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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bourbon Bread Pudding


A couple of weeks ago, I had decided to make a scrumptious dessert for the Clayton clan. I had previously done this before (Christmas time) and it was considered a resounding success. There's something about bread pudding that just...well its just damn good. It is one of those type of desserts that is both sweet and makes you feel good all over. Now keep in mind, you might want to cheat and buy yourself some french bread, but I prefer to have a fresh bread to this recipe (Making French Bread).

My grandmother used to make a capirotada (mexican bread pudding). This was different as it was more of a savory dish that included pecans, cheese, carrot shavings and raisins. Personally, it wasn't my favorite, but I still have fond memories of when she would do this for the whole family when everyone (and I mean everyone) would come to visit. Ahh...childhood! Maybe I will make it sometime soon in order to share! :)

For this recipe, I actually loved Emeril's Bread Pudding with Bourbon sauce. I did tweek this quite a bit as it doesn't call for raisins (as well as a couple of other changes that I made. Don't get me wrong, I do like to follow a recipe "to the T", but (and I have said this before) it's ok to make changes if you need to.


12 to 14 cups French bread
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 cups whole milk
6 large eggs
1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
5 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
1 recipe Bourbon Sauce, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your pan with the butter. Normally, you would use a large 9x13 casserole dish. I am using a disposable pan and once its is sufficiently covered, I place off to the side.

Combine with a whisk the heavy cream, milk, and eggs in a large bowl.


Next add all of the spices to the liquid mixture.Whisk assuring that the spices mix well.


Pour the cream mixture over the bread, and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for about 35 minutes. Notice that I have placed all of the bread mixture in a disposable pan. Some of you know how I am all about making it easy for the cook. Using those disposable pans are great. Just throw away and you are done!

Before you place into the oven, add the raisins to your bread mixture. I personally like to have golden raisins. They are a little sweeter than regular raisins. Once you have added them, place into the oven allowing to cook and set, for about 50 minutes.

Now you will have time to make the Whiskey Sauce.

Whiskey Sauce:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup bourbon or other whiskey
Pinch salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter

In a 1-quart saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and sugar. Place the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the bourbon in a small mixing bowl and whisk to blend and make a slurry. Pour the slurry into the cream mixture and bring to a boil. Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, add the salt, and stir in the butter and the remaining 1/2 cup of bourbon.

Mind you, this is a large batch...so enjoy it with a group of friends!


  1. Wow, that looks delicious, Ismael. I'm normally not a huge fan of bread pudding, but all of those spices and the bourbon sauce really sounds appealing. I think I would need to invite over a whole passel of people to help me eat it ;)

  2. I know...you are so spot on...I don't care for bread pudding too, but you know...you have to please that special someone sometimes...and this is one of em.. :)

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this with Made with Love Mondays, Izzy. I hate to be a fussy about this, but to be fair to other contributors, the "French Bread" in your recipe would be considered a "finished" ingredient per the challenge guidelines. Can you provide a link to the recipe used for making the French bread or include a recipe in this post for this bread? Thanks so much...

    1. Hey there...Hope you got the update and links...Thanks for the input. Greatly appreciated!! :)