Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce

bread pudding with whisky sauce
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1148 Calories
63g Fat
133g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 1148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63g 81%
Saturated Fat 31g 153%
Cholesterol 215mg 72%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 133g 48%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 13g
Calcium 224mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

While bread pudding was originally developed to make use of stale bread, it has evolved into its own creamy, crunchy, delicious dessert and is now a much-loved Southern tradition — especially to Cajun and Creole people. 

The ingredient list is long as it uses several spices, but this is a simple recipe to make. 

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, then drizzle whiskey sauce over pudding and cream.


  • For the Bread Pudding:
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 3 cups milk (whole)
  • 8 ounces bread (stale, cut into small cubes)
  • For the Whiskey Vanilla Sauce:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup whiskey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

Bread Pudding

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with the 1 tablespoon butter.

  2. Toast the pecans in a dry frying pan over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until fragrant (don't allow pecans to burn). Remove from the heat.

  3. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, melted butter and milk until well blended.

  4. Place half the bread cubes in the buttered dish, top with the chopped pecans, then pour half the liquid mixture over the bread. Add the remaining bread cubes and top with remaining liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and let set for 30 minutes, gently pressing the cubes underneath the liquid a few times to make sure the bread is moistened. Remove plastic, cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

  5. Uncover the pudding, drizzle 1 cup of the warm Whiskey Vanilla Sauce over it, and bake for an additional 5 minutes, uncovered. Let set for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Serve the remaining Whiskey Vanilla Sauce with the pudding.

Whiskey Vanilla Sauce

  1. While pudding is baking, combine the sugar, cream, spices, and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. When the butter is melted, combine the whiskey, cornstarch, and vanilla in a small bowl, then slowly whisk the whiskey mixture into the gently boiling sauce.

  2. Boil gently for 5 minutes, stirring often.


  • To serve, dish up the hot pudding, place a dollop of whipped cream on top, and drizzle with some of the Whiskey Vanilla Sauce.
  • Bread pudding may be made with any type of unseasoned, leftover bread. Unseasoned meaning not garlic, cheese, rye, or other flavored savory bread.