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New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

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You'll feel like you're in the middle of Bourbon Street when you hear the cheers for your New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Do it! Make dessert a Mardi Gras!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 loaf French bread, broken into pieces (approximately 9 cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Pour milk into a large bowl; add bread, crushing with the back of a spoon, and soak until all milk is absorbed. Add 3 whole eggs, 2 cups sugar, vanilla, and raisins; mix well. Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until firm and golden.
  4. Before serving, in a medium saucepan, combine the butter, evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, and egg yolk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in bourbon then serve sauce warm over bread pudding.

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Best bread pudding ever. My husband from NO said it tasted like the pudding he use to get from a famous hotel in the French Quarter. I added 1 can fruit cocktail and used a 8" pan, turned out fine. Thank you Mr Food.

This is without a doubt the best tasting bread pudding to cross my lips. Well worth the effort. As far as pan size goes, it depends on the size of the loaf of French bread you purchase. French bread loaves are not sold in standard sizes like white or wheat bread typically is. If the baking dish seems too full when you pour the ingredients into it, you may wish to go to a 9 inch x 9 inch baking dish. In that case, I would think the total baking time would be slightly less. Other than sipping a little, I cannot think of a better use for a little Jim Beam!

Although I had to use a bigger pan, this recipe was totally awesome! It was the 1st time I ever made homemade bread pudding. I made it for Christmas dinner and I was shocked but happy when there was none leftover.

Has ANYONE actually made this recipe??? I'm wondering if a 8" square pan is big enough. If people have negative comments, look some where else for a recipe and don't make this one. If you don't have something nice to say then don't say anything at all.

I have made this exact recipe and it is wonderful. You will need a bigger pan though.

There is no recipe that I have found that says YOU HAVE to put this much sugar or anything else in...If too much for you...cut down...and no guilt feelings...relax and enjoy..

I think you have lot's of yummy food!!!!!

I don't have a rating. I have a questioin about the amount of Bread??? With the bakery's DOWN SIZING their bread. Could it be possible to have a amount of bread by the CUP??? Sure would help me. Thank You, CB

I had the same question. I'm new to this site -- how to you get an answer? thanks ......

Great question, thank you for asking! We took an average-sized loaf of French bread, broke it into pieces and not only measured it, but weighed it as well. We found that the loaf weighed approximately 1 pound prior to tearing it and it measured approximately 9 cups of bread after it had been torn. Thank you for the question and enjoy!

I'm from New Orleans. There's a Brennan family restaurant on Canal Street right outside the French Quarter that makes "White Chocolate Bread Pudding!" The Brennan family has a lot of NO restaurants like Commander's Palace, Brennan's etc. Oh, on the French Bread...use it a bit stale...soaks up everything much better.

I can't seem to be able to get New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon put in my Recipe Box - why???? Thanx BC

acb39470 Please email me copy of your recipe, my husband loves bread pudding!!


what can i use instead of bourbon??

I have used rum in the sauce in a very similar recipe. It is really good.

Also, any whiskey can be used.

If you don't want the alcohol you could use rum flavoring.

acb39470...I'd appreciate a copy of your bread pudding recipe

If you go to the search box in the upper right and do a search for bread pudding, there are several to choose from.

To abc39470 0266580, I would love to have your recipe for Bread Pudding. Tried to e-mail you, but your address would not work. I would really appreciate the recipe. Thanks

To acb39470 0266580, I would love to have your recipe. Have been looking to duplicate my Mom's recipe. Speaking of old-fashioned comfort desserts, does anyone have a recipe for rice pudding that you do not cook at all on the stove, but entirely in the oven?

To acb 39470 0266580 I would love your recipe for bread pudding and sauce

To acb39470 0266580 re Bread pudding; i would like the sauce receipes

I made this recipe for a church breakfast. It was a big hit. Everyone wanted the recipe. I did change the 3 cups of sugar to 1 1/2 cup splenda to save on calories. I will make it again. I also used less sugar in the sauce.

Did you notice that only 2 cups of the sugar go into the pudding and the third cup is for the sauce?

I have to agree with most everybody who has made a comment re: the 3 cups of sugar, which I also believe is too much.

I have a recipe that I have used since (as all us southerners will say )that we have used since before the storm and a lemon sauce and a rum sauce recipe-if you'd like a copy I can send you a copy of it or get where you can find it online. if so, reply to me and just put bread pudding recipe in subject and I will send it to you

To acb 39470 0266580 I would love your recipe for bread pudding and sauce

Has anyone noticed that only 2 cups go into the pudding and the third cup is for the sauce?

I agree with those who say that three cups of sugar is too much. I have substituted three cups of bourbon for the sugar and it came out great.

Love your comment. Still laughing!

going to try YOUR recipe! haha to funny

I'll drink to that

can splenda be used instead of regular sugar

i want to make the bread pudding but can i omit the bourbon? i am allergic to alcohol

The alcohol burns off in the cooking...only the flavor remains so don't be afraid of making any recipe with alcohol as long as it is cooked.

I have been looking at many of your recipes and they are not heart healthy. Too much sugar, too much butter, etc. etc.

You are "FREE" to modify these recipes, I do on a few of them, but if you don't like the healthiness of these recipes, please look for a website that boasts heart healthy foods. Not EVERY recipe will be or should be no fat, salt, sugar etc..... Good hunting to you.

If you want 'healthy' recipes go to a site that has diabetic recipes. Better yet, go to a vegan website. If you want meat and sweets you don't really want 'healthy'.

I make Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce using the Southern Living Cookbook recipe, and it is a little different from this one, although it does call for the same amount of sugar as well as the same amount of French Bread and milk in the pudding part of the recipe. My recipe also calls for 1/4 cup of butter in the pudding, which probably offsets the sweetness a little. It is a delicious recipe, and considering the rave reviews when I have served this dessert, I don't believe that anyone has ever considered it to be too sweet. My sauce calls for 1/2 cup of sugar to 1 cup of whipping cream, which is less than this posted recipe.

sure is alot of sugar ..boy u be making appt at dentist office the next

drozdibob, i thought the same thing. That's way too much sugar I think. I love bread pudding too, but I'm not sure I'll try this one.

I love bread pudding but 3 cups of sugar sounds like way too much in a bread pudding that bakes up in an 8 x 8, even if 1 cup is used on sauce.....


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