. Remove and set aside. Beat eggs add brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. When milk is cool enough add egg mixture making sure that the egg mixture does not curdle.
  • Add bread cubes and stir carefully, do not beat. Pour the bread mixture into the well-oiled baking dish. Bake for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Vanilla Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Set aside for 5 minutes. Pour about 1/2 mixture on warm bread pudding and place the remainder of the sauce in a serving bowl for those who desire a little extra. Best served warm, but great at room temperature.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 273mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Ghulam Mohyudin

    5 stars
    It was perfect the first time. This is very really unique helpful information.I learn so much from you as well! Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information. Keep it up.

  2. Margarita

    Was at Golden Corral when cook was making bread pudding. She took their yummy yeast rolls and tore them apart into bowl added white stuff (milk sugar vanilla) and mixed it with gloved hands carefully so it would not fall apart added sugar cinnamon then transferred to sprayed baking pan covered with lid an put in oven.

  3. S

    I’m going to make this recipe. I will post an update.
    I’m also looking for K&W Cafeteria’s baked chicken recipe. Will you please help me find it?

  4. dogcomp

    I love GC’s bread pudding! So I had to give this a try. But I didn’t have the exact ingredients. I had to substitute Cobblestones cinnamon swirl bread, skim milk, Country Crocks country churn spread. I added an extra egg because of the skim milk. It turned out Great! Maybe not as good as GC’s but I still love it and will make it like this again for sure!

  5. sheila

    I was talking to the manager one day trying to bribe the recipe out of him and it was a no deal BUT, he did tell me that the bread pudding is made with their yummy fresh yeast rolls.

  6. Michael Cavinta

    Wow! Just by looking at the pictures really made me hungry. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe to us as I would surely give this one out a try. I looks like it would go well with a hot cup of coffee made from my new stovetop cappuccino maker at home. Kudos!

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