April 12, 2012

Bourbon Pudding for A Housewarming

Sneak Peak of Estelle's New Dining Room

Here is a sneak peak of our new dining room. The excitement is building and I am SO ready to get settled and host the house warming party. I have already received a request for Estelle's Best Brisket, Corn Pudding and some of the best bourbon bread pudding you have ever tasted. This is one of my most requested bread pudding recipes so ladies....enjoy! I guarantee that your guests will all go home happy campers, ready to change clothes to their comfy pj's with the expanding waistbands!

2 lbs coarsely chopped Texas Toast bread
 1/2 t. Ground Cloves
 1/2 t. Ground Nutmeg
2 t. Ground Cinnamon
1 cup  packed brown sugar
3 T.  butter, melted
8-10 eggs, beaten
1/2 quart Half and Half
1/2 quart heavy whipping cream
1 t. Mexican vanilla extract
1/4 c. Jack Daniel's Bourbon
 1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Put bread cubes into a large container and allow to dry. Combine the brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in another large container. Mix well until blended. Add the eggs, melted butter, half and half, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and Jack Daniels to the brown sugar mix. Mix with a wire whip until well blended. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and mix gently. Add the raisins and mix them in. Spray a 13 X 9 X 2 inch glass baking pan with buttery flavor non-stick spray. Pour the bread mixture into the pan and gently press the bread cubes down so that the liquid absorbs into the bread. Place the pan into the 325 degree oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a toothpick can be stuck in and pulled out of the middle of the pudding clean and moist. Do not overcook.

 Bread Pudding Bourbon Sauce
 1 lb. butter
1 lb brown sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
 1/4 c. Jack Daniels Bourbon

Melt the butter in a heavy pan on the stove top at a medium setting (do not burn the butter!). Add the brown sugar a little at a time until mixed. Whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth and almost to the point of simmering. Be careful not to boil the sauce! It will crystallize.
Slowly add the heavy whipping cream while continuing to stir. Blend well and immediately remove from heat. Add the Jack Daniels Bourbon and mix well. Serve the sauce over the Bread Pudding and go to dessert heaven!


  1. Beautiful Betsy! This room will get a workout once you are in and settled, love the staircase! I don't know if it's normal, but I "decorate for Christmas" in my mind when I see a picture like this. Love the recipe, sharing this post on Pinterest!

    1. Oh thank you Joycee! That's a great idea to jump ahead in thought to Christmas decorating...always a wonderful time! This bread pudding is indeed laden with calories, but it is a true New Orleans favorite for large gatherings. Thank you as always for your kind comments...I still think we must have been sisters at one time or another!!


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