I made my first attempt at making bread pudding last night with less than stellar results. I followed the recipe to the letter. It was a recipe from "How to cook everything". After sixty minutes, the bread puddings' top was perfect, but what lied beneath was a mushy mess. Why didn't it bake properly? I set the oven at 350, but my 8 in dish in another dish of warm water. What gives? Was it me? my oven?. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Probably just needed to bake longer. It will puff up when done, then fall back down when you take it out of the oven.
I have made this and it has been good, but I find that it needs to cook longer, at least 15 minutes, sometimes 1/2 hour. This is often true of his recipes, I find. Also, was the pan of water underneath warm, as you say, or hot? I start with boiling water.
This recipe does work with the above caveats and is luscious in my experience, so try again.