How to Reheat Bread Pudding
When properly made, bread pudding is one of the most comforting foods you can serve in your table. Great as a dessert, a snack, or as part of a meal itself, a nice, warm pudding is great for awakening the senses. However, you cannot bake pudding all the time, so the best compromise is to reheat a previously-prepared one. The good news is that when properly done, bread pudding tends to retain its freshness well after reheating. The process is also much simpler than you think. Here is a walkthrough on how to reheat bread pudding.
You can reheat bread pudding using a traditional oven. By far, this is the traditional way of doing it. It may take more effort, but the main advantage of using an oven is that it heats your pudding more evenly and this method tends to retain moisture much better. So this is how to reheat your bread pudding using an oven.
- Preheat- Preheating is a necessary step to ensure even heating. It is recommended that you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F for about 5 to 10 minutes. While preheating, it is recommended that you take out the pudding first, as placing it cold from the fridge can potentially break the container while heating.
- Heat- Cover the container with foil to prevent drying or burning. This will also ensure even heating. You can heat the pudding for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the amount. Once done heating, remove from the oven and serve immediately.
An alternative to using the oven is using the microwave. Many go for the microwave because of the convenience it offers. You only need to press a few buttons to start heating, and you won’t need any preheating to do it. Setting the amount of time needed is a little tougher, as heating power of different microwave ovens tend to differ. Generally speaking, it takes 2 to 10 minutes to heat bread pudding in a microwave, depending on the pudding’s size.
- Heat- As mentioned earlier, there’s no need for preheating so this is more or less a one-step affair. Make sure to place your bread pudding in a microwave-safe container. Do NOT use foil as it can damage your microwave oven. For faster, more efficient heating, it is also recommended that you only heat the amount of pudding that you will consume. Heating them in sliced portions can also speed up heating time.
Regardless of whether you are going to use an oven or a microwave, there are some general tips you can use to ensure that you get good-quality pudding every single time. Here are some tips that will ensure great reheated pudding with zero trouble.
- Bread pudding stored in the refrigerator will retain optimal moisture for up to 4 days. It will stay safe to eat for about a week. As a rule, it is best to reheat your pudding within this window period for maximum freshness.
- You can store bread pudding at the freezer for up to 3 months. However, you got to plan in advance when you’re going to reheat it. It is recommended that you thaw the pudding overnight at the refrigerator before reheating it. To determine if your pudding has adequately thawed, just insert a skewer or knife in the pudding; it should penetrate smoothly.
- There are different techniques you can use to minimize the drying effect while in storage. Tightly cover the container with a plastic wrap when storing in the refrigerator and use foil when storing in the freezer. However, if your pudding has totally dried out, you can make up for it by adding sauce or cream.
That is the process on how to reheat bread pudding. This goes to show that it’s not very hard to enjoy a warm serving of pudding when you need it.