Christmas Dinner, Easy Recipes

Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding

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Looking for a traditional Christmas dessert with a little twist?  Have I got something special for you?!  A delicious and simple to make Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding is just what the chef ordered!  It is so tasty and can easily be made ahead of time to save you a little stress on the day of.  Then you can warm it up the day of and drizzle the “special sauce” over the top and you will be in heaven!  Seriously!  It is THAT GOOD!!!

Ingredients for the Bread Pudding

Ingredients for the Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding:

4 cups whole milk

1 stick of butter

1 cup white sugar

4 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

¼ tsp salt

12 cups Vanilla Brioche cubes (I found this at Walmart in the bakery section)

½ cup raisins

Vanilla Bourbon Sauce
Vanilla Bourbon Sauce

Ingredients for the Sauce:

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup butter

¾ cup Kentucky Bourbon

Everything mixed together for the Bread Pudding
Everything mixed together for the Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding

Directions for the Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat milk and ½ cup butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until butter is completely melted, approximately 5 minutes.

Mix sugar, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a large mixing bowl with a whisk until well blended.  Slowly stir in milk mixture, stirring as you add the milk.  Stir in brioche cubes and raisins.  Let sit for 5 minutes or until egg mixture has been absorbed by the bread.  Pour into an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish.

Bake uncovered until a toothpick that has been inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Baked Bread Pudding
Baked Bread Pudding

While pudding is baking, heat brown sugar, vanilla, 1 cup of butter and Bourbon in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling and sugar is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. 

Pour sauce over bread pudding when finished. 

Delicious Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding with Sauce
Delicious Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding with Sauce

To Make Ahead:

Reheat baked bread pudding covered with foil for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Reheat sauce in microwave for approximately 4-5 minutes, stirring every minute or so, to ensure it doesn’t boil over.

Pour over warmed bread pudding.

This is a fabulous Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding dessert that is perfect for the holidays, sharing with friends and family or bringing to a potluck gathering because it’s so easy to make.

Here’s to getting another delicious dessert to add to your recipe book and RESETTING your life!


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