Homemade Bread Pudding

Homemade Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce, GreatPartyRecipes.com

Bread pudding is good. Homemade bread pudding is great!

For eons now, we have kept a plastic bag in the freezer where all the stale bread goes, waiting to be bread pudding. It's rather amusing that a recipe even calls for stale bread, and amazing that it becomes something so delicious that it is revered as one of the French-American greats.

The key recipe here is Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce but you can opt for Brandy, Whiskey, Vanilla Cream, or Caramel sauces, or even Pumpkin Bread Pudding, another "homemade" benefit.

Homemade Bread Pudding
with Bourbon Sauce

1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup raisins
5 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 loaf (about 1 lb) firm French bread, "day old" is best
1 cup pecan pieces
Butter for coating the baking dish

Soak the raisins in the bourbon for about 30 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid.

Beat the eggs and sugars in a large bowl. Add the milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and reserved bourbon.

Tear the bread into pieces or cube it, and stir it into the egg mixture. Set it aside for 30 minutes.

Spoon half the bread mixture into a buttered 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish. Sprinkle the raisins and pecans on top and cover with the other half of the bread mixture.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven until firm, about 35 to 45 minutes.

Your homemade bread pudding recipe serves 12; for easy portioning cut the bread pudding in thirds lengthwise and quarters crosswise. Serve warm with warm Bourbon Sauce.

Bourbon Sauce

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup bourbon

Bring the corn syrup, sugar, and butter to a low boil in a non-stick saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the bourbon.


Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce or Brandy Sauce

Substitute whiskey or brandy for the bourbon in both the pudding recipe and the sauce.

Vanilla Cream Sauce

This sauce contains no alcohol so, if you prefer, you can omit the bourbon from the pudding.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1-1/4 cup whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring all the ingredients but the vanilla to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue cooking until the vanilla sauce thickens, a total of about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Simple Caramel Sauce

1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks)
1 cup whipping cream

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar. Continue whisking and pour in the cream. Whisk and heat until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Stir 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree into the egg-sugar-milk-spice mixture above. Bake as above and serve with the sauce of your choice. Again, the bourbon is optional.

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