KENTUCKY BREAD PUDDING WITH BOURBON SAUCE

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Kentucky Bread Pudding with Bourbon SauceBread Pudding is an old fashioned dessert. It had humble beginnings in 13th century England. It was first known as a “poor man’s pudding” as it was made from stale leftover bread that was just moistened in water, to which a little sugar, spices and other ingredients were added. Today, there are many ways to make this wonderful dessert. While bread pudding is still a way to use up leftover bread, it has gained a reputation as a comfort food and is a featured dessert item in trendy establishments, having shed its humble roots. This is my version. I have yet to serve this scrumptious bread pudding that I did not get raves and lots of requests for the recipe.

BREAD PUDDING

6 cold biscuits or 8 to 10  slices cold bread, crumbled (You can use about any kind of bread. A loaf of French bread is great, cut in cubes. Stale bread works good. I sometimes put my cut up bread cubes in oven on 225 about 30 minutes to make them more like stale bread)
1 cup hot water
1  cup sugar
1/4 cup butter melted
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins soaked in 1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey (If you leave out the raisins, just soak nuts in the bourbon)
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup pecans or walnuts
 
Place whole biscuits or crumbled bread (can crumble biscuits, too) in greased or sprayed baking dish. Pour hot water over biscuits or bread and let soak about 10 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over bread.  Sprinkle nuts of your choice and raisins on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until brown. Makes about 8 servings.
 

BOURBON SAUCE

1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon bourbon or whatever amount is good for you.  I use Woodford Reserve, made in Kentucky!
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white corn syrup or honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and boil for one minute. Either pour the sauce over the pudding and let soak in or serve separately so each person can add their own. I usually pour about half over the pudding and save the other half for sauce.
Pudding can be served hot or cold. Sauce will keep in refrigerator for several days. Sauce can be heated in microwave.

Kentucky Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

This Kentucky Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is perfect for any gathering. Great for the holidays! 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Bread Pudding
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cold biscuits or 8 to 10 slices cold bread crumbled
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins soaked in 1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey If you leave out the raisins, just soak nuts in the bourbon
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts

Bourbon Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or whatever amount is good for you. I use Woodford Reserve made in Kentucky!
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white corn syrup or honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place whole biscuits or crumbled bread (can crumble biscuits, too) in greased or sprayed baking dish. Pour hot water over biscuits or bread and let soak about 10 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over bread. Sprinkle nuts of your choice and raisins on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until brown. Makes about 8 servings.

Bourbon Sauce Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and boil for one minute. Either pour the sauce over the pudding and let soak in or serve separately so each person can add their own. I usually pour about half over the pudding and save the other half for sauce.

Notes

You can use about any kind of bread. A loaf of French bread is great, cut in cubes. Stale bread works good. I sometimes put my cut up bread cubes in oven on 225 about 30 minutes to make them more like stale bread.
Pudding can be served hot or cold. Sauce will keep in refrigerator for several days. Sauce can be heated in microwave.
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Kentucky Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Enjoy!If you like this recipe, you might also like:

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