Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce

bread pudding with bourbon sauce
Kentucky bread pudding with rich bourbon sauce. Diana Rattray
    55 mins
Ratings (5)

This wonderful bread pudding is one of the Beaumont Inn's favorite desserts. The warm bourbon sauce makes the perfect topping.

"This is a favorite at our Sunday Brunch." — Chef Nick Sundberg, Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

I doubled the amount of cinnamon in the recipe. Add even more, if you like. I didn't have buttermilk when I made this so I used evaporated milk, and I made the sauce with half brown sugar and Lyle's Golden Syrup instead of corn syrup. See the tips and variations for more substitution ideas.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound French bread (the firmer the better)
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • Bourbon Sauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (or more)
  • 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

How to Make It

Heat the oven to 350 F.

Butter a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

Tear bread into medium pieces. Put the bread in a large bowl and add the granulated sugar and cinnamon.

Mix milk, lightly beaten eggs, and vanilla. Add to bread mixture. Spoon half of the mixture into the baking dish.

Sprinkle with the pecans and raisins, if used. Top with the rest of the mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Serve warm with bourbon sauce (below).

Bourbon Sauce

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the 1 cup of granulated sugar with 6 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1 tablespoon of bourbon, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of white corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Bring the sauce mixture to a boil. Continue boiling for 1 minute. 
  • If desired, strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve. 
  • Serve the sauce warm drizzled over the bread pudding.
  • Tips and Variations
  • Use dried cranberries instead of raisins, or make it with currants or chocolate chips.
  • Replace the pecans with chopped walnuts.

Reader Comments

"Best Bread Pudding EverEasy to make and gets rave reviews. I substituted Challah bread for the French bread and added extra pecans, (no raisins). Bourbon sauce gives this dessert amazing flavor." — G.R.

"I used your guidelines and instead of bread, I add Italian Panettone. Instead of milk, I added eggnog. I did not have pecans so I used sliced almonds. Let's put it this way. My diet is no longer and I am in love. Thank you so much for your recipe !!!!" I.M.

"I'm sorry I didn't make the bread pudding. I was looking for a sauce to put on my bread pudding recipe. I didn't have any bourbon so I used rum instead. It was fabulous!!!!! It keeps in fridge for a week and is good on anything!!! Thanks for the recipe and I will try the bread pudding next." — Karen

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