Bread Pudding

Resurrected from the archives for Mardi Gras. Best bread pudding ever! No substitute for alcohol in the bourbon sauce, definitely NOT kid-friendly. This one is for the grown-ups. Originally posted 2005. ~Elise

This bread pudding recipe is based on one from the famed Bon Ton Cafe in New Orleans. My friend Becca has been making this bread pudding in her family for years and made us a batch for the holidays. The sauce is loaded with bourbon (Becca says the Bon Ton’s sauce has even more bourbon in it), so you might want to use somewhat less. My father still gets a dazed and happy look in his eyes when this bread pudding is mentioned.

Bread Pudding Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes 8-10 servings
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Ingredients

Bread Pudding:

  • 1 loaf French bread, at least a day old, cut into 1-inch squares (about 6-7 cups)
  • 1 qt milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins (soaked an hour or two in 1/4 cup bourbon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Bourbon Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey

Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place milk in a large mixing bowl and add the bread that has been cut into squares. Press the bread into the milk with your hands until all of the milk is absorbed.

2 In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the sugar, vanilla, allspice and cinnamon. Pour over the bread and milk mixture. Add the bourbon soaked raisins and gently stir to combine.

3 Pour the melted butter into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour the bread milk and egg mixture into the baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes, until the liquid has set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. Can also make in individual ramekins.

4 While the bread pudding is cooking, make the bourbon sauce. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan on low heat. Add the sugar and egg and whisk to blend well. Slowly cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, then remove from heat. Do not allow the mixture to simmer! (Or the sauce will curdle. By the way, if your sauce curdles, just take it off the heat and blend it smooth in a blender.) Whisk in bourbon to taste. Whisk again before serving. The sauce should be soft, creamy, and smooth.

Serve the bread pudding with bourbon whiskey sauce on the side; pour on to taste. Best fresh and eaten the day it is made.

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Bread Pudding

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  • SpaFlyer

    Elise, you just solved a family riddle for me! My mother has long, long made bread pudding with “whiskey bon ton sauce” when she had left over french bread (which sauce, incidentally, is fabulous over ice cream and pie). However, we never knew was bon ton meant. She waved her hand once and said “I don’t know, I think it’s a form of french or something.” This is nearly identical to her recipe, so she must have been making the Bon Ton’s pudding and sauce all these years without knowing the origin. Thank you! (and its delicious).

  • Mary Zemmama

    This was the first time I have ever made bread pudding and I must say the recipe was a hit! I brought it to a dinner party last night and everyone really loved it! Athough, since I didn’t have allspice I added one crushed clove. I also added a drop of almond extract too. I often have a french baguette that gets dried up and I toss it out. So, this is a wonderful alternative. Thank you so much for this really wonderful recipe!

  • melanie lambert

    This is the best bread pudding. It’s simple to make. It tasts great!

  • Alejandro Levins

    I made this last night with mostly leftover stollen and about 10% french bread. I reduced the sugar by about 25% It was perfect! Thanks for yet another wonderful recipe!

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