New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a popular dessert served during Mardi Gras.  Bread Puddings tastes so decadent and is positive proof that leftover bread does have a purpose and can have a second chance.  You can learn how to make this delicious classic recipe to help celebrate Mardi Gras wherever you live.  Also makes a great holiday dessert to serve at Christmas time.

The bourbon sauce is loaded with bourbon and probably not kid-friendly, but an adult only treat.  The bourbon sauce tastes strong right out of the pan,  but mellows when pored over the bread pudding.

This New Orleans Bread Pudding recipe is from my first cookbook called What’s Cooking America.  This wonderful bread pudding always brings back memories of my visits to New Orleans.


New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
New Orleans Bread Pudding:
  • 1 large loaf French Bread (approximately 14 to 16 ounces)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar (granulated)
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Bourbon Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (whiskey) or to your taste
New Orleans Bread Pudding Instructions:
  1. Tear or cut French bread into 1-inch pieces (about 6 to 7 cups); place in a large bowl.  Add milk and let bread pieces soak; crush with your hands until well mixed.

  2. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, allspice, and cinnamon until smooth; stir in raisins.  Stir into the bread/milk mixture.  Let the mixture sit for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Torn up bread    Squeezing bread with hands

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  5. Baked Bread PuddingWhen ready to bake, pour melted butter into a 13x9-inch baking pan or dish.  Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter.

  6. Pour bread pudding mixture into prepared pan or dish.  Bake, uncovered, approximately 45 to 50 minutes, until set in the center, and the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

  7. To serve, cut into squares and put into individual serving dishes.

  8. Serve with warm Bourbon Sauce.  NOTE: Best fresh and eaten the day it is made.

  9. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Bourbon Sauce Instructions:
  1. In a medium-size saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add sugar and beaten egg, whisking to blend well.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.

  2. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon to taste; let cool.

  3. Whisk and reheat before serving.  The sauce should be soft, creamy, and smooth.

  4. Whiskey Sauce   Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce


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Baking    Bread Pudding Recipes    Cajun/Creole    Dessert Recipes    Food History    Mardi Gras   

Comments and Reviews

2 Responses to “New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe”

  1. penny griffith

    Thanks for your information it sounds yummy

  2. Bernis Simmons

    I made this the first time for a guys night out, should have made a double batch it was so popular! A nurse I worked with years ago made something almost exactly like this but wouldn’t share her recipe so I’ve looked for a good while and this seems to fit the recipe perfectly! Thanks for posting this-HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!


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