Southern-Style Gluten-Free Bread Pudding

Gluten-free apple bread pudding with bourbon sauce
Teri Lee Gruss
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
400 Calories
21g Fat
48g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 400
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 6g
Calcium 70mg 5%
*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.)

Use your favorite gluten-free bread to make this rich, Southern-style gluten-free bread pudding recipe. You can substitute rum or brandy for the bourbon in the sauce recipe if you like.


  • For the Bread Pudding:
  • 1/3 cup raisins (or currants)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (or brandy or rum)
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored, sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
  • 6 slices of bread (thick slices, cubed, 1/2-inch gluten-free bread)
  • 2 cups heavy cream (or canned coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • For the Bourbon Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or coconut milk)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (or brandy)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Steps to Make It

Make the Bread Pudding

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 F/163 C. Generously butter a 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish.

  3. Combine raisins and 2 tablespoons bourbon or brandy in a small bowl. Soak for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve liquor.

  4. Sauté sliced apples with maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon over medium-low heat until translucent, but not mushy, about 8 minutes. Set aside.

  5. Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.

  6. Heat cream (or coconut milk) and sugar over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves.

  7. Remove from heat. Pour hot cream (or coconut milk) and sugar mixture over bread cubes. Cool.

  8. Lightly beat eggs in a small bowl. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, vanilla, and liquor reserved from soaking raisins. Pour over bread cube mixture and fold in.

  9. Add melted butter and prepared apples and fold in.

  10. Let mixture sit for about 10 minutes.

  11. Pour bread pudding mixture into buttered baking dish.

  12. Bake for 45 minutes or until the pudding is golden brown and set.

Make Bourbon Sauce:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.

  3. Add sugar, cream (or coconut milk), and salt.

  4. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat.

  5. Stir in bourbon and vanilla.


  • If you can find Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread, use a 12-ounce package in this recipe for a fast, easy and delicious alternative to homemade gluten-free bread.
  • Gluten-Free Bread Pudding and Bourbon Sauce can be made up to two days before serving. Reheat until warm and serve

Reminder: Follow tips for gluten-free cooking. Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.