A pan of warm bread pudding transforms day-old bread -- plus eggs and cream -- into an indulgence. This version has Creole roots, with cubes of baguette and a sauce that's flavored by a healthy dose of bourbon.

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Ingredients

For the Bread Pudding
For the Whiskey Sauce

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat bourbon in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until warm. Pour over raisins in a small bowl; let stand at least 1 hour or overnight.

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  • To make whiskey sauce: bring cream to a simmer over medium heat in a small saucepan. Whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water; slowly whisk into cream. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sugar and bourbon. Set aside and let cool completely.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together bread, milk, and cream in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and allspice in a medium bowl; add to bread mixture. Stir in raisins and bourbon.

  • Melt butter in an 8-inch square baking dish in oven. Remove from oven, and swirl to coat bottom of dish. Pour in bread mixture, distributing raisins evenly. Bake until bread cubes are browned around edges and custard is cooked, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with whiskey sauce.

Reviews (5)

61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2018
Excellent recipe. Indeed, it is heavy on the bourbon and we like it like that -- we tend to get a mild buzz off of it each time we have a serving. I, too, swapped in cranberries instead of raisins. The whiskey sauce is delicious but I may also try making a whiskey custard to serve with it instead.
Rating: Unrated
02/19/2012
Fantastic dessert. Heavy on the bourbon flavor.
Rating: Unrated
11/23/2008
I adore this and make it every single year for Thanksgiving. Now it is tradition. My family LOVES it. I use dried cranberries instead of raisins since I hate them. It is the most delicious dessert and the whiskey sauce is great in coffee too.
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Rating: Unrated
01/29/2008
This was GREAT!! simple, easy and DELICIOUS!! i didn't like the whisky sauce too much and i might just serve it with a simple plain custard sauce in the future. i also substitued shaved almonds for the raisins as my family is not a big fan of raisins and it work out well.
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2008
This was fantastic. I used golden raisins and added silvered almonds. It was quick and easy to make. I will certainly put this in my dessert rotation!