Cooks traditionally serve old-fashioned bread pudding with one of several toppings, including whipped cream, vanilla sauce, maple syrup or whiskey sauce. Vanilla custard, heavy cream or vanilla ice cream are also appropriate additions.
Old-fashioned bread pudding recipes typically contain raisins, eggs, milk, white sugar, and cinnamon or nutmeg. Certain recipes call for soft bread, while others use stale slices. Sometimes recipes instruct cooks to remove bread crusts.
Once the cook has combined all the ingredients except the topping, many recipes call for the mixture to stand for several minutes to soak all bread cubes thoroughly. The dish bakes at a relatively low temperature -- 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit -- for 40 to 50 minutes.