Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

It’s no secret that I love my pressure cooker. Now even more… makes breakfast!! Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding!

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

I was thinking about making french toast in my pressure cooker, which I understand is also called an Insta-Pot. Dig the name!! But, I wasn’t up for sweet,I wanted savory. And I had a couple of things in the frig to use up. Some ham and mushrooms, so savory it was.

I found brioche bread at of all places, Wal Mart….I know right? Anyway I gave it a try. For a truly outstanding bread pudding, brioche is the bread you want. This type of bread is rich, buttery, and slightly sweet…and it will soak up a cream mixture like a sponge.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

Sautéed mushrooms and onions and diced ham were added to the egg. Next, add cream(half and half) mixture, a bit of swiss cheese,and pour over the brioche to soak in.

Some recipes call for the mixture to soak overnight. I did not do this, but I am sure it would not hurt. It would be great for a “make ahead” breakfast.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

Find a pan that fits into your pressure cooker, a.k.a. Insta-Pot. I used a cake pan that was about 3 inches deep. My bread mixture was poured into the pan…sprayed with cooking spray.

I made a sling out of tin foil, so removing the pan would be easy. Just a length of foil folded over twice. Water in the bottom of the Insta-Pot (I’m loving that name), a rack in the bottom, and your cake pan lowered in with your homemade sling.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

Set the pot to high pressure, and while its cooking, make the dijon sauce. This sauce was super easy, just whisk together the ingredients and warm. It was the perfect accompaniment for the bread pudding. The bread pudding was delicious on its own, but the sauce added something.

After a quick release of the Insta-Pot……please make sure the pressure has totally released before you try to remove the lid……remove the pan with your sling. Top with a bit more swiss cheese and place under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

Scoop out the bread pudding and top with the dijon sauce. Garnish with parsley if ya wanna be fancy!! Which I usually do…

So, break out the Insta-Pot and make your family a nice Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding this weekend!!

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Pressure Cooker Breakfast Bread Pudding

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 114.1 ounce loaf brioche bread, cubed
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in skillet. Add mushrooms and onions and sauté until browned. Add ham and cook for 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  2. Spray 7×3” cake pan, or similar glass or metal baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, making sure it will fit in your pressure cooking pot.
  3. Prepare a foil sling to lift your pan from the pressure cooking pot. Take a 18” strip of foil and fold it lengthwise twice.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar,milk, beaten eggs, 1/2 cup of the swiss cheese, salt and pepper. Mix in cubed bread and ham, mushroom, onion mixture. Let rest until the bread absorbs the milk.(Just a few minutes) Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  5. Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooking pot and place the rack in the bottom. Center the pan on the foil sling and lower it into the pressure cooker.
  6. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker, and do a quick pressure release to release the pressure. Carefully remove lid.
  7. Remove dish from pressure cooking pot and top with remaining swiss cheese. Place dish under the broiler to brown up the top, if desired.
  8. Sauce:
  9. In small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a small sauce pan and heat until just warm.


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