Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

I come from a long line of hard-working farmers.  My mom’s side of the family grew cotton in the Alma and Telico areas of Texas, while my dad’s family grew tobacco in North Carolina.  If you don’t know anything else about the South, know that cotton and tobacco put us on the map.  Cotton and tobacco are very labor-intensive crops that lacked any innovations to make them easier to grow until recently.  This means that my grandparents picked knee-high cotton by hand and my grandma picked tobacco worms off leaves one by one into a bag for burning.  With hard working people usually comes hearty appetites; this is why the South gives us rich desserts.  Bread pudding is a perfect example of this.  It consists of stale bread drenched in custard, topped with a sugary sauce.  If you feel guilty about eating it, you’re probably not working hard enough.

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Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
Makes a small dish with a 3-cup capacity
  • 9 ounces fresh sourdough artisan bread (~7 slices)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey
  1. First, you need to ensure your bread is stale. I do this by chopping it into 1” cubes and letting it sit out overnight on the counter. If you’re in a hurry, toast the bread cubes in a low oven (200°) until the bread is dry throughout.
  2. Butter a glass baking dish that has a 3-cup capacity. Arrange the stale bread cubes in the dish evenly.
  3. Next, whisk together in a medium bowl the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon (if using). Pour this mixture slowly over the bread cubes and press the cubes down into the custard. Sprinkle the pecan pieces on top.
  4. Let it soak while you preheat the oven to 325°.
  5. Place the baking dish on a small sheet pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. Baking time varies based on staleness of bread. It’s done when the edges are light brown, the middle is slightly puffed and a few pricks reveal no runny egginess.
  6. Let cool while you make the sauce.
  7. Melt the butter, sugar and heavy cream together in a small saucepan over low-heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat and stir in the whiskey. Serve the sauce with the bread pudding while warm.


  1. says

    “If you feel guilty about eating it, you’re probably not working hard enough.” – AMEN. I seriously think this statement alone could fix the obesity problem in America. As someone who spends way too much time in front of her computer, I know for a fact that this is something I desperately need to work on. However, I’m not going to feel guilty about at least *looking* at this gorgeous bread pudding, and maybe even hitting print ;)

  2. says

    Great post. My wife and I have lived in the South for six years now and definitely have a new appreciation for bread pudding. Love your sauce.

  3. says

    Dangit I just got back from the grocery store. Wish I’d seen this before I went cuz I’d be making it tonight! So glad I found your site, thanks!!

  4. says

    Not only do I love this recipe, but I love the story behind it. Family history and regional history combined with humor at the end. You really are a great writer, Christina! Mr. Schalk would loveeee this bread pudding! Must add it to my rotation ASAP. :)


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