New Orleans Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

Hello gorgeous Bread Pudding!  Why do you visit so seldomly?

So simple and humble, so comforting and delightful, yet always leaving my family and guests with united sighs of “m-mmm’s and a-hhh’s” on top of tears of gratitude and joy for your rare presence on the table.

Praise the heavens above for the simplicity and deliciousness of this New Orleans Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce!  Simple cake or humble pie, you are not, dear decadent and sinfully rich BREAD PUDDING!

You are comforting, satisfying, and cruelly fattening at the same time . . . you, bread pudding, are a killer dessert!  With caramel in the whiskey sauce drizzled on top, you will lead anyone to have an epiphany on a mountain!

YOU.ARE.JUST.THAT.GOOD . . . quite simply one of the best desserts. EVER! 

No longer do I need to go to an eatery to enjoy your simple, humble delicious soft sweetness . . . I can make you in my own kitchen!  And even better, I can share you too!

Now a few words of culinary wisdom advice:  When making bread pudding, use hefty bread such as Italian, French, ciabatta or sourdough . . . and make sure it is at least 1 – 2 days old and dried out.  Yes, you heard that right, this heft and dryness gives the bread pudding greater integrity in depth and prevents the bread pudding from resulting in a sloppy, soupy mess!

The rich vanilla custard sauce makes this bread pudding sing along with creating crispy, golden edges from baking.  You pour the custard on top of the bread cubes just to the point of looking OVER-saturated.   And that’s a good thing – you want this puppy to be super-moist with creamy, cinnamon-y goodness!  To top this recipe off is a sinful quality gained from the addition of caramel in the whiskey sauce . . . taking it far over other bread pudding recipes.

Another great bennie to making bread pudding is that you don’t have to look very far outside of your everyday pantry ingredients to make this luscious, yet humble dessert:  sugar, milk, cream, vanilla, bread, eggs . . . oh and yes, SOME BOOZE!

Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

golden baked bread pudding hot out of the oven!

Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

caramel takes a whiskey sauce to a higher level of yumminess!

Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

simple sweet perfection!

I am so IN LOVE!  What could be more inviting to your family and guest than this rich and inviting bread pudding?

Your family and guests will in fact believe you to be a monster for having the audacity to prepare this and ruin their weight-loss progress!  Trust me, they won’t refuse!  They’ll just curse you, yet thank you for blowing their diet in a wonderful way!  Their word of mouth about your cooking will give you a (great) reputation, I assure you!

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

What You Need:

    For The Bread Pudding:
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup whiskey (for soaking the raisins)
  • 1-½ loaf of day-old Italian, French, ciabatta or sourdough bread
  • 1-½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 5 jumbo eggs
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • For The Caramel Whiskey Sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup whiskey (bourbon or rum)

Instructions

    For The Bread Pudding:
  • Soak the raisins in 1 cup of whiskey (bourbon or rum) and set overnight.
  • Drain the excess whiskey from the raisins the next day.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter a large 10 X 13" baking pan.
  • Lay one third of the bread cubes on the bottom of the pan, pack them in; try not to leave any big holes.
  • Sprinkle half of the raisins.
  • Lay a second layer of bread cubes, again as packed down as possible.
  • Sprinkle the other half of the raisins.
  • Layer the last third of bread cubes, tightly.
  • Make The Custard:
  • In a large mixing bowl, milk, heavy cream, eggs, white and brown sugars, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract.
  • Blend well with a hand-held mixer.
  • Assembly:
  • Press the bread crumbs down with a flat spatula.
  • Pour the custard all over the bread crumbs and raisins, covering thoroughly.
  • Let this sit for 30 - 40 minutes!
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven until the center is cooked, approximately 70 minutes (more if it isn't firm enough, use aluminum foil on top of the pudding half-way through baking in order to prevent burning).
  • While the bread pudding is baking in the oven, make the caramel whiskey sauce.
  • Prepare Caramel Whiskey Sauce:
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and whiskey (bourbon or rum) to make a 'slurry' and set aside.d
  • In a small saucepan, combine the white and brown sugars, butter, water, and cinnamon.
  • Cook until an amber-colored caramel sauce forms, about 10 minutes. Do not boil, set aside. (If the caramel color is not dark enough for you, add about a 1 - 2 tablespoons of molasses.)
  • In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine the cream, milk, butter, egg, vanilla extract and 'slurry'.
  • Heat well and then add the caramel mixture.
  • Bring the entire caramel whiskey sauce to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 - 10 minutes until nicely thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve both the bread pudding and caramel whiskey sauce WARM.
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Oh WAIT, just a minute before you leave, please!

Many of you know that the American custom of celebrating Mardi Gras before the Lenten season of fasting and prayer parallels that of “Carnevale” in Italy, Brazil and other Latin countries. During my visit to Venice, Italy, where “Carnevale” is celebrated in the most magnificent ways, I just HAD TO purchase some hand-made masks (both large and small). I use them in the decor of my guest bedrooms. They are beautiful, aren’t they?

mardis gras and Venice carnevale masks

colorful masks for mardis gras and Venice, Italy’s ‘carnevale’!

mardis gras, Venice carnevale

‘carnevale’ masks from Venice, Italy . . . beautiful handmade treasures!  ”Mardi Gras” is the U.S. celebrated holiday of Carnevale in Italy and Brazil.

Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

vivid colors hand-painted on Venetian Carnevale masks!

Here are some other wonderful Mardis Gras and Italian Carnevale recipes for you to enjoy that I’ve prepared over the years.  I hope that you’ll check them out; they are winning recipes as well!

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cheese Filled King Cake

Mardis Gras King Cake

Bananas Foster Muffins

Bananas Foster Muffins Mardi Gras

 

Buon Carnevale and Mardis Gras!

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Comments

  1. The caramel sauce with whiskey is definitely the winner! The bread pudding looks great, Roz.
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes recently posted..Flourless, Sugarfree Peanut Butter Chocolate CookiesMy Profile

  2. I have never ever made bread pudding! What a sin!!!! I am bookmarking this recipe as I LOVE the sound of that caramel whiskey sauce!!! Buon Carnevale! :-)
    Manu recently posted..Ravioli dolci di Carnevale #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. If you could just send me some of this, that’d be greaaaaat :) Seriously, this looks delish!
    Nichole C recently posted..Muffaletta for “Fat Sunday” and #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. Oh, I’m swooning, Roz! I love the addition of caramel to the whiskey sauce! Sounds amazing!!!

  5. Do you realize that my moth is watering right now! That first picture got me! I want this for breakfast, like right NOW!!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. What a gorgeous post!! Your bread pudding looks amazing Roz!!
    Tara recently posted..Shrimp in Mustard Sauce for Fat Sunday #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Bread pudding with all that luscious sauce is the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras! Those masks are beautiful too!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Pecan Bars #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. I adore bread pudding and this recipe is just fabulous. Love your photography.
    Isabel Laessig recently posted..New Orleans Fried Chicken #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. *licking screen* Just not getting the caramel flavor. I’ll have to make some if we get snowed in tomorrow.

    #droolworthy #pinning

  10. That sauce….wow…sounds absolutely incredible.
    Shaina recently posted..Seafood Gumbo for #SundaySupper #MardiGrasMy Profile

  11. I love bread pudding, you nailed this one. It looks amazing.
    Shannon R recently posted..Vegan Pizza Waffles Recipe #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. Comforting, satisfying, and cruelly fattening at the same time are the perfect words to describe this heavenly bread pudding. Love the sauce, too!
    Betsy @ Desserts Required recently posted..Pecan Chocolate Pralines #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Simple dishes make the best recipes. Love this bread pudding. Oh, that sauce…I could drink that sauce. Pinned.

  14. I love bread pudding and this looks wonderful! Hope you are well….Have a GREAT week !!!
    rosemary (@nycstylecannoli) recently posted..February Finds at The Savory PantryMy Profile

  15. Well that caramel whiskey sauce just takes this over the top. I’d love a big helping of that.
    Ciao Chow Linda recently posted..Twelve-Hour Pork RoastMy Profile

  16. I love bread pudding! This sounds awesome,Roz!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Okra Creole #MardiGras #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. Oh my goodness, that caramel whiskey sauce sounds too good to be true. I already love bread pudding but I think with the addition of that sauce this would be the perfect dessert.
    Laura recently posted..Shrimp Po Boy #SundaySupperMy Profile

  18. Roz — I have shied away from bread pudding, but this recipe looks like one that could finally tempt me
    Cathy recently posted..Mardi Gras Savory Beignets #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. Is it wrong that I want to eat this dessert for breakfast? ;) That caramel whiskey sauce sounds divine…
    Katie recently posted..Pancetta and Mushroom Arancini for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. Bread pudding is the best! Your description of it is totally spot on – it’s humble but oh so decadent. And wahoo on spiking caramel with booze! I love your photos – I wish I had a giant bowlful of this right now!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Banana Bread Pudding for a #FatSunday #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. oh Roz you are talking to this Louisiana girls heart here with this bread pudding. it is an all time favorite at our house. I thought I found the one recipe I couldn’t live without and that was my espresso bread pudding but you may have just stole the show with this one. It looks amazing
    Kitchen Belleicious recently posted..The only granola recipe you need- Espresso {Coffee} GranolaMy Profile

  22. I’ve never made bread pudding…but, I’m going to have to try it now. Gorgeous!

  23. This looks absolutely amazing Roz. I love a good bread pudding and this one is right up my alley. xx
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  24. I would say your description of “killer” is perfect for this. Pinning this one, cuz I gotta try it. Thanks Roz.
    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) recently posted..Pear and Blue Cheese CrostiniMy Profile

  25. There is nothing better than bread pudding with whiskey except maybe bread pudding with caramel whiskey sauce! Oh my! You just took one of my favorite dessert and took it up a notch or two.
    mjskit recently posted..Chile de Arbol Pecan SauceMy Profile

  26. That is one heckofa good looking pudding!
    Sarah recently posted..Thai Chili SauceMy Profile

  27. Wiping chin of the drool of looking at this incredible bread pudding. What a fantastic dessert.
    Renee recently posted..Artichoke Spinach Pasta for #WeekdaySupperMy Profile

  28. This looks so amazing! The caramel whiskey sauce must make it incredible. You have so many great recipes on your site, Roz. I want to try them all!
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  29. This is truly a superb bread pudding. I made one in the 1980′s and one in late 1990′s from a Paul Prudhomme recipe. Although very rich in sugars your sublime bread pudding is a wonderful festive treat; I think it is time to prepare one again. Your explicit directions provide a never-fail approach. Thanks for posting, your recipes are always delightful.
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  30. Now I’m motivated to make my bread stale! Gorgeous photos and recipe, Roz =)

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