11 ways to turn stale bread into bread-and-butter pudding Posted by TASTE on 10 May 2017 Share this story A good bread and butter pudding can’t be rushed. Plus, it’s frugal cooking at its best. Top tips for the ultimate bread-and-butter pudding: It’s best to use stale bread! Fresh bread can result in too soggy a pud. Allow the bread to soak for 20 minutes before you pop it in the oven. Discover more dessert recipes here.