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Bread pudding

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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.

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  1. Probably just needed to bake longer. It will puff up when done, then fall back down when you take it out of the oven.

    1. 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.

      1. Thanks for your kind replies!